Andy Snitzer Since his arrival in New York City in 1984, saxophonist Andy Snitzer, an alumnus of the University of Miami’s jazz program, has garnered high praise from colleagues like commercial-jazz master Bob James (his first employer and mentor) and from prominent album producers such as Arif Mardin and Phil Ramone, not to mention scores of world-class singers and musicians that employ him. He’s been a member of Paul Simon’s touring band since the 1990s, and he has played concerts headlined by Beck, Vince Gill, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, and other worthies. Snitzer has kept just as busy in the studio, playing on albums by the likes of Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Roberta Flack, Dr. John, and Elton John. Two world tours in the band of the Rolling Stones, first 1994’s “Voodoo Lounge” then 1997’s “Bridges to Babylon,” brought him to the attention of hundreds of thousands of concert-goers. In a straight-ahead jazz setting, Snitzer is a favorite of Japanese listeners for his creative contributions to the Manhattan Jazz Quintet, whose trumpet player is fellow City Boys Allstar Lew Soloff. The Philadelphia-born saxophone specialist is also a first-rate arranger, composer, and, in the realm of Pro Tools technology, a performance editor of note.
Snitzer, imparting a sense of style and authority to his own music, maintains a thriving solo contemporary-jazz career. His 2013 instrumental album The Rhythm, with touches of world-beat meeting urban grooves, has been a favorite of Smooth Jazz radio, including Art Good’s JazzTrax syndicated radio show in cyberspace. There have been five earlier album solo releases, dating back to the mid-1990s, every one warmly embraced by fans of pop-jazz.
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