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Born: September 9, 1953    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Vinnie Cutro, born in New Jersey in 1953, received his formal musical training throughout the years and continued his education at New Jersey University where he received his B.A in Music Education. Then his working education began as a freelance musician in the New York Area. He later continued his education at New York University where he received his Masters in Jazz Performance.There he furthered his studies in jazz composition, classical studies, jazz arranging and counterpoint with Dr. Tom Boras and Jim McNeely.

During the past 30 years Vinnie Cutro has performed with noted jazz greats such as HORICE SILVER, BUDDY RICH and LIONEL HAMPTON. He has traveled extensively throughout the world appearing at jazz festivals and concerts in Europe, Japan, Africa, Canada, South America and the U.S.A....
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Vinnie Cutro--a powerhouse musician of vigor and invention--shines on Sakura, his fifth CD.

Here--working with an ace crew of tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, trombonist Bob Ferrel, pianists Charles Blenzig and Mitch Schechter, bassist Jay Anderson, and drummer Billy Hart--Cutro offers six vibrant originals, three reworked jazz standards, and a vital interpretation of a Japanese folk song.

The trumpeter--whose inspirations include Woody Shaw and Lee Morgan-- talks about the improvisational and compositional concepts heard on Sakura. “While I always keep the basic elements of structure and swing, I’m experimenting more with intervals, like 4ths, 5ths, major sevenths,” he says. “Those challenging intervals create a more open, more modern sound.” Indeed, Sakura is packed with engaging, potent music, music that mixes rich melodic warmth with the bristling excitement of adventurous ideas. Among the many gems: the anthem-like title track; the surging waltz, “Three for Me”; the riveting ballad, “Willow Weep for Me”; the open-minded, funky “Big Chief”; the driving “What is This Thing?”

This dynamic recording should give Vinnie Cutro the wider recognition he clearly deserves.

ZAN STEWART - STAR-LEDGER (Jan 9, 2008)

Philip Elwood,critic for THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER called Cutro's playing ”...hot,cool,sweet and tart.He follows in the footsteps of some of the greatest modern jazz trumpeters.”

Philip Elwood - SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

Owen Cordle of JAZZ TIMES wrote “The name Vinnie Cutro must have slipped through the cracks.How could we have missed this fiery trumpet and fluglehorn player who has performed with Horace Silver and Lionel Hampton ? His forte is hard bop,his chops fashioned after Freedie Hubbard and Lee Morgan and his arrangements reminiscent of Silver.”

Owen Cordle - JAZZ TIMES

Peter Vasher,writing in Great Britain's JAZZ EXPRESS called Cutro's ”Lionel Hampton's most memorable soloist.”

Peter Vasher - JAZZ EXPRESS

TODAY'S SPOTLIGHT-The STAR-LEDGER Give me Liberty - and give me jazz

”Among the aces were Cutro with a sizzling sound and inventive line flow”

Zan Stewart - The Star-Ledger (Sep 11, 2006)

