JIM GAILLORETO's
Jazz String Quintet
JIM GAILLORETO sax soprano
KATHERINE HUGHES violin
CAROL KALVONJIAN violin
BENTON WEDGE viola
JILL KAEDINK cello

Blending jazz and classical styles that both
Mozart and Miles would surely dig!
In 1997, Jim Gailloreto embarked on a new project called Jazz String Quintet.  It is an integration
of both jazz and classical music written for string quartet and soprano saxophone.  Inspired by
sources as diverse as Debussy and Ravel to Miles Davis and John Coltrane, composer and
saxophonist Jim Gailloreto offers a perfect blend of classical music and jazz: structure and
spontaneity. The compositions interweave his own soprano saxophone with skilled modernist
writing for string quartet.  “No composer has shaped the structures and layered the phrases of
the string quartet to so successfully accommodate full-tilt improvisation,” writes jazz authority Neil
Tesser.

Jazz String Quintet is immersed in all the traditions and performance practices of classical music,
while simultaneously expanding and exploring all the truest elements of jazz.  Working with
longtime associates of The HAWK String Quartet, Jazz String Quintet achieves a true fusion of
forms, which has collaborated with such artists as vocalist Kurt Elling, pianist-composer Fred
Hersch, Corky Siegel’s “Chamber Blues” and West African kora player Foday Musa Suso.
JIM GAILLORETO'S
JAZZ STRING QUINTET
AMERICAN COMPLEX
ORIGIN CLASSIC - 2011
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