Montana-native, 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. 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 the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and Grammy-winner Toshiko Akiyoshi and the collective known as One For All, which features a front line of Eric Alexander and Steve Davis.
A message from Sonny Rollins, Spring 2008 (.mov)
Montana Wilderness Assoc.
Jazz Hike to Kiyo Crag, July 2007
Wilbur Rehmann on soprano at Rasselas jazz club in San Francisco, April 2009, with Edo Castro and Eric Smith.
Wilbur Rehmann Quintet at the Archie Bray Foundation, June 2009.
Missouri River Rainbow July 2009
Peter Fox, Mike Shea, Wilbur Rehmann, E. Doc Smith outside of Rasselas
WR Special Edition Quartet at entrance to Rasselas
Concert at Moose Creek Cabin
for Helena National Forest
Wilbur Rehmann playing jazz on Main St. in Kalispell, Montana during the First Night Flathead Celebration, December 31, 2005. The Wilbur Rehmann Quartet performed at the Marshall Noice Gallery celebrating the end of 2005.
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The Wilbur Rehmann Quintet, July 2005, at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky for the National Assoc. of Attorneys General Annual Meeting.
of the Mountain, July 2003
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legend Sonny Rollins and Wilbur Rehmann, Berkeley, California,
Zellerbach Hall, November 18, 2000. (Photo by Joe Bryan)
Rollins and Mr. Rehmann share a concern for a clean and healthful
environment and urge everyone to work to save our planet from
the effects of pollution and global warming.
Please get involved
by contacting any of the following citizen groups that are fighting
to maintain our unique, wild places and agricultural lands and
fighting to protect our air and water.
About Wilbur Rehmann Quartet
The Wilbur Rehmann Quartet have brought
to us a sense of joy, wonder and solitude with their original
jazz interpretations, which explore the interior landscapes of
the American West and the meaning of wilderness.
Quotes about the Wilbur Rehmann Quartet
Independent-- "The swinging, swaying, oscillating, lilting
beat of fluidity know as the Wilbur Rehmann Jazz Quartet...brings
a highly sophisticated Montana-bred jazz to Sean Kelly's"
Daily Chronicle-- "The music is exciting and the musicianship
Falls Tribune-- "By popular demand...music for people
who love jazz..."
Gazette-- "...sophisticated rhythms and harmonies of jazz...has
created a cult following..."
Times-- "Their album, 'Back Home Jazz' is studded with
jazz standards...by four veteran musicians..."
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August 7 Archie Bray, Duo with Josh Hause, bass
August 11, Quartet at Blackfoot Brewery, 5-7:00p
August 13 Quartet at Great Northern Best Western 5:00p-7:30p
August 15 HS Jazz Students at Helena Library 5-7:00p
Aug. 16, Quartet at Anderson B-day party Clancy, MT
August 22, Bennys, duo with Rennan Rieke, bass
Sept. 13, Trio at Auberge de Perchades, Bilheres en Ossau, Fr
Sept. 20, Quartet, Cafe de la Place, Eygalieres, Fr
Sept. 28, HS Jazz Students for NAMI Walk, Memorial Park 10:30a
October 10, Benny’s Trio for Wedding Reception
October 18th, Quartet with Sarah Elkins, Great Northern Best Western for Sesquicentennial Ball
Dec. 21, Quintet with Brigid Reedy at St. Pauls Methodist for Winter Solstice
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