Jazz String Quintet

Jazz String Quintet

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Their fusion of styles creates an appeal which simply transcends category. Each performance moves the heart, stirs the mind and excites with the unexpected!


Jazz String Quintet is a provocative blend of jazz and classical music; the instrumentation is soprano saxophone and classical string quartet. This group has produced some of the most beautiful, original and critically praised music to come out of Chicago in recent years.

Gailloreto’s composition pay homage to America’s greatest jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Fats Waller, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and many others.

Jazz String Quintet has recorded & performed with various notables, such as Grammy award winning jazz vocalist-Kurt Elling, Blue Note recording artist-Patricia Barber, The William Ferris Chorale, Fulcrum Point, West African Kora musician-Foday Musa Suso, French pianist Franck Amsallem and renowned New York composer/pianist-Fred Hersch.

“Many jazz musicians have written arrangements for strings, but Gailloreto's stood out, in part because of the sheer amount of musical information he packed into each piece…. a burst of energy and heat precisely when it's needed”

By Howard Reich Tribune arts critic


•Jazz String Quintet•

American Complex - Origin Classical
Jazz String Quintet - Naim Label

•Jim Gailloreto solo CDs•

Insider - Wide Sound
Split Decision, Shadow Puppets - Naim Label

•Jim Gailloreto soloist•

Kurt Elling - Man in the Air - Blue Note
Neal Alger - Here and Now, There and Before
Kelly Brand - a Dream In a Stone
Ryan Cohan - Real World & Here & Now
Ensemble9- Children of the Night Hallway
Tom Mc Carthy - Spark And Luminance
John Mc Lean – Better Angels Origin Jazz
Bill Russo - Kenton ala Russo - Hallway Records
Fred Simon- Open Book - Columbia
Deanna Witkowski - Having To Ask
Jeremy Kahn - Part of a Nickel
Grazyna Auguscik – Lulajze
Alison Ruble – Ashland - Origin Records

Set List

Performances can range from 1 to 2 hours and feature jazz standards and originals.

Jazz String Quintet also offers a lecture demostration as part of their performance package. These range from 45 minuntes to several hours covering a wide variety of topics such as: jazz and classical music, The saxophone and the string quartet, the process of composition and improvisation.

repertoire includes:

A Train (4.5 min.) - Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn
Admit One (2.5 min.) - Jim Gailloreto
American Complex, 4 movements (25 min.) - Jim Gailloreto
Bad Clowns (9 min.) - Jim Gailloreto
Because of You (2.5 min.) - Arthur Hammerstein/Dudley Wilkinson
Bye Bye Black Bird (6.5 min.) - Ray Henderson
Fair Weather (5 min.) - Kenny Dorham
Giant Steps (5 min.) - John Coltrane
Honey Suckle Rose - Fats Waller (7.5 min.)
Infant Eyes (6.5 min.) - Wayne Shorter
Justina with Strings (20 min.) - Jim Gailloreto
My Funny Valentine (5 min.) - Richard Rogers/Lorenz Hart
My One And Only Love (