By Matt Micucci
On Oct 29, the Jim Snidero Quintet will be paying tribute to the great Phil Woods, one month after his death, with a concert named One for Phil at New York’s Smoke Jazz and Suppers Club. They will be playing three sets, at 7pm, 9pm and 10:30pm.
The great alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader and composer Phil Woods died on Sept. 29 in East Stroudsburg, Pa. He was 83 years old, and the cause of death was a complication of emphisema.
Acclaimed saxophonist Jim Snidero first met Woods in 1975, then studied with him until moving to New York in the early eighties.
“Phil was the guy that inspired me to commit to the music, and for that, I will always be grateful” states Snidero. “Without question, he was one of the greatest jazz musicians and alto saxophone players of all time”.
Woods on his part also had much admiration for his fellow saxophonist, and earlier in the year even stated that he was now a “masterful artist”.
The Jim Snidero Quintet is composed of Jim Snidero on alto saxophone, Alex Sipiagin on trumpet, Andy LaVerne on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Jason Tiemann on drums. For more information on their performance of One for Phil, visit the official website of the Smoke Jazz and Supper Club ->http://www.smokejazz.com/<-