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 . Immediately following this he commenced 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 Grammy-winner Toshiko Akiyoshi and the collective known as One For All, which features a front line of Eric Alexander and Steve Davis....
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(His) solos are a near-perfect amalgam of power, finesse and logic. - David A. Orthmann, All About Jazz
One of the unsung heros of the trumpet. --Bret Primack
Rotondi has the passion and focus to find a place for the music in the new millennium. --The New Yorker, Jan. 2003
There isn't a better trumpet player in New York City than Jim Rotondi, for whom the word versatile is inadequate. --Bob Belden