Over the course of a career lasting more than 35 years, Jim Snidero has established his reputation as a leader both on the bandstand and as an influential author of jazz education books. A pioneer in music education technology, with his venture The Jazz Conception Company (TJCC), his recordings and latest releases only affirm the alto saxophonist’s role as an important and evolving jazz artist.
Snidero’s performance history and critically-acclaimed catalogue has found him playing alongside some of the greatest names in modern jazz, including Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Mulgrew Miller, Tom Harrell, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Benny Green and Billy Hart, though Snidero brings the same passion to his efforts in the fields of music technology and education.
This year marks two decades since Snidero’s publication of the first volume of his influential Jazz Conception series, which led to Snidero becoming the best-selling author of jazz education material of his generation (there is no reliable metric to measure how his books compare to others from previous decades). His innovations in the world of digital learning with TJCC, which integrates video lessons, audio tracks and sheet music into courses, has attracted individual users in 57 countries and music programs nationwide.
These simultaneous endeavors in performance and education cast a spotlight on the wide scope of Snidero’s vision as a master musician, best-selling author and educator, and technology entrepreneur. “It makes a huge difference when you’ve spent years in the trenches in New York working hard to create lasting music,” he says. “That kind of experience is essential when it comes to creating enduring works in education, too. I’m equally proud of both.”