In the tradition of the top jazz clubs around the world, the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra
brings a house big band to the stage at Seattle's Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club.
Formed in January of 2004, the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra features top Northwest
musicians, performing music written by band members, Northwest composers, and classic
material that isn't performed enough, including works by Gil Evans, The Stan Kenton
Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson, and Buddy Rich. Local composers that are regularly
featured include Jim Cutler, Daniel Barry, and James DeJoie.
Jamco Music is 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.
"The Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra has developed
into a solid ensemble. Cutler's music is confident, swinging and exuberant and
extends the modern tradition. It all comes together here."
- Jim Wilke,
Jazz After Hours, PRI and Jazz Northwest,
"This three-year-old ensemble shows Stan Kenton muscle..."
- Downbeat Magazine
Milky Way Mambo
Alan Weight Speaking
Get in the Game
Encontro das Aguas
Please join us every Sunday* at 7:30 pm and kick off your week in style!
The Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra is available for your wedding, party, or corporate event.
We'll bring the class and style that only a jazz big band can provide!
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Jim Cutler (lead alto, bandleader)
Jim's crazy idea to have a weekly house big band at Tula's resulted in the formation
of the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra. Initially playing lead tenor, it was only natural for
Jim to eventually move to the lead alto chair, running both the saxes and band from the front-center
of the band. In Jim's own words: "I'm very fortunate and grateful to have such great musicians
play in my band each week - my goal every week is be the worst player in the band, preferrably through
no fault of my own."
Gordon Brown (alto)
Originally from Canada, Gordon Brown began playing alto saxophone at the age
of 12. He later moved to the Dallas area for high school where he was first
introduced to jazz and where he landed his first lead chair in the school
big band. Several summer jazz camps, numerous winter music festivals,
countless private lessons, and guest spots with the Dallas Jazz Orchestra and the UNT Alumni's "Holiday Inn" Tuesday Night Big
Band later, he packed his bags and headed down to Austin where he played
lead with the prestigious University of Texas jazz ensemble for his 5 year
tenure. During this time he was fortunate to collaborate with Bob Brookmeyer, Conrad Herwig,
Phil Woods, Michael Brecker, Rick Margitza, Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis,
and Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson. Outside of school, he was a founding
member of the Austin-based hit 8-piece cover band Siringo Pass.
He then moved to Atlanta for graduate school where he played lead with the
Georgia Tech jazz ensemble while moonlighting on the lead chair with the
Georgia State University big band as well. During this time he worked
with Kevin Hays, Don Braden, Nicholas Payton, and Kenny Garrett. He was also
given what he considers the best gig in the world: playing *the* saxophone
chair in the 10-piece Atlanta Falcons house cover band where he was
responsible for blowing solos from the sidelines to crowds of 70,000+ fans
every home game during the commercial breaks over the 2004 regular season.
After moving to Seattle in 2005, he founded a small jazz group, Toaster
Child, which featured his original
compositions and arrangements. Today, in addition to the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra,
he continues to jam with the members
of Toaster Child and plays lead alto for the Jazz Police Big Band.
Mike West (lead tenor)
Mike West is a saxophone, clarinetist and flutist living in the Seattle area. Mike attended
Roosevelt High School and Central Washington University playing in the award winning Jazz Groups
led by Waldo King and John Moawad. Mike later went on to study privately with Bert Wilson,
Billy Pierce, Bill Evans, Rick Britestein and Jerome Gray. Performance credits include
Doc Severinsen, Dizzy Gillespie, James Williams, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Valli,
Don Rickles, Brian Nova, Steve Miller, Stephanie Porter, The 5th Avenue Musical Theater,
Ernie Andrews, Bob Newhart, Joan Rivers, Diane Schuur, Bobby Caldwell, Brian Lynch and
John Pizzarelli. Mike maintains a busy private teaching schedule and continues to work on
arranging and music publishing projects.
