Jim Trompeter
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Jim Trompeter

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"Words of note"

Howard Reich, entertainment writer for the Chicago Tribune:
“Trompeter and his group offer quick-moving harmonic turns and unexpected quirks of melody that keep everything sounding fresh and new. More important is the consistently high level of improvisation and the undeniable sense that Trompeter and friends are reaching for a music of their own making.

Tom Moon, entertainment critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer:
“The true spirit of improvisation—not some commercially expedient derivative—pulses mightily through Jim Trompeter's confident, articulate lines. Less obvious, but no less significant, is the fact that this same thoughtful spirit goes into his writing. Combined, these elements add up to an important new voice.”

Neal Tesser, music critic for the Chicago Tribune and The Reader: “Trompeter is a ferocious improviser. And in hooking up with Pat Metheny's rhythm section, Chicagoans Steve Rodby (bass) and Paul Wertico (drums)—he's crafted a trio that's emblematic of jazz in the 90s: a virtuosic blend of eclectic elements, under the banner of a New Mainstream.”
- Jim's fans


Speaking Of Stan CD
Mark Colby
Category Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Tenor Sax
Label Hallway Records
Orig Year 2006
CDU Part# 7150579
Catalog# 38360
Discs 1
Street Date Oct 25, 2005
Studio/Live Studio
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Producer Scott Hall; Mark Colby
Personnel: Mark Colby (tenor saxophone); Kevin Case, Teresa Fream, Peter LaBella, Mike Shelton (violin); Terri Van Valkinburgh (viola); Pete Szczepanek (cello); Bob Frankich, Ted Hogarth, Bob Rzeszutko, Brian Budzik (saxophone); Jim McNeely, Jim Trompeter (piano); Dick Sisto (vibraphone); Eric Hochberg, Kelly Sill (bass instrument); Joel Spencer, Bob Rummage (drums).

Larry Gray Trio - One Look
The new release, One Look, from Chicago bassist and composer Larry Gray is a deep, multifaceted work of original compositions. Gray¹s strong bass, with equal amounts of arco and pizzicato, forms an equal partnership with pianist Jim Trompeter¹s forward reaching harmonies and masterful lines, and the fiery, inventive, and colorful drum world of Dana Hall.

Featured Artist: David Bloom and Cliff Colnot
CD Title: Duende
Year: 2004
Record Label: Fire and Form Records
Style: Straight-Ahead / Classic
Musicians: Red Atkatz (congas and toys), Scott Burns (tenor sax), Tito Carillo (trumpet and flugelhorn), Jim Cammack (acoustic bass), John Campbell (piano), Jennifer Clippert (flute, alto flute and piccolo), Tim Coffman (trombone), Ryan Cohan (piano), Brian Culbertson (trombone), Linda Van Dyke (bass clarinet and baritone sax), Jim Gailloreto (tenor, alto and soprano sax), Tom Garling (trombone), Dana Hall (drums, toys, shakers, eggs and tambourine), Katinka Kleijn (cello), Larry Kohut (bass), Amy Mendillo (English horn), Paul Mertens (tenor and soprano sax), Rob Parton (trumpet and flugelhorn), Kelly Sill (acoustic bass), Donald Simmons (percussion), Joel Spencer (drums), Mary Stolper (alto flute), Joey Tartelle (trumpet), Jim Trompeter (piano)

Let It Loose
by Gloria Estefan / Miami Sound Machine
Gloria Estefan (vocals); John DeFarria (guitar); Ed Calle (saxophone); Randy Barlow, Teddy Mulet (trumpet); Jim Trompeter, Clay Ostwald (keyboards); Jorge Casas (bass); Enrique Garcia (drums); Emilio Estefan, Jr., Rafael Padilla (percussion).

Mile By Jazz Mile (1999)
Artist: Various Artists
Track 5. Lazy Afternoon ~ Jim Trompeter Trio

Rudresh Mahanthappa "Yatra"
Rudresh Mahanthappa alto saxophone
Ryan Shultz bass trumpet,
Jim Trompeter Piano,
Larry Kohut bass
Jerry Steinhilber drums

Arranger/Producer Credits:




An instinctive jazz player from the beginning, word of Jim Trompeter's spectacular talent as a jazz keyboardist spread to Chicago jazz circles while he was still in high school. He won a music scholarship to the University of Miami, and, as a member of their world-acclaimed Concert Jazz Band, won the Down Beat award for “Best Instrumental Jazz Performer”; Montreux Jazz Festivals “ Stan Kenton Memorial Scholarship” award for Best Performer in 1983; and five Down Beat awards in the Large Ensemble category.

While a student at the University of Miami, he was hired as keyboardist/arranger by Miami Sound Machine, and toured with the band for three years. Trompeter performed on the band's double platinum recording, "Let it Loose," and composed and arranged for its live world tours. Jim has also performed with Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Boy George, Amy Grant, David Lee Roth, Whitney Houston, Sammy Davis JR, Oprah Winfrey, Shecky Green, Art Garfunkel, Dennis Miller, Sinbad, Paul Rodriguez, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Levano, Arturo Sandoval, Kurt Elling, Bob James, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Tim Hagans, Rick Margitza, Steve Rodby, Paul Wertico, Paquito D'Rivera, Bobby Mintzer, Eddie Daniels, Fareed Haque, Conte Condoli, Lou Marini, Andy Narell, Scott Wendholt, George Garzone, Louis Bellson, Bill Watrous and Carl Fontana.

On his return to Chicago, Jim began working as composer/arranger/producer with local jingle producers as well as heading his own group at local jazz clubs. His compositions and keyboard style reflect his admiration of both past and contemporary jazz greats along with the influence of contemporary rock and Latin jazz gained from his relationship with Miami Sound Machine. Along the way, he has gained favor with Chicago’s most prominent entertainment critics.