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Contemporary jazz saxophonist/composer Andy Snitzer was born and raised in Philadelphia; although his first instrument was the clarinet, he turned to the sax at age 15, going on to study music at the University of Miami. There he was discovered by Bob James, touring behind the keyboardist and appearing on a series of albums beginning with 1987's Obsession; Snitzer concurrently earned his MBA at New York University, landing a position at the J.P. Morgan Investment firm while also emerging as a sought-after session musician. He made his headlining debut with Ties That Bind, scoring the NAC chart-topper "You've Changed"; he also branched out from jazz to pop, touring behind the Rolling Stones and recording with artists from Bette Midler to Aretha Franklin. Snitzer returned in 1996 with In the Eye of the Storm; Some Quiet Place followed three years later. ~ Jason Ankeny