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Jim Rotondi

Trumpeter Jim Rotondi began his musical studies at a very early age. His mother, a piano teacher, encouraged Jim to begin playing the piano at age eight. He took up the trumpet at age twelve.

In 1980 Jim graduated from Butte High School in Butte,Montana. He then attended North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas), where he graduated with a degree in trumpet performance. While in Texas, Jim was awarded first place in the International Trumpet Guild's jazz trumpet competition for the year 1984. After college Jim began recording and touring internationally with the Ray Charles Orchestra . Immediately following this he commenced a six year tenure with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. During this time Jim also became a member of organist Charles Earland's quintet. He currently tours with his own group, as well as with Grammy-winner Toshiko Akiyoshi and the collective known as One For All, which features a front line of Eric Alexander and Steve Davis.

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”Clearly,(Rotondi) emerges as one of the best of the post-Hubbard generation” --Chris Hovan, All About Jazz

“(His) solos are a near-perfect amalgam of power, finesse and logic.” - David A. Orthmann, All About Jazz

“One of the unsung heros of the trumpet.” --Bret Primack

“Rotondi has the passion and focus to find a place for the music in the new millennium.” --The New Yorker, Jan. 2003

“There isn't a better trumpet player in New York City than Jim Rotondi, for whom the word versatile is inadequate.” --Bob Belden

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Discography

Dark Blue

Dark Blue

Smoke Sessions
2016

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1000 Rainbows

1000 Rainbows

Posi-Tone Records
2010

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Iron Man

Iron Man

Criss Cross
2006

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The Pleasure Dome

The Pleasure Dome

Sharp Nine Records
2004

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New Vistas

New Vistas

Criss Cross
2004

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Destination Up

Destination Up

Sharp Nine Records
2001

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