Greg Snyder Bio

Born in Allentown, Pa, Greg Snyder began studying classical guitar under the instruction of Ted Williams at age 11. While taking classical guitar lessons, Greg learned his favorite radio tunes by ear, and, not too long after, he got his hands on his first Fender Stratocaster. He trained in traditional blues and jazz with Gus Schnabel before he moved to Philadelphia to study Jazz Performance at Temple University. Studying under Tom Giacabetti and Terell Stafford, Greg quickly became a premier guitarist in the Philadelphia area. He had the privilege of performing in master classes with Clark Terry, Antonio Hart, Conrad Herwig, Jimmy Heath, Steve Davis, among others. After graduating from Temple University with a jazz performance degree, Greg joined the faculty in 2005 and continues to teach at the Conservatory of Musical Arts in Audubon, NJ. Greg also teaches at LaSalle College Prep High School in Wyndmoor, Pa alongside a brilliant faculty. In the past, he has also taught at Bishop Shanahan Catholic High School in Downingtown, PA, Paul VI Catholic High School in Haddonfield, NJ, Bucks County Piano in Levittown, PA, Wissahickon Arts Center in Philadelphia, Pa, and Planet Harp in Bethlehem, Pa.

Greg has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Kimmel Center, the Midwest Jazz Clinic, the July 4th Welcome America Festival in Philadelphia, The Iridium, The Bitter End, Musikfest, The Steel Stacks, Mayfair, Believe Fest, the Lincoln Center, the Rainbow Room, the Liacouras Center, the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, Allentown Symphony Hall, and many other local hotels, restaurants, bars, and music festivals in Philadelphia, New York City and the outlying regions. Greg was the guitarist for the second national tour of the musical The Color Purple.

Greg led his original rock/funk group Nano 3 for over 10 years. He plays in many local bands and works with many other musicians, including The Slicked Up Nines, James Day and the Fishfry, Dena Underwood, Ellipsis, The Jason O'Mara Group, My Name is August, The Copa Boys, Dave Thomas, and many others. (Check out the projects tab to connect to these other great musicians.) Greg has also played with the great George Rabbai, Gene Perla, Jon Burr, and Ron Thomas.

Greg recorded with The Temple University Jazz Ensemble on the album Room 323 and with the group My Name Is August on their EP A Higher Place. He composed and recorded soundtrack material for the independent film Spitting Water. As the band leader, composer, guitarist and vocalist of Nano 3, he composed, recorded, and independently released four albums for the original group: Fatmandu, The Orange Album, Transitions, and Live at 218.

The Greg Snyder Trio is his latest project. Drawing from a vast musical background and years of composing experience, the Greg Snyder Trio’s music includes textures and shades of classical, rock, blues, funk, R&B, and jazz. The trio's debut album, In The State Of Nature, starts with an odd-meter composition that contains flashing inflections of the band Yes and of Yes guitarist, Steve Howe. The second song is an aggressive Afro-Cuban number that conjures images of Kurt Rosenwinkel playing with Art Blakey. The rest of the album transitions from fusion to R&B and echoes sounds from Weather Report, Wayne Shorter, Brian Blade and John Coltrane. In The State Of Nature is a modern jazz album influenced by music that isn't necessarily jazz. Expect to hear something new.

The trio's home is Philadelphia, Pa, and you can catch the group at local venues in the city, but the trio can also be seen in the Lehigh Valley and New York City.