DISCOGRAPHY (as a leader) Sakura
Vinnie Cutro & New York City Soundscape
Royal Music Ensembles Records
CD RME72307
2008
Aberration
Vinnie Cutro & New York City Soundscape
Twinz Records CD394
1999
Blues For The Optimist
Vinnie Cutro Quintet
Royal Music Ensembles RME82593
1994
Paradise
Vinnie Cutro & New Horizon
Green Pepper Junction CDA 4444 01
2004
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DISCOGRAPHY
(as a sideman)
Unity
Jazz Composers Workshop Orchestra
The Bell Production Company
2009
Soulcentric
E. Bland
Reel Music
2008
Dangerous Mood
Suede
Easily Suede Music
ES1005
2008
Resonance
Karl Latham Quartet
Dropzone Records
DZJ200701
2007
Waiting For You
Gerard Chiusano & Mary Hochman
CD#20558
2007
The Age of Imagination Quartet
Scenario / JPN / CD
No.070314HH005
2007
Last Years Waltz
The Dalton Gang
Second Step Music
ssm#1126
2006
Beginning To see The Light
Jane Stuart
Jane Stuart Music
JSM001
2006
That Healin' Feelin'
Spirit of Life Ensemble
RUP100-14
2006
Guy's Song
Guy Ventura
La Vie En Rose #2906
2006
Urbanized
Mike Di Lorenzo
www.KEEP theGROOVE
#50105
2005
Gradie Stone Live
Gradie Stone
Niki Records
2005
Sueno En Ti
Soul Creations-Deepagrooves
Empire Musicwerks
Catalog No.: 450748
2005
Deepagrooves Records
Dep G005
2005
Cutro's Lounge
Deepagrooves Records
2005
A Little Oasis
Spirit of Life Ensemble
Cristal Records
CD04-23
2004
Soul Searching
Joe Kurasz
Ren Music Inc
  2004
One Rose,One Heart
Marty Rotella
Rotella Productions
2004
The Sky's The Limit
The Dynamic Superiors
P-Vine/Josrac
2003
Singin' With The Big Bands
Barry Manilow
Record Label: Arista Records (USA)
Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra/Rosemary Clooney
10/11/1994
Maranatha
Gerard Chiusano
OCP Productions
11924
2003
Just For Tonight
The Dalton Gang
Second Step Music
SSM110
2002
Live au Duc
Spirit of Life Ensemble
Rise Up Productions
RUP100-12
2002
Voices from My Heart
Julian Hernendez
Groove Scape Records
GRS1001
2002
Visions
Michael Cochrane
St. Pauls Jazz Initiative
2002
Face to Face
Bob Ferrel-Ted Curson
Twinz Records
Twinz-003
2001
Liquid Blue
Rosine Katan
Liquid Blue Music
LBM1
1998
In The Spirit Of The Moment
Hanover Park Jazz Ensemble
TD22401
1998
Thanks For The Memories "Mr. Soul"
Dennis Alston Ray
DAR Records
DAR818
1995
Bon Voyage
Bob Ferrel Quintet
BFM Productions
BFM002
1998
Time Tunnel
Bob Ferrel Quintet
BFM-001
1996
All Saints Hotel
Joe Camilleri
Head Records
1996
Miami Shadows
The Dalton Gang
Second Step Music
ssm 1118
1995
Rhythms
The Dalton Gang
Second Step Music
#07181
1993
Live At San Quintin
B.B. King
MCA Records
1991
Made in Japan
Lionel Hampton Band
Glad Hamp Records#1023
1983
Three Houses
Tom Boras
MMC 2011 J
1994
Lionel Hampton Band
Timeless Records
TR3
1982
Buddy Rich Band
MCA Records
#5186
1980
Spyglass Hill
Pete Furlan
PFM 001
1999
Works for Jazz Orchestra
N.Y.U
NYU 52899
1999
Sentimental Journey
Lionel Hampton Band
Atlantic Records #81644
1985
Generations
Frank Foster and Pepper Adams
Muse Records #MR5313
1985
Smoke Signals
Rich Austin
Alliance Records #AL3701
1992
Chitlins Parmigiana
The Vivino Brothers
Miami Shadows
DMP Records #CD492
1992
The New Xavier Cugat Orchestra
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
RKCDD002
1993
Antigua
Rio Clemente and Friends
Reality Records #8001
1980 Die Happy
Pam Tate
Left Field Records 1427-2
1991
25 Years
The Spirit of Life Ensemble
Rise Up Productions RUP100-11
2000
The All Star Jazz Orchestra
2001
Holy Love
Marlinda Ireland & The Christ Rise
Impact Publishing 10000R
2000
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Primary Instrument:
Trumpet

Location:
West Milford, NJ

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
EDUCATOR

BA Music Education
New Jersey City University

MA Arts
New York University

New York University
Adjunct Trumpet Teacher

General Music Teacher
Jersey City Public School System

Instrumental Music Teacher
Hackensack Public School System

Guest Soloist/Staff Clinician
Jazz Vermont Camp/Jazz Festival
Killington,Vermont
2007
2008

________________________

GUEST SOLOIST / CLINICIAN

Bergen Catholic Highschool Jazzband
Trumpets Jazz Club
Montclair.NJ
2/5/09

Hanover Park High School Jazz Ensemble
Hanover Park,NJ
Mr. Dave Martin,Director
2008

