Music Department

SXU Jazz FestivalSXU Jazz Festival

Friday, March 20, 2020

Festival concert featuring guest artist Jim Snidero and the Saint Xavier University Jazz Ensemble.

Concert begins 7:30 p.m.
McGuire Hall (L-216)
Warde Academic Center
Saint Xavier University
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Jazz Festival performances, clinics and workshops.

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
McGuire Hall (L-216)
Warde Academic Center
Saint Xavier University
3700 W. 103rd Street
Chicago, IL 60655

Festival Overview

The Saint Xavier University Music Department is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual SXU Jazz Festival taking place on March 20-21, 2020. The two-day festival begins with the opening concert on Friday night featuring the Saint Xavier Jazz Ensemble with the festival guest artists, alto saxophonist Jim Snidero.

The festival continues on Saturday with performances by local high school, middle school and community college jazz ensembles and combos. Each ensemble performs roughly 25 minutes of music for a panel of Chicago's finest jazz educators and performers. During the day students are able to attend clinics and master classes given by members of the SXU Jazz faculty and our guest artist Jim Snidero.

Although the SXU Jazz Festival is a non-competitive festival, the adjudicators will be selecting musicians in each group to be awarded scholarships to the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp and the SXU-Southside Summer Jazz Camp. All ensembles receive a 25-minute, one-on-one clinic with an adjudicator after the performance.

Schedule of Events

Featured Guest Artist: Jim Snidero, alto saxophone

Jim SnideroHailed a "master musician" and "alto saxophone virtuoso" (Downbeat Magazine), Jim Snidero's music encapsulates what is both unique and compelling about jazz. Be it a veteran recording artist (EMI, Milestone, Savant, etc.), or sideman (Mingus Big Band, Frank Sinatra, Eddie Palmieri, Brother Jack McDuff, among many), Snidero can truly say "been there, done that."

Placing in both Downbeat's reader and critic polls (latest 2017), Snidero has demonstrated his continued relevance on the international jazz scene. His 20 solo recordings include "Blue Afternoon" (Criss-Cross), listed in "The Penguin Jazz Guide: The history of the music in the 1001 best albums," and "Strings" (Milestone/Fantasy) called a "masterpiece" by several major publications. Snidero was also granted a prestigious NEA grant to record with Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland.

In addition to his performance activities, Jim Snidero is one of the most influential jazz authors in jazz education history. His best-selling Jazz Conception book series' (Advance Music) have changed the way jazz is taught worldwide, being translated into 4 languages, and he is the founder of the Jazz Conception Company, offering multi-media products via apps.

Snidero is on the adjunct faculty at New School University and New Jersey City University, and was a visiting professor at both Princeton University and Indiana University. He endorses D'Addario and Selmer products.

More Information and Registration

To register, please fill out the form below. If you have any questions, please contact Shawn Salmon at salmon@sxu.edu or call 773-298-3420. Registration deadline is March 16, 2020.

All ensembles sizes and instrumentations are welcome to register.