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Jim Snidero


Over the past thirty-five years, Jim Snidero has come to be known as one of the finest jazz musicians of his generation. As an alto saxophonist, composer, arranger, author and educator, Snidero has been called both a “master musician” and “alto saxophone virtuoso” by Downbeat Magazine, and placed in the 2017 Downbeat Critic’s Poll, demonstrating his continued impact on the international jazz scene.

Jim Snidero grew up in Camp Springs, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC . Musically nurtured from a young age, both at home and in his school music program, Snidero began to quickly show promise as a musician


Far Far Away

Label: Savant Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Far Far Away; Infinity; It Might As Well Be Spring; Nowhere To Hide; Obsession; Pat; Search For Peace; Little Falls.


Article: Year in Review

Dan McClenaghan's Best Jazz Albums Of 2023

Read "Dan McClenaghan's Best Jazz Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The top jazz recordings of the year in the order (more or less) that they came in the door. Concerning the recorded jazz offerings in in 2023, we could quote Frank Sinatra singing Ervin Drake's lyrics in the 1966 Grammy winner: “It was a very good year." It is difficult to pick a favorite. These are ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kurt Rosenwinkel, Angel Bat Dawid, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Next.Ape & More

Read "Kurt Rosenwinkel, Angel Bat Dawid, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Next.Ape & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Cécile McLorin Salvant, Ben Wendel and Kurt Rosenwinkel are the threads bridging the various sections of this week's show which, in turn, is like a bridge between Europe and the US.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Jacques Schwarz-Bart “Sun Salutation" The Harlem Suite (Ropeadope) ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Far Out!

Read "Far Out!" reviewed by Michael Ambrosino

Inside, outside and all around this genre, exists a remarkable array of music that all flows back to the unique source and sensibility known as jazz. This episode features Jim Snidero, Buster Williams, Nicholas Payton, Rebecca Nash, Kendrick Scott, Diego Rivera, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Joe Locke, Vince Mendoza, Nguyên Lê, Theo Croker and Lisa Marie ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Going Far Away with Jim Snidero

Read "Going Far Away with Jim Snidero" reviewed by David Bixler

In his early twenties, saxophonist Jim Snidero had surrounded himself with the music of the John Coltrane quartet and the Miles Davis quintet, however upon moving to New York City forty years ago and coming face to face with the tradition, he did an about face and dedicated himself to the pursuit of bebop. In the ...


Article: Album Review

Jim Snidero: Far Far Away

Read "Far Far Away" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There are many reasons for recording a jazz album, from “let's get together and create something fresh and exciting" to “well, it's about time we recorded another album." With all due respect, alto saxophonist Jim Snidero's latest recording, Far Far Away, seems to lean more toward the latter. That is not to suggest that it is ...


Article: Liner Notes

Jim Snidero: Far Far Away

Read "Jim Snidero: Far Far Away" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Far Far Away brings us ever so close to the genius of Jim Snidero. An incandescent affair built upon the pillars of new partnership and continuing collaboration, it showcases a marked consistency in craftsmanship and inventiveness that leaves no doubt as to this artist's place in the jazz firmament. Of course, seasoned listeners need no reminders ...


Article: Album Review

Jim Snidero: Far Far Away

Read "Far Far Away" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Alto saxophonist Jim Snidero had quite a year in 2021, with the re-release of his masterpiece, Strings (Savant), originally released in 2001, and the release of another masterful set, Live At Deer Head Inn (Savant). In 2022 he decided to keep a good thing going, inviting his Deer Head rhythm section--pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Peter Washington, ...


Article: Album Review

UNT One O'Clock Lab Band: Lab 2021

Read "Lab 2021" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The University of North Texas' flagship ensemble, the One O'Clock Lab Band, has been producing annual recordings for almost half a century. It has also given rise to a veritable assembly line of world-class jazz musicians, more of whom are no doubt coming of age while honing their chops on the One O'Clock's latest album, Lab ...


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