Paul Gillespie (tenor)
Paul Gillespie is a tenor saxophonist
who performs regularly in the Seattle area as a member of the Jazz Police,
Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, PGM Trio, Kevin McCarthy Quartet and others. He aspires to compose and perform modern music
and develop a unique style and sound as a jazz artist. Paul studies composition with
William O. Smith and recently
finished writing a string quartet. A graduate of Indiana University and the University of Washington, Paul currently
teaches music at Highland Middle School and Interlake High School in the Bellevue School District in Bellevue, Washington.
James DeJoie (baritone)
James hails from the Pacific Northwest and revels in the practice of bringing together
diverse musical genres in distinctive combinations. Jim writes and performs music that broadens
the scope of what may be defined as "jazz," and through his use of electronics and
world-influenced rhythms, creates a genre unto itself. He is equally fluent on baritone
and alto saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, and percussion. In addition to playing
in the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, he performs and composes for his own groups,
Joietet, Dr Fleek and the Army of Experimental Children, and
the Ocular Proof, and is a regular contributor to such
top-flight Northwest ensembles as Moraine, Wayne Horvitz's Washington Composers Orchestra,
Daniel Barry's Walk All Ways, and the Jim Knapp Orchestra.
He is also active performing classical music and was the featured soloist in a
Baritone Saxophone Concerto written for him by composer David Gaines, which he recorded
with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava in 2008.
Mike Mines (lead trumpet)
Mike Mines has played trumpet professionally in the Seattle area since 1985.
He has played lead trumpet with the Jazz Police Big Band since the band was
formed in 1986. Mike has appeared with such touring artists as the Mills
Brothers, the Temptations, Dee Daniels, Dave Weckl, Eddie Daniels and many
In addition to playing the trumpet, Mike has taught band at Valley
View Middle School in Snohomish since 1985. His concert bands and jazz bands
have won numerous awards including 1st Place at Bellevue Jazz Festival in
2002 and 2003, and are known for their consistent excellence throughout the
Puget Sound region. Mike has also presented clinics on band room management
and middle school jazz band repertoire at Washington Music Educators and All
Pete has been teaching and performing as a freelance trumpet player in the
Pacific Northwest for over 26 years. He attended Western Washington University as a
Performance/Music Education Major from 1979-86 where he studied with Wayne Gorder,
Tom Parriott (former co-principal, Vancouver Symphony), Steve Keene, and Syd Potter (Jazz).
He has been a brass coach for the Ferndale School District and the North Sound Youth Symphony.
He currently teaches trumpet at Shoreline Community College. During his teaching career his
students’ accomplishments include: attending and placing first in the State MENC Solo/Ensemble
Festival, principal trumpet with The Seattle Youth Symphony. Several students have gone on to
attend prestigious institutions such as The Cleveland Institute, San Francisco Conservatory,
Tanglewood, Interlochen Performing Arts School, and The Berklee School Of Music.
Pete performs with Latin Bands, Big Bands, Chamber groups, R&B/Soul Bands,
Theater Orchestras, and in various other genres throughout the Pacific Northwest as
well as on national tours. Artists worked with include Mary Wilson and the Supremes,
The Platters, The Coasters, Toni Tenille, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra,
The Artie Shaw Orchestra, The Steve Miller Band, Lenny Williams, Dee Daniels,
The Whatcom Symphony Orchestra, and local acts including Doctor Funk, Andy O, Type-A!,
The Blues Power Revue, and many other acts.
