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.
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Watch the Wilbur Rehmann Quintet in concert
on Montana PBS "11th and Grant"
The latest album: Old Friends and New
Read a review of the new album on Lively Times
Review San Francisco Beyond Chron
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.
Radio Free Helena Jazz Sessions
KROL Radio 88.5 FM
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 4-6pm
The Wilbur Rehmann Quintet, July 2005, at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky for the National Assoc. of Attorneys General Annual Meeting.
Gates of the Mountain, July 2003
2002 Photos Edith Lake
2001 Photos Kiyo Crag
Montana Jazz.com: Get Involved
|Tenor saxophone legend Sonny Rollins and Wilbur Rehmann, Berkeley, California, Zellerbach Hall, November 18, 2000. (Photo by Joe Bryan)
Both Mr. 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.
Montana Wilderness Association
Montana Environmental Information Center
Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Northern Plains Resource Council
Montana Land Reliance
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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.
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Quotable Quotes about the Wilbur Rehmann Quartet
Missoula 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"
Bozeman Daily Chronicle-- "The music is exciting and the musicianship is outstanding..."
Great Falls Tribune-- "By popular demand...music for people who love jazz..."
Billings Gazette-- "...sophisticated rhythms and harmonies of jazz...has created a cult following..."
Lively Times-- "Their album, 'Back Home Jazz' is studded with jazz standards...by four veteran musicians..."
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Wilbur Rehmann Quartet
April 4 - Empty Bowls Benefit for Helena Friendship Center, L & C Fairgrounds. Quintet with guest Sarah Elkins, Vocals
April 14 - Benny's Bistro Duo with Ken Nelson
April 21 - Archie Bray Foundation, Duo with Blackie Nelson, guitar. Opening reception
June 9 - Helena Civic Center, Holter 30th Anniversary party. Butte Big Band
June 15 - Archie Bray Foundation, duo with Blackie Nelson, guitar. Reception
July 9 - St Paul's Methodist Quartet with Special Guest Ella Smith on vocals
August 6 - Moose Creek FS Cabin Concert -Quartet with Special Guest Ella Smith on vocals
December 21 - Solstice Concert 7:00p St Paul's Methodist - Quintet with Special Guest Ella Smith on vocals
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