Composer and Saxophonist Joshua Shneider has enjoyed a career that has included writing for and playing with some of the most inspiring and inspired artists of our time.
He has had his compositions and arrangements performed and/or recorded by Donald Brown, James Williams, Bill Pierce, John Abercrombie, George Bohanon, Howard Johnson, John McNeil, Mark Feldman, Christian Howes, Lucy Woodward, The Bill Mobley Jazz Orchestra, The BMI Jazz Orchestra and many others. He is the leader of The Joshua Shneider Love Speaks Orchestra, a 19 piece ensemble performing his original compositions and arrangements. He has collaborated on music for the theater with playwrights Eve Ensler and Rosemary Moore. He is a founding member of Pulse, a chamber ensemble of composers and performers dedicated to presenting contemporary music without boundaries.
Joshua Shneider began his career as a saxophonist playing with a variety of artists from across the musical spectrum, such as Felix Cavaliere, John Sebastian, Geoff Muldaur, Tom Rush, Robbie Dupree, John Hall, esteemed Jazz Educator Clem De Rosa, Matt Guitar Murphy and The Mighty Sparrow among others. His saxophone has also been featured with an array of Theater and Film artists, which include director Lee Breuer and composer Bob Telson (The Gospel at Colonus, The Warrior Ant, and the recording “Calling You”), and filmmaker Percy Adlon (Bagdad Cafe, Hawaiian Gardens). He has been quoted extensively in the book “Thinking in Jazz- The Infinite Art of Improvisation” by Paul F. Berliner, pub. 1994, Univ. of Chicago Press.
Joshua Shneider has been recognized by The National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, ASCAP, The International Association of Jazz Education, the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop and the Brooklyn Arts Council. He was named a 2012 recipient of an American Music Center CAP Recording Grant for new music by American Composers made possible by endowment funds from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.
Joshua Shneider received his BM and MM in Composition from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Ludmila Ulehla, Manny Albam, David Berger, Richard De Rosa and Giampalo Bracali. As a saxophonist he has studied with Joe Viola, George Coleman, Eddie Daniels and Barry Harris.
Joshua Shneider lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, playwright Rosemary Moore.