Jesse J. Snyder aka Jesse Now Jerome
Musician, arranger, composer and vocalist, Jesse Snyder also known as Jesse Now Jerome is an aspiring and integral part of the music scene happening on the Big Island of Hawaii. A movement that has growing appreciation for a healthy life full of culture, art and Jazz…music that is pure, enjoyable and illuminating.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Jesse grew up with great musical influences. One grandfather gave him his first clarinet at age 10 and the other gave access to his big band record collection including the classic standards of Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. His guitar-playing dad and supportive mom encouraged his further musical education through private lessons with Marty Caruso, who was the musical director for local TV talent show host, Al Alberts and for the Four Aces. He easily mastered the clarinet through grade school and continued to broaden his horizons with the saxophone. During an Elizabethtown College Summer Music Program, he was recognized by classically-trained Doris Hall-Gulati who saw his potential and abilities. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, was in the pit band at the Norman Rockwell Theatre at Penn State and in one production he multi-tasked having a small role and also played in the band. He was in a youth band that opened for McCoy Tyner of John Coltrane’s Band and also has an array of non-musical work experience. While performing with a Baltimore-based jazz group, he picked up the nickname Jesse Now Jerome, before coming to Hawaii in 2009.
Looking again to broaden his horizons in the Hawaii music scene, he performed in a duo at the Kava Bar in Hawi, then at the Red Water Café providing the music for Friday night diners. He quickly gained a presence with a number of bands like the Slippersons, Olliephonics, Volcano Jazz Ensemble and occasionally as Jesse Snyder Jazz Trio and Gary Washburn & friends. Adding to his versatility, he became a part of Bump City, a 4-horn funk band and Peak, a neo-soul group. He more recently has picked up playing percussion and the drums. He currently performs in different configurations at Kings Land, the Koa Table, Manta & Pavilion Wine Bar, Gertrudes, Red Water Café and the Aloha Theatre, enjoys studio sessions and doing horn arrangements for different groups and genres.
In 2014, he wrote the horn arrangements for the innovative swing jazz band Kahulanui’s, Hula Ku’i album which received nominations for the 2014 Grammy Awards and the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaiian Grammys). He enjoys arranging and has worked out of Charles Brotman’s Studio, Mana Music with Michael Surprenant, and with various other artists.
Jesse plays the baritone sax, tenor sax, alto and soprano saxes, clarinet, flute, drums/percussion, nose flute and sings lead and background vocals. When performing, his classic cool style is light-hearted with whimsical riffs, to down deep and soulful or funky and creatively upbeat with hi-hat or his signature high kick, he is always involved and enthusiastic. He transcends multi- genres…. classic and contemporary jazz, blues, funk, neo-soul, R&B, Motown, Hawaiian swing and rock, lending a fresh energy to every performance.
He is an integral part of these albums:
- 2017 – Mele Ho’oilina by Kahulanui – Mana Music Studios
- 2016 – Sassy by Gary Washburn – Studio Milan
- 2016 – Boundaries by the Slippersons – Studio Kumau/Lava Tracks
- 2015 – The Jazz Angle by Red Water Trio – Lava Tracks
- 2015 – “New” from Hawaii to New York EP by Kahulanui – Palm Records
- 2012 – Hula Ku’i by Kahulanui – Palm Records
Where will Jesse Snyder be in five years? In ten years?
He says: “Further down the road, I guess…having experienced many inspiring and diverse events in my musical life and having created memories that have enriched who I am. I’ll continue to seek new collaborations and maintain all the great ones I have now.” He looks forward to experiencing it all!
Jesse Now Jerome plays a Forestone tenor saxophone and a Antigua baritone saxophone.
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