Jim Gailloreto

Jim Gailloreto

Instrument: Saxophone, tenor | Location: Chicago

Serenely beautiful... the intricacy, detail and innovation of Gailloreto's writing evoked the sense of a chamber orchestra.
—Chicago Tribune

Updated: September 21, 2020

Born: July 22, 1960

Jim Gailloreto is an accomplished jazz saxophonist and composer. His jazz style is rooted in a modern post-bop approach.

As a freelance musician he has performed with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Fulcrum Point, Chroma Chamber Orchestra & Chicago Opera Theater. He performed a Chicago premier of Marc Anthony Turnage's “Scorched” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra featuring John Scofield, John Patitucci, and Peter Erskin. He also performed with New York composer/pianist Fred Hersch for a Chicago premier of “Leaves of Grass”.

Jim has recorded and performed with notable jazz performer such as Blue Note artist Patricia Barber on “Mythologies”, Origin artist guitarist John Mc Lean's on “Better Angels”, pianist Jeremy Kahn on “Most of a Nickel”, vocalist Grazyna Auguscik's “Lulajze”. His string quartet arrangements can be heard on Kurt Elling's Grammy award winning CD “Dedicated To You”.

Jim has a Bachelors in Music Composition from De Paul University and a Masters in Music Composition from Northwestern University. He is a recipient of the New Works: Creation & Presentation Program Grant from Chamber Music America. He was also recognized in the Jazziz Magazine's “Woodwinds on Fire” jazz select disc.

Gailloreto has five solo CD’s to his credit: The Insider (Wide Sound), Shadow Puppets and Jazz String Quintet (Naim Label), American Complex (Origin Classical) plus a self-produced CD with his quartet Jazzformation.


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