Preview: Jim Snidero at Spice of Life, Thursday January 20th, by Fran Hardcastle.
Thursday night sees livewire US alto sax player, composer and respected jazz educator Jim Snidero at the Spice of Life for a rare UK solo appearance. Born in the San Francisco bay area in 1958, he now makes his home in New York.
Snidero’s history as a sideman has seen him work with… the Mingus Big Band, Frank Sinatra and Eddie Palmieri.
As a bandleader he’s employed.. Tom Harrell, Billy Hart, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Kirkland, Benny Green, Louis Hayes, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Peter Washington, Eric Alexander, Kevin Hayes, Tim Hagans, Dennis Irwin, Kenny Washington and Marvin “Smitty” Smith.
He has recorded over 15 albums as a leader and will be playing material from his upcoming release, Interface (Savant).
The really enjoyable early album, ‘Time Out’ is out there on Spotify. It’s more-ish. That richly sonorous tone produces galvanizing solos, with generously joyful swinging melodies.
As an educator he’s penned three “Jazz Conception” books (Advance Music). UK sax players can take advantage of his knowledge for free at a Rico Reeds sax clinic before the gig.
The intimate, relaxed atmosphere of the Spice of Life plus the support of Barry Green’s Trio….come on down.