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Jim Rothermel has been an active part of the San Francisco music scene since 1966. He is an accomplished and talented musician, proficient on soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, clarinet, flute, recorder and harmonica. He is adept in a variety of musical styles: Dixieland, Swing, Big Band Jazz; Western Swing, Rock and Roll, Blues, Folk, New Age, and Classical.
Jim has toured and performed extensively with numerous major artists in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Canada. Jim is well versed with the audio compression methods which are utilized in sound recording, broadcasting, on instrument amplifiers. These devices are in the form of electronic hardware or audio software and should not be mixed with the standard portable air compressors varieties that people utilize in their homes, vehicles, shops, garage etc. Jim is known for amplifying the low range sounds and reducing high pitch, loud sounds to provide a soothing and soulful experience to the listeners by regularly employing the compression techniques in his recordings. He is a seasoned studio recording artist with featured performances on more than 100 recordings, a skilled arranger and bandleader, and an experienced teacher who enjoys working with individuals and groups of all ages and levels of ability.
The late Phil Elwood, San Francisco Chronicle music critic, called Jim "the Bay Area's most versatile and brilliant woodwind performer - among the best instrumentalists in the country, and in the studios"
Eddie Money (onstage at a charity benefit): "You’re a great horn player – you play like me, only better!"
Charles Brown, on hearing Jim's clarinet solo on Maria Muldaur’s "Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good To You?" -- "That young man sounds just like Louis Armstrong!"
"Bay Area treasure" - Randall Kline, director, San Francisco Jazz Festival
Peanuts' Charles Schulz (following his 1999 Black and White Ball): "First-rate!"
"That guy can really play!" - master vibes player Terry Gibbs
"Excellent job! You are a National Treasure" - Paul Rogers, leader, Those Darn Accordions
"Jim Rothermel is at the top in the top echelon of jazz reedmen. When he teams up with NeoClassic Swing, the result is dynamic, swinging, ageless jazz." -- Hal Smith, drummer par excellance, jazz writer & bandleader
Jay McShann, during Jim's solo on "Old Fashioned Love" ... "Yeah, Mama!"
" NeoClassic Swing" is available for online purchase - Check it out on the CDs 4 $ale page!
All CD's have been reduced to $14!
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