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Vinnie Cutro

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Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Born: September 9, 1953    

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)

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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

________________________

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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