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Guest Artist to Join NSU Jazz Band for 2002-2003 Season Opener

TAHLEQUAH, OK - Saxophonist Jim Snidero will be the featured guest artist with the Northeastern State University Jazz Bands for the 2002-2003 Jazz Lab season opener on Thursday, October 3, at 8 p.m. A resident of New York since 1981, Snidero has earned the reputation as being one of the finest performers and educators active on today’s jazz scene. Before the evening concert, Snidero will conduct a free clinic at 4 p.m., also at the NSU Jazz Lab.

“As someone who has followed Jim’s career, I am particularly excited to have him work and perform with our bands,” said Will Campbell, NSU director of Jazz Studies. “He not only is a first-rate musician, but he has also made a tremendous impact on jazz education.”

Snidero has recorded more than 10 CDs as a leader for various domestic and international labels, featuring some of today’s best jazz artists. The New York Times called his solos “dazzling,” and Gary Giddins of the Village Voice called him “a young altoist with a wonderfully aggressive broadsword of a sound, recalling Bird in its sheer jubilance.” Snidero has been a member of the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, Eddie Palmieri’s Latin Jazz Octet, and many others. He was also a member of Frank Sinatra’s Orchestra for four years, and can be heard on Sinatra’s Duets 2 (Capitol) recording.

Admission for the concert is $5. Ticket reservations can be made by calling the NSU Central Ticket Office at 918-458-2323.

This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Selmer Company, maker of Selmer saxophones. This is a Heartland Arts Fund program. The Heartland Arts Fund is a collaborative venture of Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, their member state agencies (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin) with primary funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and support from private contributors.


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