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Jim Cutler

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jim began playing the clarinet at age 10, and by age 12 had started playing along with solos by Benny Goodman, Arte Shaw, and Jimmy Dorsey from his parents' record collection. By age 14 he knew he had a passion for jazz, so he borrowed his older brother's tenor sax and auditioned for his Junior High stage band, and within a year went from copying the solos of jazz greats to improvising his own. By high school, he was fully involved in music, performing in the jazz ensemble, orchestra, and choirs. Receiving both music and academic scholarships, Jim was accepted in the University of Utah's jazz studies program, and graduated in 1986 with emphasis in jazz composition

The Wolf Awakens

Label: Jamco Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: You Started It; Lovely Silver Goddess; The Wolf Awakens; Angry Men; Sweet Marie; Peaseblossom; Swallows Dance; Prasek’s Lament; St. Hans, St. Peter & Odin; Haze Gray; The Happy Cemetery.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra: The Wolf Awakens

Read "The Wolf Awakens" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Wolf Awakens, Seattle-based saxophonist Jim Cutler's third album as leader of his Jazz Orchestra, consists entirely of original compositions including four of his own, half a dozen by trumpeter Daniel Barry and one ("Haze Gray") by Matso Limtiaco. Before appraising them, a word about the ensemble, and that word is exemplary. These are without a ...

Gimme Some Sugar. Baby!

Label: Jamco Music
Released: 2014
Track listing: Bella’s Boogie; The Mighty Urubamba; St. Cecilia’s Day; Gimme Some Sugar, Baby!; Spirit World; La Folia Lando; Cry Out Loud; Thumper; Visions at the Monkey Bar; Rush to Delivery.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jim Cutler: Gimme Some Sugar. Baby!

Read "Gimme Some Sugar. Baby!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The music on Seattle-based saxophonist Jim Cutler's second big-band album is thematic; that is to say, it was written with people, places or experiences in mind. Half of the album's ten engaging essays were written by trumpeter Daniel Barry, four by Cutler and one ("Visions at the Monkey Bar") by baritone saxophonist James DeJoie who has ...

Take Five With Jon Sheckler

Read "Take Five With Jon Sheckler" reviewed by Jon Sheckler

Meet Jon Sheckler: At a young age Jon Sheckler is already proving to be a well-versed musician and up-and-coming bandleader in the Seattle area. As a drummer, Jon has had the opportunity to play with some of today's leading players including trumpeter Clay Jenkins, award-winning vocalist Catherine Jensen-Hole, Chicago bluesman Al Rowe, and Seattle ...

In Progress

Label: Pony Boy Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Mack's Place; Milky Way Mambo; Alan Weight Speaking; Get In The Game; Encontro Das Aguas; Dreamcatcher; Dear Lord; In Progress; Autumn Mist; The Checkered Demon; May Day; View From The Top; Twilight Dawned.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra: In Progress

Read "In Progress" reviewed by Jack Bowers

It's not true that I never met a big band I didn't like. I just haven't met any lately--especially not from the Seattle area, which gradually and without fanfare has become a breeding ground for invigorating contemporary big band jazz. Case in point: the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, whose debut CD, In Progress, is a corker ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra: In Progress

Read "In Progress" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, a hard-driving local house band from Seattle, debuts with this album sculpted in the finest big band tradition. Led by saxophonist and composer Jim Cutler, the sixteen-piece big band features the best talented musicians from the Puget Sound area. The thirteen lively big band arrangements here are entirely comprised of new ...

For Real

Label: Pony Boy Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: Second and Blanchard, For Real, Another New Beginning, Last Boat to Freedom, The Schweetie, Norma Jeanne, You Go To My Head, Mookie's Secret Revenge, Alan Weight Speaking, Twilight Dawned, Thumper, Get in the Game.


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