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May 29, 2007

Cellar Jazz Presents Trumpeter Jim Rotondo

Written by
cindy mcleod

live jazz Canada


Jim Rotondi
Fri & Sat, June 1, 2
The Cellar, Vancouver

Trumpeter Jim Rotondi Returns to the Cellar

New York City trumpeter Jim Rotondi returns to the Cellar June 1 & 2 to perform a concert featuring the music of Charlie Parker. The group will feature CAM RYGA on alto saxophone, Ross Taggart on piano, André Lachance on bass and Blaine Wikjord on drums.

A graduate of North Texas State University, while in Texas Jim was awarded first place in the International Trumpet Guild’s jazz trumpet competition (1984). After college Jim began recording and touring internationally with the Ray Charles Orchestra, followed by a six year tenure with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. During this time Jim also became a member of organist Charles Earland’s quintet. He currently tours with his own group, as well as with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and Grammy-winner Toshiko Akiyoshi and the collective known as One For All, which features a front line of Eric Alexander and Steve Davis.

Jim’s extensive recording experience includes the release of his fifth date as leader, Pleasure Dome (2003-Sharp Nine). He can also be heard on several of Charles Earland’s Highnote Records releases, alongside saxophonist Eric Alexander, with whom Jim made his recording debut on Eric’s Delmark release Straight Up. Other recordings include saxophonist George Coleman’s Octet, featuring Harold Mabern, as well as drummer Ray Appleton’s Sextet, which features Slide Hampton, Charles McPherson, and John Hicks. Jim is also a member of the aforementioned One For All, whose Sharp Nine Records releases Too Soon To Tell and Optimism received critical acclaim from Cadence, JazzTimes, and The Detroit Free Press.

June 1 & 2
Jim Rotondi Quintet Featuring Cam Ryga
Jim Rotondi (trumpet), Cam Ryga (saxophone), Ross Taggart (piano), Andre Lachance (bass), Blaine Wikjord (drums)
The Cellar, Vancouver

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