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Jim Seeley

A Kansas local who now lives in NEW YORK, Jim Seeley can be an acoustic-oriented post-bop/very difficult bop trumpeter who’s hard-swinging but could be very lyrical and melodic at times–so lyrical, actually, that he sometimes makes the trumpet appear to be a flugelhorn (which he has occasionally played as another instrument). Seeley, who surfaced within the ‘90s but gets a whole lot of stylistic motivation from your hard bop and post-bop from the ‘50s and ‘60s, continues to be greatly suffering from the Clifford Dark brown/Fat Navarro college of big-toned trumpeters. Dark brown and Navarro are clear affects on Seeley’s trumpet playing, as are Brown-influenced players such as for example Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan and Woody Shaw. But despite the fact that Seeley is well known for any big-toned approach, the Midwesterner in addition has learned something or two from even more reserved, understated Awesome College trumpeters like Kilometers Davis and Chet Baker–and periodically he provides to mind Artwork Farmer (a recognizable trumpeter/flugelhornist who occupied a middle floor that was somewhere within the hard-swinging aggression of Hubbard, Shaw and Morgan as well as the subtlety and understatement of Davis and Baker). As a adult, Seeley remaining the Midwest and relocated east to Boston to review at the popular Berklee University of Music. After departing New Britain, he transferred to LA, where he spent 3 years in drummer Dick Berk’s sextet. That gig was accompanied by a stint with Ray Charles’ music group (where he performed alongside fellow trumpeter Johnny Coles). Seeley still left LA for NEW YORK in 1990; since that time, he continues to be prominently highlighted in bandleader/composer Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra as well as the Jazz at Lincoln Middle program’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra (both which illustrated Seeley’s capability to combine jazz with Afro-Cuban rhythms). Seeley was highlighted on albums by O’Farrill, guitarist Barry Wedgle and trumpeter Armando Rodriguez (co-founder from the Latin Jazz Orchestra) within the ‘90s and was similarly busy being a sideman in the first 2000s (furthermore to leading several NY City-based sets of his very own). In 2003, Seeley teamed up with pianist Arturo O’Farrill (Chico O’Farrill’s kid) to record a Compact disc entitled The Jim Seeley/Arturo O’Farrill Quintet, which Zoho Music (a little, independent East Coastline label) provided a January 2005 discharge date; every one of the songs in the recording are Seeley originals.

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