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!
Fortunately, Jim met some jazz musicians who encouraged him to pursue his dream of becoming a professional singer. He worked hard at his craft and eventually let the public know that he was ready to sing for them. And he has been doing it ever since.
Few people succeed in any endeavor without the help of others. Through the years, Jim has met many people who believed in his talent. Many of them helped along the way and will never be forgotten for their generosity. The late Dennis Duggan, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, once described Jim in a newspaper article as a “long-distance runner” because he has never strayed from his dream of becoming a full time singer. Dennis should only know that Jim has reached that goal.
Jim has performed world-wide, highlighted by a series of concerts in France in tribute to Sinatra, and has worked with artists such as Diana Ross and Spyro Gyra. Jim was the voice of Sinatra on Broadway in “A Bronx Tale” in which he sang Sinatra’s version of “Fly Me to the Moon”.
Comedian Tom Dreesen (who opened for Sinatra for 14 years), commenting on “Jim Altamore celebrates Sinatra live in France”: “One night after performing with Frank Sinatra in a 20,000 seat arena we were flying in his private jet back to Palm Springs. He had received yet another standing ovation that night and was still glowing as we talked about the thrill of performing in front of such appreciative audiences. He said “I don’t care if my name lives on but I do want the music to live on”. The music lives on superbly with Jim Altamore and this magnificent orchestra. Frank would be so pleased.” Re: Jim's latest album, (Jim Altamore celebrates Sinatra (Live In France)
JazzWax – The esteemed blog, JazzWax, written by Jazz aficionado, Marc Myers, who writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal and is author of Anatomy of a Song (Grove) and Why Jazz Happened. (JazzWax is a three-time winner of the Jazz Journalists Association's best blog award.): While I’ve hissed and moaned about new singers’ over-use of the American Songbook, I must reel that in a bit