A multi-talented instrumentalist, composer, and band leader, Jim has been a mainstay in the Seattle Jazz scene for over 25 years. Jim’s playing style is best described as straight ahead, mainstream acoustic jazz. He’s been influenced by many of the jazz greats; Matt Collar of All Music Guide states that Jim’s style is “…reminiscent of ’60s-era Sonny Rollins” while Michael Gladstone of All About Jazz says “…his tenor styling is lyrically in the Scott Hamilton mode.” What’s certain is that Jim has created his own style and sound that can be appreciated on many levels.
Jim’s passion for music extends beyond performing and composing. In 2018 he founded Northwest Music Mentors, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing music education in public schools, where professional musicians have the opportunity to mentor student musicians, sharing their insights and providing pathways that encourage continued participation in their school music programs.
The Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra is pleased to announce the release of their new album. The Wolfe Awakens. The album consists of 11 tracks, featuring original music written by Jim Cutler, Daniel Barry, and Matso Limtiaco. See all of Jim’s music on the Recordings page.