Alex Snydman, made a surprising yet decisive switch from guitar to drums during his Senior year at Hampshire College. Since that time in 2003, Alex has fervently sought out a veritable who’s who in modern jazz to study with. This list includes Eric Harland, Gregory Hutchinson, John Riley, Bob Gullotti, Joe La Barbera, and Damion Reid, among others. Mentor and close friend Eric Harland comments. “Alex really embodies the Spirit we call Love. He’s proven that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams…his dedication and character have always impressed me and he’s climbing the ladder fast!”
Alex has performed at major jazz clubs and festivals on the East and West Coasts with his own groups and as a sideman, sharing the stage with Charles Neville, Avery Sharpe, Miro Sprague, Tatum Greenblatt, Joe Sanders, Geoff Vidal, Doug Abrams, Chris Pattishall, and many others.
Alex’s most recent project is his newly released debut album as a band leader entitled, ‘Fortunate Action’ featuring three of his closest piano associates. Alex states, “I really wanted to capture an accurate synthesis of my time in Massachusetts that truly honored the various groups I have been a part of.“ Alex further explains, “Fortunate Action is really a term that to me symbolizes the positive exponential ripples that echo out when we listen to our Inner Voice. Sometimes this Intuition we are all imbued with is telling us to make a difficult decision, but it seems that it is always directing us towards a path of Love.” Eric Harland reflects on ‘Fortunate Action’ by saying “this album has a warmth, thoughtfulness, group vibe, and cohesion that’s refreshing…a very emotionally gratifying album and thoughtful and impressive debut.”
Snydman is currently pursuing his Masters in Jazz Performance at The California Institute of the Arts while living in Los Angeles.