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.
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