Jim Altamore is a versatile singer of popular standards from what is known today as the Great American Songbook.
Jim grew up during a time of transition……the music world was changing with the arrival of the Beatles. However, his family always appreciated the true American music of jazz and swing and kept him in touch with the great singers like Sinatra, Ella and Bennett. Jim’s indoctrination in the world of music started on the right path….and it never changed!
Jim took a circuitous route to become a singer. Although he had a love of music, he never sang in public while he was growing up. He actually did not know that his voice was not ordinary. So, after graduating from college with a degree in accounting, Jim entered the 9 to 5 world of business…..but kept close to the music scene, working for some record labels, notably Atlantic Records.
Marc Myers – Wall Street Journal/Jazz Wax: While I’ve hissed and moaned about new singers’ over-use of the American Songbook, I must reel that in a bit. Jim Altamore’s License to Swing took me aback. Altamore has a saloony sense of swing and control — and even sports Sinatra’s timbre. Yet he never makes the mistake of becoming a Frank impersonator. Instead, Altamore is a completely natural singer and plenty comfortable in his own skin. He tackles a few Sinatra staples (“Learnin’ the Blues,” “Nice ‘N’ Easy” and “All of You”), but he also takes on “Just One of Those Things”, “Beyond the Sea” and “The More I See You.” A thoroughly satisfying listen from a guy who sounds like the leather interior of a vintage Caddy.