Al graduated from the University of Washington School of Music
with a Bachelor of Arts in Trumpet Performance in 1985. Al is a
Seattle's Jazz and R&B scene for over 30 years, and in addtion to the Jim
Cutler Jazz Orchestra, he leads his own quartet (the Al
Keith Jazz Quartet, and has performed with Annie Rose and the Thrillers, the
KPLU Jazz All Star Band, the Rhythm Boys, ACT Theatre, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra,
the Jazz Police, and was a founding member of Seattle's Roadside Attraction big band
Recording Credits include work for the
Toyota Motor Co., Macy's, trumpet "Voice" for Vivendi/Universal Hoyle
Casino Video Games(as a featured soloist and orchestra member),
PBS's "The Kumon Diaries" (National Televised Release), along with dozens of local
projects as leader and side man. National credits as a side man include
Natalie Cole, the Manhattan Transfer, the Four Tops, James Cotton, Twyla
Paris (w/LA great Frank Szabo), the Smothers Brothers, the Greg Kihn
Band, and many others.
Daniel Barry is a composer, arranger, conductor, music educator, publisher
and trumpet player currently living in Seattle. Although Daniel's work as a
composer falls primarily into the jazz category, his music contains elements
garnered from advanced classical music studies along with residencies and
festival performances throughout the world, in particular the Caribbean,
Central America, Peru, Brazil and Southeast Asia.
He has served as guest Composer/Performer in Residence for the
Banda Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil, the Conservatoire de Tatui in Sao Paulo
Brazil, and as a featured composer at the 2003 Lima Jazz Festival in Peru.
He is the owner/operator of Marina Music Service and Daniel Barry
Publications, and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Music Composition from the
University of California at Santa Barbara.
Chris Amemiya (lead trombone)
Originally a euphonium player all through high school, Chris started playing the
trombone seriously in college in order to play in the jazz orchestra, but
never majored in music. In addition to being a trombone freak he holds a
Ph.D. in genetics and is a professed science geek (his day gig as a mad
scientist at Virginia Mason helps to support his trombone addiction).
Chris has performed with Gabe Baltazar, Bobby Shew, Jimmy Borges, Ed Calle,
Anthony Brown and the Afro-Eurasian Eclipse, James Newton, Phil Wilson, Gene
Ramey, Manfredo Fest, Tony Lada, Jon Jang, Andre Hayward, Francis Wong, Ben
Rietveld, Yasko Kubota's PowerJazz Orchestra, Ryles Jazz Orchestra, Bobby
Blue Bland, and numerous salsa bands.
Steve has played with many jazz groups in the Seattle area, small, large and in-between. In addition to
playing with the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, Steve is a founding member of the Jazz Police big band, and
performs frequently with MonkeyGoDutch and Red Fish Blue Fish.
Ryan, a native of the Salt Lake City area, started performing frequently with Mambo Jumbo, the then-premier salsa band
in Salt Lake while studying computer science at the University of Utah.
This collaboration led to performances at the 2002 Olympics medals plaza opening for the Dave Matthews Band,
and post-award parties at the Sundance Film Festival. Working as a
freelance musician Ryan frequently appeared in pit orchestras for premier local productions and national
Broadway tours. He also played lead trombone in the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra, worked with many
top local musicians, and had the privilege to perform with nationally recognized artists including
Conrad Herwig, Andy Martin,
Chuck Findley, Bobby Shew, Eddie Daniels, Ira Nepus, Frank Sinatra Jr, The Temptations,
The Four Tops, Don Rickles, Debby Boone, Mary Wilson, and Gladys Knight. In 2010,
Ryan and his wife Lori co-founded the Utah Wind Symphony, the region's premier concert band,
and the ensemble's rapidly-spreading reputation led to guest appearances with composer
David Maslanka, trumpeter Allen Vizzutti, and trombonist Larry Zalkind.
After working as a professional software developer for ten years, Ryan was hired
by Microsoft and relocated to the Seattle area in 2012, where he now performs with
the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra and the Seattle Wind Symphony.
