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Sakura

by Vinnie Cutro & New York City Soundscape

Straight-Ahead Jazz Quintet --featuring Billy Hart & Jerry Bergonzi. 7 original compositions by Vinnie Cutro
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Vinnie Cutro – a powerhouse musician of vigor and invention – shines on Sakura, his fifth CD. Here – working with an ace crew of tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, trombonist Bob Ferrel, pianists Charles Blenzig and Mitch Schechter, bassist Jay Anderson, and drummer Billy Hart – Cutro offers six vibrant originals, three reworked jazz standards, and a vital interpretation of a Japanese folk song. The trumpeter – whose inspirations include Woody Shaw and Lee Morgan – talks about the improvisational and compositional concepts heard on Sakura. “While I always keep the basic elements of structure and swing, I’m experimenting more with intervals, like 4ths, 5ths, major sevenths,” he says. “Those challenging intervals create a more open, more modern sound.” Indeed, Sakura is packed with engaging, potent music, music that mixes rich melodic warmth with the bristling excitement of adventurous ideas. Among the many gems: the anthem-like title track; the surging waltz, “Three for Me”; the riveting ballad, “Willow Weep for Me”; the open-minded, funky “Big Chief”; the driving “What is This Thing?” This dynamic recording should give Vinnie Cutro the wider recognition he clearly deserves.

Zan Stewart ....... Jazz Critic (Star Ledger)

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VINNIE CUTRO & NEW YORK CITY SOUNDSCAPE

"SAKURA" CD ********"RADIO FEEDBACK********RADIO FEEDBACK********


"RADIO FEEDBACK" *****************
 "One of only 3 CDs to debut on the JazzWeek Top-50 Jazz Chart, #42 on MediaGuide Indie Jazz Top-100 and #3 Jazz Add at college radio during its release week - 1/19"

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"RADIO FEEDBACK" *****************
Bill Barton, Host
Bright Moments
KBCS Bellevue-Seattle 91.3 FM

"This is one hell of a good CD! It's one of two new discs by cats I'd never heard of before that really impressed me."

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"RADIO FEEDBACK" *****************
Forrest Dylan Bryant
Freelance Writer : KZSU 90.1 FM.......Stanford, CA :: jazzobserver.com

"Cutro brews up a heady post-bop mixture on 'Sakura.' His adrenaline-laced original tunes have great presence, grabbing you by the collar and demanding attention. His treatments of standards are fresh and incisive. This is a bold disc, and it's a winner." 

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"RADIO FEEDBACK" *****************
Michael Harrison
WRTI ......... Philadelphia.

"SAKURA" Title Track............." I like the track a lot.  It's a slammin piece. "

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"RADIO FEEDBACK" *****************
 Arturo Gómez
Music Director, jazz89 KUVO
The Oasis In The City
Colorado's First HD FM Radio Station
Celebrating 14 Years of Live Performances!


"Good music is easy to play, my pal at my former station, WDNA told me that he liked it and we have compatible tastes'

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BIO



During the past 30 years Vinnie Cutro has performed with noted jazz greats such as HORICE SILVER, BUDDY RICH and LIONEL HAMPTON.He has traveled extensively throughout the world appearing at jazz festivals and concerts in Europe,Japan, Africa,Canada,South America and the U.S.A..

As a member of the Lionel Hampton Quintet,he performed guest appearances with various symphonic orchestras in the U.S.A such as the Colombus Symphony Orchestra,Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Omaha Symphony.

As a freelance musician,he has had the opportunity to work with artists such as:

Mike Stern
Billy Hart
Jerry Bergonzi
Bob Mintzer
Ray Charles
Blood Sweat And Tears
Jim McNeely
Mike Richmond
Jay Anderson
Arturo O'Farrel Orchestra
The Mel Lewis Orchestra
Jimmy McGriff
Machito Orchestra
Xavier Cugot Orchestra
Mel Torme
Bernard Perde
Barry Manilow
The Four Tops
The Temptations
Al Kooper
Donald Fagen
The Spirit Of Life Ensemble
Jazz Composers' Workshop Orchestra
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Vinnie Cutro ,born in New Jersey in 1953,received his formal musical training throughout the years and continued his education at New Jersey University where he received his B.A in Music Education.Then his working education began as a freelance musician in the New York Area.He later continued his education at New York University where he received his Masters in Jazz Performance.There he furthered his studies in jazz composition,classical studies,jazz arranging and counterpoint with Dr. Tom Boras and Jim McNeely.


