Jim Rotondi

James Robert Rotondi (born 28 August 1962) is an American jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, and conductor.[1]

Jim Rotondi
Birth nameJames Robert Rotondi
Born (1962-08-28) August 28, 1962 (age 59)
Butte, Montana, U.S.
LabelsCriss Cross, Posi-Tone, Smoke Sessions
Associated actsOne for All, Joe Locke, David Hazeltine

The youngest of five siblings, Rotondi was born in Butte, Montana. He played in New York City for twenty years before moving to Austria. He has taught at the University for Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria. He has released over ten albums as a leader for Sharp Nine, Criss Cross, Posi-Tone, and Smoke Sessions Records. He has played on over eighty albums as a sideman. He has performed and recorded with Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, Lou Donaldson, Curtis Fuller, Benny Sharoni, Eric Alexander, and George Coleman.

Rotondi has led a quintet, which features vibraphonist Joe Locke, and an electric band with David Hazeltine called Full House, which uses electronic sound on his trumpet and a variety of other electronic instruments. He is also a member of the group One for All.

In 1984, while attending North Texas State University (University of North Texas), he won first place in the International Trumpet Guild's jazz trumpet competition.


As leaderEdit

  • Introducing Jim Rotondi (Criss Cross, 1997)
  • Jim's Bop (Criss Cross, 1997)
  • Reverence (Criss Cross, 2000)
  • Excursions (Criss Cross, 2000)
  • Destination Up (Sharp Nine, 2001)
  • New Vistas (Criss Cross, 2004)
  • The Pleasure Dome (Sharp Nine, 2004)
  • Iron Man (Criss Cross, 2006)
  • 1000 Rainbows (Posi-Tone, 2010)
  • The Move (Criss Cross, 2010)
  • Live at Smalls (Smalls Live, 2010)
  • Hard Hittin' at the Bird's Eye (Sharp Nine, 2013)
  • Dark Blue (Smoke Sessions, 2016)

As sidemanEdit

With One for All

  • Too Soon to Tell (Sharp Nine, 1997)
  • Optimism (Sharp Nine, 1998)
  • Upward and Onward (Criss Cross, 1999)
  • What's Going On (Venus, 2000)
  • The Long Haul (Criss Cross, 2000)
  • The End of a Love Affair (Venus, 2001)
  • Live at Smoke Volume 1 (Criss Cross, 2001)
  • Wide Horizons (Criss Cross, 2002)
  • No Problem (Venus, 2003)
  • Blueslike (Criss Cross, 2004)
  • Killer Joe (Venus, 2005)
  • The Lineup (Sharp Nine, 2006)
  • Return of the Lineup (Sharp Nine, 2009)
  • Incorrigible (Jazz Legacy, 2009)
  • Invades Vancouver! (Cellar Live, 2010)
  • The Third Decade (Smoke Sessions, 2016)

With Eric Alexander

With Charles Earland

  • Blowing the Blues Away (HighNote, 1997)
  • Cookin' with the Mighty Burner (HighNote, 1999)
  • Live (Cannonball, 1999)

With Irene Reid

  • Million Dollar Secret (Savant, 1997)
  • I Ain't Doing Too Bad (Savant, 1999)
  • The Uptown Lowdown (Savant, 2000)
  • One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Savant, 2002)

With others


General references

Inline citations

  1. ^ The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, Second edition, three volumes, edited by Barry Kernfeld, Macmillan Publishers, London (2002)
  2. ^ Cerra, Steven (21 March 2015). "Jazz Profiles: Benny Sharoni - "Slant Signature"". Jazz Profiles. Retrieved 19 June 2019.

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