Chad Kirby (bass trombone)
Chad is a native of Kansas City, but moved to Seattle in 1990 to
study trombone with Stuart Dempster at the University of Washington. He earned a Doctor of
Musical Arts degree in trombone performance in 1998. A few years
later, an accident injured Chad's slide arm and left him unable to
play for many years. During the interregnum, Chad attended law school
at Seattle University, figuring that you don't need that many good
arms to be a lawyer. Eventually, Chad began to wonder whether it would
be possible to play trombone again. After some years of
experimentation and much custom fabrication, he discovered that
playing bass trombone requires fewer good arms than he originally
thought. These days, Chad practices IP law and develops software for
patent attorneys when he's not playing left-handed bass trombone with
the Orchestra Seattle, Jay Thomas' Usual Suspects big band, and the
Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra.
Gregg Robinson (piano)
Gregg has played professionally in Chicago and Seattle for over 35 years.
In addition to composing and arranging, Gregg has accompanied singers, worked
with big bands, and done cabaret and theater work. In Seattle, he also plays with the
Jump Ensemble and the Momentum Jazz Quartet, and has worked with Hadley Caliman,
Rick Mandyck, Stephanie Porter and Perry Robinson, among others.
Philip Demaree (bass)
Phil has been playing bass for over 25 years.
A native of Boulder, Co.,
he attended the University of Northern Colorado under Gene Aitken.
He spent several years touring the US and Canada and appearing with
such artists as Ray Charles, The Mills Brothers, Dianne Schuur, Joe Williams,
and John Gary.
In addition to playing bass, Phil sings with the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra
on a regular basis. He also plays and sings regularly with
Roadside Attraction big band and vocal trio Trish, Hans and Phil, and plays with the Jim Cutler quartet.
He also composes and arranges for each of these bands.
Phil has been arranging choral pieces for the Seattle Choral Company,
including "Santa Through the Swing Years," which was performed for the first time
in SCC's Christmas 2004 concert.
A Renaissance man for the new millennium, Phil also has extensive expertise in
the computer industry, having worked with computer hardware and software
troubleshooting for almost 20 years.
Ed Littlefield (drums)
Ed, a Tlingit Native of Southeast Alaska,
received his formal music education at the University of Idaho
where he majored in Vocal and Instrumental Music Education with a percussion emphasis. He studied percussion
with Daniel Bukvich and jazz history and theory with Robert McCurdy.
Now based out of Seattle, Ed has had the pleasure of playing in the Idaho-Washington Symphony, The Orion Trombone Quartet,
The Jazz Police, The MusicWorks Jazz Orchestra and many other professional groups in the Pacific Northwest.
In addition to working as a freelance musician he has also worked on Carnival Cruise Lines ships
and has toured with various groups, including as the internationally known ensemble The Dallas Brass and
the percussion group Juxtapercussion.
Previously, Ed was the music director at Sitka High School where he taught Jazz Band, Symphonic Band,
Jazz Choir, Concert Choir and Guitar class. He has also been on the music faculty at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp for
seven years teaching elementary music, percussion and body percussion classes. He continually strives to achieve
high standards in music education by giving clinics and workshops in and out of the traditional classroom around the Northwest.
Ed is also a composer and arranger of Native music, and arranged several choral pieces commissioned
by the Alaska Native Brotherhood and the Sitka High School music program. He recently completed an album combining
traditional Alaskan Native music with jazz, which is entitled Walking Between Worlds.
TJ Kottsick (Alto/Tenor)
Doug Bambrick (Alto)
Doug Reid (Bari)
Ryan Lunz (Bari)
Robby Beasley (Trumpet)
Eric Jellison (Trumpet)
Thomas Morgan (Trumpet)
Collin Provence (Piano)
Andy Carr (Piano)
Brian Olendorf (Piano)
Susan Pascal (Vibes)
Dennis Rea (Guitar)
David Pascal (Bass)
Rachael Contorer (Bass)
Scott Ketron (Drums)
Paul Miranda (Drums)
*Some Sundays may have special events booked. Please
contact Tula's Restaurant and Jazz Club
at 206-443-4221 for reservations and
to confirm performance dates and times.