Bergen Catholic Highschool Jazzband
Bergen Catholic Highschool
12/18/07

Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble
Trumpets Jazz Club
Montclair.NJ
12/9/07

Guest Soloist/Staff Clinician Jazz Vermont Camp/Jazz Festival
Killington,Vermont
July 15-19,2007

Bergen Catholic Highschool Jazz Ensemble
Trumpets Jazz Club
Montclair,NJ
3/1/07

Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble
Riverspace Arts Center
Nyack,NY
2/25/07

Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble
Congers,NY
1/30/07

Wall Township Highschool Jazz Ensemble
Wall Township,NJ

Scotchplains / Fanwood Highschool Jazz Ensemble
Scotchplains,NJ

Morristown Highschool / Middleschool Jazz Ensemble
Morristown,NJ

Randolph Highschool Jazz Band
Randolph,NJ

Bergen Catholic Highschool Jazz Ensemble
Oradell.NJ

Hanover Park High School Jazz Ensemble
Hanover Park,NJ
Mr. Dave Martin,Director
1998

Rockland Youth Ensemble
Congers,NY

Whippany High school Jazz Ensemble
Whippany,NJ

Randolph Highschool Jazz Ensemble
Randolph,NJ

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LESSONS / PRIVATE INSTRUCTIONS

Classical Sudies

Techniques in the development of :

* Tone
* Lip Flexibility
* Tongue Techniques
* Upper Register Development
* Finger flexibility
* Interpretation

____________

Jazz Improvisation

Study the Systematic approach to Jazz Improvisation

* Chord Studies
* Scale Application
* Patterns
* Transcribed Solos
* Jazz Standards
* Blues Study
* Rhythm/Space
* Jazz Improvisation Concepts
* Jazz Styles * Practice techniques/concepts
* Intervalic Study


Clinic/Workshop Information:

GUEST SOLOIST / CLINICIAN

Bergen Catholic Highschool Jazzband
Trumpets Jazz Club
Montclair.NJ
2/5/09

__________________________
Hanover Park High School Jazz Ensemble
Hanover Park,NJ
Mr. Dave Martin,Director
2008

__________________________
Guest Soloist/Staff Clinician
Jazz Vermont Camp/Jazz Festival
Killington,Vermont
July 15-19,2008

__________________________
Bergen Catholic Highschool Jazzband
Bergen Catholic Highschool
12/18/07

__________________________
Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble
Trumpets Jazz Club
Montclair.NJ
12/9/07

__________________________
Guest Soloist/Staff Clinician
Jazz Vermont Camp/Jazz Festival
Killington,Vermont
July 15-19,2007

________________________
Bergen Catholic Highschool Jazz Ensemble
Trumpets Jazz Club
Montclair,NJ
3/1/07

________________________
Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble
Riverspace Arts Center
Nyack,NY
2/25/07

________________________
Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble
Congers,NY
1/30/07

________________________
Wall Township Highschool Jazz Ensemble
Wall Township,NJ

________________________
Scotchplains / Fanwood Highschool Jazz Ensemble
Scotchplains,NJ

________________________
Morristown Highschool / Middleschool Jazz Ensemble
Morristown,NJ

________________________
Randolph Highschool Jazz Band
Randolph,NJ

________________________
Bergen Catholic Highschool Jazz Ensemble
Oradell.NJ

________________________
Hanover Park High School Jazz Ensemble
Hanover Park,NJ
Mr. Dave Martin,Director
1998

________________________
Rockland Youth Ensemble
Congers,NY

________________________
Whippany High school Jazz Ensemble
Whippany,NJ

________________________
Randolph Highschool Jazz Ensemble
Randolph,NJ

__________________________________________________

LESSONS / PRIVATE INSTRUCTIONS

Classical Sudies

Techniques in the development of :

* Tone
* Lip Flexibility
* Tongue Techniques
* Upper Register Development
* Finger flexibility
* Interpretation

________________________

Jazz Improvisation

Study the Systematic approach to Jazz Improvisation

* Chord Studies
* Scale Application
* Patterns
* Transcribed Solos
* Jazz Standards
* Blues Study
* Rhythm/Space
* Jazz Improvisation Concepts
* Jazz Styles
* Practice techniques/concepts
* Intervalic Study

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