The festival appearances include locations :

Pori Jazz Testival (Finland)
North Sea Festival (Holland)
Capital Jazz Festival (England)
Weisen Jazz Festival (Austria)
La Grande Parade du Jazz (France)
Perugia Jazz Festival (Italy)
Lugano Jazz Festival (Italy)
Skepsholmen Festival (Sweden)
Lugano Jazz Festival (Switzerland)
Cascais (Portugal)
Tabarka Jazz Festival (Tuniesia)
Playboy Jazz Festival (U.S.A.)
Kool Jazz Festival (U.S.A.)
Newport Jazz Festival (U.S.A.)
Chicago Jazz Festival (U.S.A.)

As a member of the Lionel Hampton Quartet,he performed guest appearances with various symphonic orchestras in the U.S.A. such as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra,Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Omaha Symphony.
His first CD release as a leader(Blues for the Optimist;West Side Records 1995) featured jazz artists such as Bob Mintzer,Jim McNeely,Victor Jones,and Mike Richmond.This CD contains 7 original compositions by the leader plus two new arrangements of John Coltrane's Giant Steps and Naima.
His second CD release featuring Mike Stern(guitar),Bob Farrel (trombone), Martin Wind (bass),Sarah Jane Cion (piano),Victor Jones (drums)and Mitch Schechter (piano) Is called "ABBERATION"
Vinnie Cutro is currently performing in the New York area with his new ensemble which is called VINNIE CUTRO & NEW YORK CITY SOUNDSCAPE.His latest cd (featuring Jerry Bergonzi (tenor saxophone),Billy Hart (drums), Bob Farrel (trombone), Charles Blenzig (piano), Jay Anderson (bass), and Mitch Schechter (piano) ) is called "SAKURA" and is also available at CDBABY.COM

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EDUCATOR


BA Music Education
New Jersey City University
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MA Arts
New York University
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New York University
Adjunct Trumpet Teacher


General Music Teacher
Jersey City Public School System

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Instrumental Music Teacher
Hackensack Public School System

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Guest Soloist/Staff Clinician
Jazz Vermont Camp/Jazz Festival
Killington,Vermont
2007
2008


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GUEST SOLOIST / CLINICIAN


Hanover Park High School Jazz Ensemble
Hanover Park,NJ
Mr. Dave Martin,Director
2008

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Bergen Catholic Highschool Jazzband
Bergen Catholic Highschool
12/18/07

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Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble
Trumpets Jazz Club
Montclair.NJ
12/9/07
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Guest Soloist/Staff Clinician
Jazz Vermont Camp/Jazz Festival
Killington,Vermont
July 15-19,2007

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Bergen Catholic Highschool Jazz Ensemble
Trumpets Jazz Club
Montclair,NJ
3/1/07

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Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble
Riverspace Arts Center
Nyack,NY
2/25/07

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Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble
Congers,NY
1/30/07

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Wall Township Highschool Jazz Ensemble
Wall Township,NJ

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Scotchplains / Fanwood Highschool Jazz Ensemble
Scotchplains,NJ

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Morristown Highschool / Middleschool Jazz Ensemble
Morristown,NJ

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Randolph Highschool Jazz Band
Randolph,NJ

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Bergen Catholic Highschool Jazz Ensemble
Oradell.NJ

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Hanover Park High School Jazz Ensemble
Hanover Park,NJ
Mr. Dave Martin,Director
1998

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Rockland Youth Ensemble
Congers,NY

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Whippany High school Jazz Ensemble
Whippany,NJ

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Randolph Highschool Jazz Ensemble
Randolph,NJ

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LESSONS / PRIVATE INSTRUCTIONS


Classical Sudies


Techniques in the development of :

* Tone
* Lip Flexibility
* Tongue Techniques
* Upper Register Development
* Finger flexibility
* Interpretation


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Jazz Improvisation


Study the Systematic approach to Jazz Improvisation

* Chord Studies
* Scale Application
* Patterns
* Transcribed Solos
* Jazz Standards
* Blues Study
* Rhythm/Space
* Jazz Improvisation Concepts
* Jazz Styles
* Practice techniques/concepts
* Intervalic Study


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DISCOGRAPHY
(as a leader)


Sakura
Vinnie Cutro & New York City Soundscape
Royal Music Ensembles Records
CD RME72307
2008

