Recording artist on Milestone Records, Criss-Cross, Red Records. Sideman w/ Mingus band, Frank Sinatra, Jack Mcduff, Eddie Palmieri, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Frank Wess, Walt Wieskopf,...
Jim Snidero attended the U of North Texas, where he was a member of the One O’clock band, before moving to New York in 1981, studying with both Phil Woods and David Liebman.
Snidero has performed and/or recorded with Frank Sinatra, Eddie Palmieri, Tony Bennett, Jack McDuff, Mingus Big Band, Jack Dejohnette, Sting, Dave Holland, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Eddie Gomez, and Frank Wess, among others.
His solo credits include 17 recordings for EMI, Milestone, Savant and Criss-Cross, including “Strings” (Milestone), composed for string orchestra, hailed a “masterpiece”. In 2011, “Interface” (Savant) prompted a full-length feature in Downbeat magazine, demonstrating his continued relevance on the international jazz scene.
Snidero is considered one of the most influential jazz educators of his generation, authoring the “Jazz Conception” series, which “changed the way jazz is taught”. His “Jazz Conception Company” is producing innovative courses in jazz improvisation and performance. He is an adjunct at New School University and was a visiting professor at both Indiana U and Princeton. Snidero is an active clinician for both Conn-Selmer and Rico.