Kitano Jazz Club Welcomes Saxophonist Jim Snidero & His Quartet
The Kitano Jazz Club is proud to announce the CD release event for alto saxophonist Jim Snidero‘s critically acclaimed recording Crossfire (Savant Records). The event will feature Snidero’s new group- Paul Bollenback-Guitar, Paul Gill-Bass, and Billy Drummond-drums-performing all of the music from the album, sited by critic Neil Tesser as “some of Snidero’s most insightful work on disc”, and “a new band an evolving approach that deserves your attention”.
The shows are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 30st-31st, 2009 with sets at 8:00pm & 10:00 pm. Cover is $25 with a $15 minimum. For reservations, call (212) 885-7119 or log on to www.kitano.com.
Hailed as an “alto sax virtuoso” and “master musician” by Downbeat Magazine, Jim Snidero has been a highly-respected bandleader and recording artist for over a quarter century. Since making his first recording as a leader, entitled On Time (Toshiba/EMI, 1984), he has contributed to the art form with a remarkably diverse set of recordings (14 to date) on both major and indie labels, including Strings (Milestone), which he both composed and arranged for string orchestra, called a “masterpiece” by the Philadelphia Weekly, San Francisco Guardian, Swing Journal and Jazz Life magazine, among others. His 2007 release, Tippin’ (Savant) – which was recorded with an organ trio – was a major hit on US jazz radio, topping the charts for months.
As a touring bandleader and recording artist, Snidero’s sidemen read as a who’s who on the current jazz scene: Tom Harrell, Billy Hart, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Kirkland, Benny Green, Louis Hayes, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Peter Washington, Eric Alexander, Kevin Hayes, Tim Hagans, Kenny Washington, Marvin “Smitty” Smith and Paul Bollenback, to name a few.
In addition to his performance activities, Snidero has been a major contributor to jazz education as both a best-selling author and educator. The three “Jazz Conception” (Advance Music) book series’ he has penned are some of the most widely-used text books in the world, firmly established as a cornerstone of jazz education.
He is on the adjunct faculty at New School and New Jersey City University, commuted from NYC to run the jazz saxophone studio for the top-rated music program at Indiana University in 2006, and is an active clinician for The Conn-Selmer Company and Rico Reeds.