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Jim Gailloreto

Jim Gailloreto is an accomplished jazz saxophonist and composer. His jazz style is rooted in a modern post-bop approach.

As a freelance musician he has performed with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Fulcrum Point, Chroma Chamber Orchestra & Chicago Opera Theater. He performed a Chicago premier of Marc Anthony Turnage's “Scorched” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra featuring John Scofield, John Patitucci, and Peter Erskin. He also performed with New York composer/pianist Fred Hersch for a Chicago premier of "Leaves of Grass".

Jim has recorded and performed with notable jazz performer such as Blue Note artist Patricia Barber on “Mythologies”, Origin artist guitarist John Mc Lean's on “Better Angels”, pianist Jeremy Kahn on “Most of a Nickel”, vocalist Grazyna Auguscik's “Lulajze”. His string quartet arrangements can be heard on Kurt Elling's Grammy award winning CD “Dedicated To You”.

Jim has a Bachelors in Music Composition from De Paul University and a Masters in Music Composition from Northwestern University. He is a recipient of the New Works: Creation & Presentation Program Grant from Chamber Music America. He was also recognized in the Jazziz Magazine's “Woodwinds on Fire” jazz select disc.

Gailloreto has five solo CD’s to his credit: The Insider (Wide Sound), Shadow Puppets and Jazz String Quintet (Naim Label), American Complex (Origin Classical) plus a self-produced CD with his quartet Jazzformation.


Album Review

Metropolitan Jazz Octet: The Bowie Project

Read "The Bowie Project" reviewed by Paul Reynolds

A tribute to a pop artist by jazz musicians--as with the new David Bowie album by Chicago's Metropolitan Jazz Octet--has to tread a careful line. It obviously won't--can't--be a rote reproduction of the originals, a flaw that sinks many pop-to-pop tributes. Yet it needs to translate the songs into jazz--its harmonic sophistication, especially--in a way that retains the essence of the artist being celebrated. The MJO effort deftly rises to that challenge. This 11-song project should intrigue Bowieists ...

Liner Notes

Josie Falbo: You Must Believe in Spring

Read "Josie Falbo: You Must Believe in Spring" reviewed by Howard Mandel

The first moments of Josie Falbo's You Must Believe in Spring sweep us into a lush soundscape, through a cinematic introduction, up close and intimately to her marvelous voice. Her voice is full, rich and pure top to bottom, fluid and shapely as anything imaginable, imparting true faith into lyrics valuing a lifetime's experience, acceptance, appreciation and hope. Josie Falbo gives voice to a heartening message, that like all 13 selections here issue sincerely from the glorious musical gifts she ...

Liner Notes

Metropolitan Jazz Octet featuring Paul Marinaro: The Bowie Project

Read "Metropolitan Jazz Octet featuring Paul Marinaro: The Bowie Project
" reviewed by Neil Tesser

In the words of David Bowie: “Changes." The Metropolitan Jazz Octet's two previous albums teem with unadulterated jazz. Paul Marinaro is a hard-swinging, expressive baritone steeped in the Great American Songbook and the jazz tradition. So what in the galaxy are they doing with the music of pop legend--and onetime glam rocker, dancehall king, visual visionary, music man of multiple personae, and cultural icon--David Bowie? Historians might note that Bowie started playing jazz saxophone in his ...

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Steve Million featuring Sarah Marie Young: Jazz Words

Read "Jazz Words" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

Evocative. Soulful. Regretful. Plaintive. But in no sense downbeat. Oddly edifying, joyful in places. Steve Million's compositions and Sarah Marie Young's voice were plainly intended to blend. And they do so in an emotionally stirring landscape of the heart which is powerfully affecting. You find yourself conjuring up quiet journeys, emotional and otherwise, from the past. Wintry, yes, but hopeful too. This is music of the heart, by and for the heart. Starting out with “Heavens to ...

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Patricia Barber: Clique

Read "Clique" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

These time-honored songs, lovingly curated, arranged, and performed by pianist/vocalist Patricia Barber and her band, are at last seeing the light of day when the world needs them more than ever. Pristinely recorded, Clique assembles what began as encores to live performances into an experience all its own. The album comes out of the same sessions that gave us Higher (see review for All About Jazz here), which immersed the fortunate listener in a world shaped by art song and ...

Album Review

Jim Gailloreto: American Complex

Read "American Complex" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Chamber jazz or third stream--or whatever the amalgamation of western classical music and jazz is called--has had a handful of talented proponents sprinkled throughout the history of music. They have ranged from the more structured compositions of Igor Stravinsky to the looser improvisations of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Soprano saxophonist Jim Gailloreto has recently joined the ranks of these musicians. On American Complex, Gailloreto is in the company of a traditional string quartet, a guitarist on one ...

Album Review

The Jim Gailloreto Quintet: The Insider

Read "The Insider" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Summoning the skill to create a fresh perspective can be a daunting task for any seasoned musician. By looking not only to the past, but more so the future, the Jim Gailloreto Quintet aspires to create music that has depth and roots, but still sounds contemporary and fun. The veteran saxophonist is a skilled musician in the Chicago and has been involved in works with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite, as well as performances with emerging ...

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Performance / Tour

Jim Gailloreto's Jazz String Quintet & Pianist Fred Hersch May 8th and 9th, 2008 at Bargemusic

Jim Gailloreto's Jazz String Quintet & Pianist Fred Hersch  May 8th and 9th, 2008  at Bargemusic

Source: Two for the Show Media

Jim Gailloreto's Jazz String Quintet & Pianist Fred Hersch will be performing together on May 8th & 9th, 2008 at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, New York. Showtime both nights is 8:00 PM. Jazz String Quintet: Jim Gailloreto - saxophones Katherine Hughes - Violin Carol Kalvonjian- Violin Benton Wedge - Viola Jill Kaeding- Cello With Special Guest: Fred Hersch - Piano Jazz String Quintet will perform ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

The Bowie Project

Origin Records



Impex Records


Jazz Words

Self Produced


You Must Believe In...

Southport Records


The Road To Your Place

Jazz Artists Resource


It's Too Hot For Words

Delmark Records


Slow Burn

From: The Bowie Project
By Jim Gailloreto

A Night in Tunisia

From: You Must Believe In Spring
By Jim Gailloreto


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