"It’s a great pleasure to have a musician of Jim’s caliber, who is highly regarded in the Chicago jazz scene, perform this wonderful piece of music inspired by the gorgeous surroundings of the Villa,” says Ralph Flores, theater program specialist.
Chicago Tribune by Howard Reich
“Serenely beautiful performance by Chicago singer Kurt Elling and saxophonist Jim Gailloreto's Jazz String Quintet…..the intricacy, detail and innovation of Gailloreto's writing evoked the sense of a chamber orchestra.”
All About Jazz by Mark Turner
“By looking not only to the past, but more so the future, the Jim Gailloreto Quintet aspires to create music that has depth and roots, but still sounds contemporary and fun.”
Chicago Magazine by Mike Jeffers
"An artist that is able to swing and dig in because has total control over his instrument and most importantly, has developed and created his own concept of music."
Jazz Times by Bill Milkowski
"The Breckerish tenor saxophonist Jim Gailloreto is particularly strong on this vibrant tune and also on the surging "October,"
Patricia Barber by Blue Note Recording Artist
"Jim is an original! A man who enters and exits improvisational spaces on his own terms, with his own sound, and with complete mastery and self confidence in his musical choices."
The Jazz Institute by Marshall Vente,
"This recording will undoubtedly expand his reputation well beyond Chicago and is a document of his high level of artistry."
Chicago Tribune by Ted Shen
"...a venturesome work, using African rhythms to prod along the soprano saxes seductive arabesques. The sax soars, dives, pirouettes with the sensuous abandon of Debussy’s Faun."
Cadence Magazine by Jerome Wilson
“… the Chicago-based saxophonist, is no slouch on the tenor himself, but he takes his music in a different direction, blending it with soul and funk rhythms. …..The intriguing backgrounds Gailloreto uses makes his music something out of the ordinary.”
Chicago Tribune by Howard Reich“
…his beefy tone and freewheeling solos indebted to Chicago's "tough tenor" tradition in general…….his profoundly introspective deconstruction of Billy Strayhorn's "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing" brings new meaning to every note of an already ineffably expressive melody.”
Chicago Jazz Magazine Interview: Jim Gailloreto in his own words
Published January 09, 2012
by Chicago Jazz Magazine
Jim Gailloreto is an accomplished jazz saxophonist and composer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from De Paul University and a masters in Music Composition from Northwestern University. Gailloreto has parlayed his diverse skills into a unique amalgam of jazz and string quartet music.
He has performed with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Fulcrum Point and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has also recorded and performed with Blue Note artist Patricia Barber, jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, guitarist John McLean, pianist Jeremy Kahn, vocalist Grazyna Auguscik and composer/pianist Fred Hersch. He performed a Chicago premier of Marc Anthony Turnage’s Scorched with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and John Scofield.