James Snyder

James Snyder's Biography

James Snyder has been a Yamaha Performing Artist since 1982. His experience runs from sideman to soloist; from theme parks to cruise ships; from jazz festivals to recording studios; and from Bourbon Street nightclubs to symphony halls. He is currently in his twentieth year as a staff musician and band leader for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, FL. Jim is also a featured performer with The Mickey Finn Show of NBC-TV fame. He is the clarinet columnist for Halftime Magazine, and has appeared throughout the U.S. as a clinician. His latest solo recording "Coliseum Square" was released in November 2007 on the Apple Jazz label.

Jim has spent years on the road with various acts performing "one-nighters" throughout the continental U.S. and Canada, as well as a lengthy performance/educational tour of Alaska funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. As a result of his extensive travel with trumpeter Al Hirt, and New Orleans' Dukes of Dixieland, Jim has performed with many symphony orchestras. He had performing residencies at both the 1982 and 1990 World's Fairs -- in Knoxville, TN and Osaka, Japan, respectively -- and is regularly featured at jazz festivals all over the U.S. Because of his flexibility and highly recognizable sound, he's is in demand as a soloist and sideman on recordings that run the gamut of popular music styles; yet his musical training is truly autodidactic.

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