"..Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composers Competition winner, Jim Robitaille, led the Monk Institute student band in an impressive performance of his award winning composition"- Jazz Times Magazine
"With catchy melodies,sophisticated arrangements, and a guitarist with the skills to bring it all together, the Jim Robitaille Group's debut To Music is familiar but also has its own identity."- Jazz Improv Magazine
"What Robitaille has done with To Music is release a remarkable album of modern post-bop. Robitaille is obviously his own man."- Jazzviews UK
"..Jim's work on this recording demonstrates once again why he is so respected by his peers. He always plays musically and straight from the heart. He Is a true musician." Charlie Banacos
"The melodies on "To Music" are memorable and soulful. I enjoyed this recording a lot." - Dave Liebman
Jim Robitaille Group
Guitarist and award winning composer, Jim Robitaille, has performed and or recorded and shared the bill with Dave Liebman, Karl Berger, Bob Moses, Gerry Gibbs, Santi Debriano, Julian Lage, Esperanza Spalding, Oscar Stagnaro, Vic Juris, Kate McGarry, Joe Beck, Frank Vignola, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, and has appeared on 30 recordings and film documentaries, including the Jim Robitaille Group "To Music" and "A View From Within" on WCS with NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman. His latest release with the Jim Robitaille Trio on WCS is called Space Cycles. His television and live performances include: The BET Jazz Channel, The Time Warner Music Choice Jazz Channel, PBS Television, The Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C, The Bearsville Theatre, Woodstock, N.Y, The Deerhead Inn, Delaware Gap, PA, The Wang Center, Boston, MA, The Knitting Factory and Smoke in New York, and performances in the West Indies and Canada.
Awards include The 9th Annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composers Competition, the 2002 Great American Song Contest in two categories, The Julius Hemphill Jazz Composer Alliance Competition, the USA Songwriting Competition, the MCC, and Assets For Artists.
Jim is an international clinician, and has performed and conducted master-classes at many colleges including Westfield State College, Brandeis University, Western New England College, and The Berklee College of Music. Jim is a lecturer and applied jazz guitar instructor, small jazz ensemble and guitar ensemble director, and founder and director of the performance jam session series on the jazz faculty at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Jim Robitaille Trio
The Jim Robitaille Trio performs original music and arrangements that express a wide scope of emotional elements and rhythmic dialects, generating atmospheres realized with a complete dynamic range from moving ballads to compositions displaying explosive energy.The trio features the original music and arrangements of guitarist Jim Robitaille, performed along with bassist Bill Miele and drummer Chris Poudrier. The Jim Robitaille Trio’s new recording on WCS entitled Space Cycles, documents the trios ability to deeply listen to one another and create an empathetic and authentic interplay, culminating in an impassioned journey within the interpretation of each song.