James Chirillo

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James Chirillo
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Chirillo with the Kenny Davern All Stars at the 2004 Breçon Jazz Festival (photo: Barry Quick)
Background information
Birth name James Louis Chirillo
Born (1953-05-02) May 2, 1953 (age 60)
Origin Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
Genres Jazz, big band, bebop, hard bop, swing, mainstream jazz, classical music
Occupations Musician, composer, arranger
Instruments Jazz guitar, banjo, composer
Years active 1974 – present

James Louis Chirillo (born May 2, 1953, Waltham, Massachusetts) is an American jazz guitarist, jazz banjoist, composer, arranger, and band leader.[1] He grew up in Bellevue, Washington, and has been a resident of Teaneck, New Jersey, since 1993.

College[edit]

Chirillo studied music at The University of North Texas College of Music, where in the fall of 1976, he was chosen to play in the One O'Clock Lab Band for the academic year. His major concentration was composition and he studied guitar with Jack Petersen.

Post-college[edit]

New York days[edit]

Post-college studies[edit]

Early days[edit]

Chirillo grew up in Bellevue, Washington.

Discography[edit]

a. "When Lights Are Low" (Benny Carter, Spencer Williams) / arr: James Chirillo
b. "I Love You, Samantha" (Cole Porter) / arr: James Chirillo
c. "Sultry Serenade" (aka "How Could You Do a Thing Like That to Me") (Tyree Glenn, Allan Roberts) / arr: James Chirillo
d. "Counterpoise No. 2 for Electric Guitar and Trumpet" (John Carisi)
e. "If I Only Had a Brain" (Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg) / arr: James Chirillo
f. "Move" (Denzil Best) / arr: James Chirillo
g. "Elend" (from Op. 27, No. 7) - 4:52 (Alexander Zemlinsky) / arr: James Chirillo
h. "Can't We Be Friends?" (Paul James, Kay Swift) / arr: James Chirillo
i. "Bourbon Street Parade" (Paul Barbarin) / arr: James Chirillo
j. "Lush Life" (Billy Strayhorn) / arr: James Chirillo
k. "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" (Harry Carroll, Joseph McCarthy) / arr: James Chirillo
l. "Fancifree" (James Chirillo) / arr: James Chirillo
m. "Blues for Valerie" (James Chirillo) / arr: James Chirillo
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on the Christmas album, What Would Santa Say?, Nagel-Heyer Records (1999)
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on Kenny Davern's, Dialogues (2007)
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on Marcus Roberts', Portraits In Blue (1996)
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on Barbara Lea's, Hoagy's Children, Volume One, Audiophile Records (1993)
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on Houston Person's, Thinking Of You (2007)
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on Daryl Sherman's Hundred Million Miracles (2003)
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on Kenny Davern's At The Mill Hill Playhouse (2003)
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on Daryl Sherman's, Born To Swing (2002)
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on Daryl Sherman's, New O'leans, Audiophile Records
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on Joyce Breach's Remembering Mabel Mercer, Audiophile Records (2003)
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on Claude Williams' Live At J'S Vol. 1 (1989)
  • CD, Eddie Bert, Walk On The Roots, Mothlight Records (1989)
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on Dick Sudhalter's album (1989)
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on David Lahm's Jazz Takes On Joni Mitchell (1999)
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on Joe Temperley's The Sinatra Songbook, Hep Records
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on Scott Robinson's, Melody from the Sky
  • CD, James Chirillo performs with Warren Vache & The Scottish Ensemble, Don't Look Back, Arbors Records
Chirillo composition, Valse Prismatique
  • CD, James Chirillo performs with Randy Reinhart's As Long As I Live, Arbors Records (2005)
  • CD, James Chirillo performs with The Loren Schoenberg Big Band on the album Out of this World
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on the album, The Keith Ingham New York 9, Volume 1 Allegheny Jazz Records
  • CD, James Chirillo performs on the album, The Keith Ingham New York 9, Volume 3 Allegheny Jazz Records
  • CD, James Chirillo performs with Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra on the album Blues and the Abstract Truth: The Music of Oliver Nelson, Live At The Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC, August 16 and 17, 1997
  • CD, James Chirillo performs with Joe Wilder on the album No Greater Love Evening Star Records (orig release 1994; rerelease May 2003)
  • James Chirillo performs on the album Bobby Gordon Plays Joe Marsala: Lower Register, Arbors Records (2007)
  • CD, The L-5 Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Bye Bye Blackbird arranged by James Chirillo (recital in Stan Kenton Hall, North Texas label) (Feb 20, 2006)

As sideman[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Music Department: additional musician, rhythm guitar
Soundtrack: performer, Sweet Georgia Brown (1925)
Chirillo performed rhythm guitar on the Sweet Georgia Brown track — where the crescent moon cable breaks while Sean Penn is riding it. Howard Alden performed all the solo work. Bucky Pizzarelli performed all the other rhythm tracks.
Music Department: musician, guitar and banjo

Selected clips online[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz; Second edition; Three volumes. Edited by Barry Kernfeld. London: Macmillan Publishers, 2002 (LCCN 2001-40794) (ISBN 1561592846)

Published music and papers[edit]

COMPOSITIONS & ARRANGEMENTS

  • James Chirillo, Grainger Suite (on two of Percy Grainger's tunes, the Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol and Hill-Song No. 2 (2002) (premiered 2002 by the USMA Band)
  • James Chirillo, Prelude To A Minor Insensitivity, a Tribute to Bill Finegan
  • James Chirillo, Valse Prismatique
  • James Chirillo, Homage Concerto for Clarinet and Jazz Orchestra, Val-Doc Music (ASCAP) (c. 1996) (National Endowment for the Arts, 1995 Jazz Composition Grant), written for Ken Peplowski and the Loren Schoenberg Jazz Orchestra. (Contrary to the liner notes on the recording, the Homage Concerto for Clarinet and Jazz Orchestra was never dedicated to or was in any way associated with Benny Goodman; it also was completed in April 1996 - James Chirillo)
  • James Chirillo, Manhattan Work Song (1993) (Title Track of a CD by Loren Schoenberg Jazz Orchestra and voted "worthy of wider recognition" by the Village Voice, 1993)

PAPERS

External links[edit]