Guitarist, composer, educator, and bandleader Terry Bartolotta has been part of the Chicago jazz scene since 2006. He has performed with notable local musicians like: Rose Colella, Elaine Dame, Paul Marinaro, Art Davis, Joe Policastro, Alex Beltran, Chris Madsen, and Chris White. After receiving his Master’s Degree in jazz composition from Depaul in 2009, Bartolotta focused on composing for his jazz quintet, and in 2012, he released his debut cd, Above the Clouds. In the same year, he won the Union League Civic Arts Foundation Jazz Composition Award for his composition “Times Change.” The Terry Bartolotta Group is comprised of James Davis on trumpet, Alex Beltran on tenor sax, Joel Kelsey on bass, Lucas Gillan on drums, and Terry Bartolotta on guitar. This energetic group performs a mixture of originals and jazz standards. They are influenced by jazz artists like: John Coltrane, Brad Mehldau, Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, and Wayne Shorter.
They have been featured at the Green Mill Lounge as part of the Chicago Composer's Collective, and at Jerry's for the Ears and Eyes Music Series. Above the Clouds has been played on NPR's All Things Considered as well as many other regional stations such as: WDCB Glen Ellyn, Northwestern Univ. Radio, WHPK Univ of Chicago Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, and Triton College Radio. Also, the group was featured at the 2014 Elkhart Jazz Festival