Jazz Musician and Composer Jim Cutler

Jim Cutler with Saxophone 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; names you'd expect to hear like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis, and also other artists like Lew Tabakin and Phil Woods. 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.

As a composer, there are many influences to Jim's style — Toshiko Akyoshi was one of his very earliest influences, but many other great writers have had at least a subtle influence -- Gil Evans, Thad Jones, Rob McConnell, Bob Florence, and Bob Brookmeyer to name a few. Jim also credits his passion for late classic, early romantic, and impressionistic composers as inspiration for his desire to touch others through his writing.

Jim's groups are available for a wide variety of events, providing music for weddings, private parties, corporate events, and more. Choose from the quartet, the Jazz Orchestra, or any sized group in between. Visit the Cutler Entertainment page for a sampling of what groups are available.

If you're a lover of jazz and want to listen to audio samples or purchase music, visit the Recordings page and select from the available discs -- Enjoy!

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Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, October 2, 7:30pm: Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra at Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club
  • Sunday, October 9, 7:30pm: Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra at Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club

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Latest News

The Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra - Gimme Some Sugar, Baby! Jim Cutler and Jamco Music are pleased to announce the release of the latest CD from the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, Gimme Some Sugar, Baby! The CD consists of 10 tracks, featuring original music written by Jim Cutler, Daniel Barry, and James DeJoie.

"Gimme Some Sugar, Baby! is in essence contemporary big-band jazz of the highest order, splendidly written by Cutler, Barry and DeJoie and unerringly performed by Cutler's first-class ensemble. Thumbs up."

Jack Bowers, AllAboutJazz.com -- read the full review

Learn more about all of Jim's music on the Recordings page.