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Jim Cifelli


Jim Cifelli has been active as a trumpeter, composer and educator in New York City for 15 years. Jim holds degrees from New York University the Manhattan School of Music. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by numerous professional and student ensembles including the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, The Composers Big Band, Clarion University and others. For the past six years Jim has composed for his own group: The New York Nonet.

Jim has released three CD's with the Nonet: Bullet Trane (Short Notice Music), So You Say (A Records), Tunnel Vision (Short Notice Music) and Groove Station (Short Notice Music).

He has also been active as an adjudicator and clinician and is the Director of Jazz Ensembles at the Trinity School in New York City.


Groove Station

Label: Short Notice Music
Released: 2005
Track listing: Groove Station, You Better Believe It, Time Out, Chaotica, Young Dan, Sertao, Long time Comin', Old School


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Jim Cifelli: Groove Station

Read "Groove Station" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

I'm not quite sure if I could label Groove Station as a jazz album without an asterisk. If we're talking about the Paul Shaffer Band on CBS or the Max Weinberg Band on NBC servicing the musical needs of the Letterman/Conan O'Brien shows, then you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Jim ...


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Jim Cifelli: Groove Station

Read "Groove Station" reviewed by Jim Santella

Oh yeah. Just let yourself go. This one carries you away with a solid rhythmic groove that flows naturally from ancient springs somewhere up above. Drinking from these waters will definitely extend your life far beyond the family doctor's expectations. With Groove Station, trumpeter Cifelli brings his mellow sound around for a ...


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Jim Cifelli: Groove Station

Read "Groove Station" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

After three nonet albums, Jim Cifelli has moved away from his “little big band" in order to get into another groove. He does this on Groove Station with a septet, a change of instrumentation, and a clear idea of the direction he is headed. That direction is funk, and while the grooves reverberate with the pulse, ...


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Jim Cifelli: Groove Station

Read "Groove Station" reviewed by John Kelman

With three highly-acclaimed nonet albums to his name, trumpeter Jim Cifelli switches gears for his fourth album, the aptly-titled Groove Station. While soul and R&B grooves suffuse the disc, there is no doubt that Cifelli and his sextet come from a jazz sensibility. With a collective résumé that includes work with Wilson Pickett, Spencer Davis, James ...


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Jim Cifelli: Groove Station

Read "Groove Station" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The funk/groove sound: it seems like you shouldn't have to say too much about it. It's tight, in the pocket; it's good time music, not falling into the “cerebral listening" category; done well, it's a hell of a lot of fun...It's done exceptionally well on Groove Station , where trumpeter Jim Cifelli tries on ...


Tunnel Vision

Label: Short Notice Music
Released: 2003
Track listing: Go; Something She Said; Fee Fi Fo Fum?Speak No Evil; Cajun Conniption; Cambio de Corazone; What Is This Thing Called Love?; Tunnel Vision; Prayer


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The Jim Cifelli New York Nonet: Tunnel Vision

Read "Tunnel Vision" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Jim Cifelli has gathered together a fine band of musicians for this third outing with his nonet. The tunes, almost all originals, hold up pretty well too. The charts make for clean ensemble lines and leave room for the soloists to capture and extend upon the essence of the melody. There are a couple of exceptions. ...


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