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Overdue Ovation for Jim Snidero

Contractual motivation

Jim Snidero

“Phil Woods said, ‘Any damn kid can make a record in their 20s. What are you gonna do in your 40s?'” relates Jim Snidero, referring to one of his mentors on the alto saxophone. We’re at a brunch spot just outside Washington, D.C., where he’s playing the weekend at the club Twins Jazz. “I’m proud of the fact that I’m active, as a jazz soloist, in my 50s. It’s a good time for me.”

Snidero has had no deficit of good times as an active jazz soloist. The saxophonist and composer has been making records under his own name since 1984, 19 in all. His latest, Main Street (Savant), featuring pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Rudy Royston, was released in January. As a sideman he began his career with Brother Jack McDuff and the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, before moving on to work with Frank Wess, Walt Weiskopf, Eddie Palmieri and Frank Sinatra’s East Coast band for the final years of the Voice’s performing career.

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