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Trumpeter Jim Rotondi began his musical studies at a very early age. His mother, a piano teacher, encouraged Jim to begin playing the piano at age eight. He took up the trumpet at age twelve. In 1980 Jim graduated from Butte High School in Butte,Montana. He then attended North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas), where he graduated with a degree in trumpet performance. While in Texas, Jim was awarded first place in the International Trumpet Guild's jazz trumpet competition for the year 1984. After college Jim began recording and touring internationally with the Ray Charles Orchestra

Yes, It Is!

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Green and Yellow; If I Should Lose You; You’re So Beautiful That; I Think She Likes Ketchup; Dear Little Daisy; First Snow in Graz; November 21; Mama Used to Say.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Win Pongsakorn: Yes, It Is!

Read "Yes, It Is!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although it may take a while (if ever) for Pongsakorn “Win" Lertvanitsutha to become a household name outside his native land, the twenty-nine-year-old trumpeter from Thailand makes an impressive debut on Yes, It Is!, a buoyant studio session, recorded in Italy, that makes room for a brace of guest appearances by Pongsakorn's mentor, Jim Rotondi. Besides ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Maria’s A Winner & Sonny Is Too

Read "Maria’s A Winner & Sonny Is Too" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Sometimes in this business, you get so saturated with new music that your ears are paralyzed. The blues to the rescue, including Dexter Gordon singing with his voice, not just the saxophone. We also salute and celebrate Maria Schneider's receipt of a Jazz Masters' Award this spring from the National Endowment for the Arts. The first ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alexis Cole with One For All: You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To

Read "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vocalist Alexis Cole hasn't found a setting or theme that doesn't suit her. Since arriving on the scene near the turn of the century she's covered a tremendous amount of ground and delivered a good number of well-conceived and beautifully executed albums. Cole teamed up with dozens of A-listers for a charitably-driven Christmas outing, explored the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Trumpeter/Composer Wayne Tucker to release new epic recording “Wake Up and See the Sun” (One Trick Dog Records)

Trumpeter/Composer Wayne Tucker to release new epic recording “Wake Up and See the Sun” (One Trick Dog Records)

The new release from trumpeter/composer Wayne Tucker titled Wake Up and See the Sun (One Trick Dog Records – November 3rd, 2017) is the type of recording that is larger-than-life from blank staff paper to the masterful music that makes it to the final recording. Joined by some of the finest musicians in today’s music scene ...

Dark Blue

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: In Graz; BC; Biru Kirusai; Dark Blue; Highline; Pure Imagination; Monk's Mood; Le Crest; Our Day Will Come; Going to the Sun.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2016

Read "C. Andrew Hovan's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

It is hard to believe I have been writing about jazz for All About Jazz for almost 18 years now. During that time period, vinyl was scarce as can be, only to come back recently with a vengeance. With many classic jazz recordings working their way into the area of public domain, ubiquitous CD reissues have ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ed Neumeister: Suite Ellington

Read "Suite Ellington" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

A complete summary of trombonist Ed Neumeister's musical career would date back to his pre-school years. Initially a regular fixture on the San Francisco circuit, he later immersed himself in the New York jazz scene dividing almost thirty-five years between the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Mel Lewis Big Band. His additional experiences with classical orchestras ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

One for All: The Third Decade

Read "The Third Decade" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Hard to believe it will be twenty years ago next year that the hard bop ensemble One For All debuted with Too Soon To Tell on the fledgling Sharp Nine label. Formed as a group that regularly played together at an uptown Broadway club called Augie's, each member was just at the start of their own ...


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