Widely acclaimed for his lyrical improvisations, melodic approach, and warm expressive sound, Steve Snyder has firmly established himself as an in-demand talent in the Pasadena, California area. Famed trombonist Bill Watrous, seven-time Downbeat Trombonist of the Year winner, describes Steve as “one of the finest saxophonists in the Los Angeles area today.”
Cutting his musical teeth in Illinois, Steve soaked up the rich jazz and blues traditions of Chicago and other major Midwest cities. His studies took him to Northern Colorado where he quickly became a regular on the area’s jazz and rock scene, performing across the Rocky Mountain region. A budding reputation as a thoughtful jazz musician led to regular work with top local talent. Stints with the award-winning indie rock band Launching Lydia and funk sensation Atomic Frog added additional colors, rhythm, and diversity to his music, while also being a heck of a good time. In addition to live performances, he produced and DJ’d a jazz radio show and began studio recording for local projects (including the mid-90’s album Heaven by Jonathan Tiersten, known for his acting role in the cult classic Sleepaway Camp).
Since relocating to the Los Angeles area Steve has focused his musical energies on both small group and big band jazz. His quartet has performed regularly at the Holly Street Bar and Grill in Pasadena, voted the best venue for live jazz in Pasadena, as well as numerous private and public events. A love of the collegiate jazz band environment has led to a regular engagement with the Caltech Jazz Band program, where he has received many accolades over recent years. Steve can also be found performing with Big Band Theory (aka the smartest band on the planet). He has also studied recently with renowned saxophonist and master jazz musician Gary Foster.
In 2008 Steve released his first album as a leader, Standards of Giants, recorded with his regular working quartet. Comprised of common and lesser-known jazz standards, it is an homage to classic tunes and the famous musicians who recorded them.
Steve has shared the stage with notable musicians such as Bill Watrous, Steve Huffsteter, Greg Bissonette, Hugh Ragin, Marc Sabatella, Devin Hoff, Mark Sloniker, Sal Lozano, Ryan Cross, Lorca Hart, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the powerhouse ensemble San Gabriel Seven.