Blues For The Optimist
Vinnie Cutro Quintet
Royal Music Ensembles Records
RME82593
1994

Aberration
Vinnie Cutro & New York City Soundscape
Twinz Records
CD394
1999

Paradise
Vinnie Cutro & New Horizon
Green Pepper Junction CDA 4444 01
2004

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DISCOGRAPHY
(as a sideman)



Soulcentric
E. Bland
Reel Music
2008


Dangerous Mood
Suede
Easily Suede Music
ES1005
2008


Resonance
Karl Latham Quartet
Dropzone Records
DZJ200701
2007


The Age of Imagination Quartet
SCENARIO / JPN / CD
NO.070314HH005
2007


Last Years Waltz
The Dalton Gang
Second Step Music
ssm#1126
2006

Beginning To see The Light
Jane Stuart
Jane Stuart Music
JSM001
2006

That Healin' Feelin'
Spirit of Life Ensemble
RUP100-14
2006

Guy's Song
Guy Ventura
La Vie En Rose #2906
2006

Urbanized
Mike Di Lorenzo
www.KEEP theGROOVE
#50105
2005

Gradie Stone Live
Gradie Stone
Niki Records
2005

Sueno En Ti
Soul Creations-Deepagrooves
Empire Musicwerks
Catalog No.: 450748
2005

Deepagrooves Records
Dep G005
2005

Cutro's Lounge
Deepagrooves Records
2005

A Little Oasis
Spirit of Life Ensemble
Cristal Records
CD04-23
2004


Soul Searching
Joe Kurasz
Ren Music Inc
2004


One Rose,One Heart
Marty Rotella
Rotella Productions
2004


The Sky's The Limit
The Dynamic Superiors
P-Vine/Josrac
2003


Singin' With The Big Bands
Barry Manilow
Record Label: Arista Records (USA)
Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra/Rosemary Clooney
10/11/1994

Maranatha
Gerard Chiusano
OCP Productions
11924
2003

Just For Tonight
The Dalton Gang
Second Step Music
SSM110
2002

Live au Duc
Spirit of Life Ensemble
Rise Up Productions
RUP100-12
2002

Voices from My Heart
Julian Hernendez
Groove Scape Records
GRS1001
2002

Visions
Michael Cochrane
St. Pauls Jazz Initiative
2002

Face to Face
Bob Ferrel-Ted Curson
Twinz Records
Twinz-003
2001

Liquid Blue
Rosine Katan
Liquid Blue Music
LBM1
1998

In The Spirit Of The Moment
Hanover Park Jazz Ensemble
TD22401
1998

Thanks For The Memories "Mr. Soul"
Dennis Alston Ray
DAR Records
DAR818
1995

Bon Voyage
Bob Ferrel Quintet
BFM Productions
BFM002
1998

Time Tunnel
Bob Ferrel Quintet
BFM-001
1996

All Saints Hotel
Joe Camilleri
Head Records
1996

Miami Shadows
The Dalton Gang
Second Step Music
ssm 1118
1995

Rhythms
The Dalton Gang
Second Step Music
#07181
1993

Live At San Quintin
B.B. King
MCA Records
1991

Made in Japan
Lionel Hampton Band
Glad Hamp Records#1023
1983

Three Houses
Tom Boras
MMC 2011 J
1994

Lionel Hampton Band
Timeless Records
TR3
1982

Buddy Rich Band
MCA Records
#5186
1980

Spyglass Hill
Pete Furlan
PFM 001
1999

Works for Jazz Orchestra
N.Y.U
NYU 52899
1999

Sentimental Journey
Lionel Hampton Band
Atlantic Records #81644
1985

Generations
Frank Foster and Pepper Adams
Muse Records #MR5313
1985

Smoke Signals
Rich Austin
Alliance Records #AL3701
1992

Chitlins Parmigiana
The Vivino Brothers
Miami Shadows
DMP Records #CD492
1992


The New Xavier Cugat Orchestra
Xavier Cugat Orchestra
RKCDD002
1993

Antigua
Rio Clemente and Friends
Reality Records #8001
1980

Die Happy
Pam Tate
Left Field Records 1427-2
1991

25 Years
The Spirit of Life Ensemble
Rise Up Productions RUP100-11
2000

The All Star Jazz Orchestra
2001

Holy Love
Marlinda Ireland & The Christ Rise
Impact Publishing 10000R
2000

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