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“What I find most moving about working with Jim and hearing him play is something that underlies all the chops, all the craftsmanship, the formidable compositional sensibility and the elegant touch. It is something that undergirds everything that makes him such a solid and creative artistic partner. And that is simply this: when I hear Jim play I hear the sounds of love, friendship and hope that is so essential to our life on earth. I hear Jim's intention. I hear a dedication to deep and articulate
communication of Jim's humane spirit through music.
. . . Oh, and he swings his ass off.”
Kurt Elling, Grammy-Nominated Jazz Singer

Jim Trompeter’s award-winning career is filled with extensive professional successes at the highest levels as a commercial (jingle) composer, film composer, composer, producer, performer and instructor.


His richly varied compositional styles can be heard on Oprah Winfrey’s TV show, HBO’s The Sopranos and ABC News. He has composed literally thousands of radio and television commercials for nearly every recognizable product or brand you can think of.

He’s also an accomplished film composer, scoring works such as Kartemquin Film’s soon to be released “Prisoner of Her Past” and ABC Television Documentary “Breaking The Cycle of a Child”. As a Video Game Composer for manufacturers such as WMS and Midway games, Jim has created dozens of complex gaming scores for products such as “Mortal Combat” and ”Dirty Harry.

Jim's performance chops are impressive and he has the awards to show for it. Jim won the Down Beat Magazine award for “Best Instrumental Jazz Performer"; Montreux Jazz Festival’s “Stan Kenton Memorial Scholarship” award for Best Performer, finalist in the “Hennessey” National Jazz Festival and five Down Beat awards in the Large Ensemble category.

Jim has also played with an impressive array of musicians over the years. As a member of Gloria Estefan’s “Miami Sound Machine Jim performed globally in over 350 live and televised concerts. He performed on the band's double platinum recording, "Let it Loose," and composed and arranged for its live tours. Jim also toured with Jazz Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Jim has also performed with Jon Secada, Boy George, Amy Grant, Tony Randall, David Lee Roth, Joe Montegna, Whitney Houston, Christian McBride, Sammy Davis Jr, Oprah Winfrey, Shecky Green, Art Garfunkel, Dennis Miller, Sinbad, Paul Rodriguez, Freddie Hubbard, Jon Faddis, Joe Lovano, Arturo Sandoval, Kurt Elling, Bob James, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Tim Hagans, Rick Margitza, Steve Rodby, Paul Wertico, Paquito D'Rivera, Bobby Mintzer, Eddie Daniels, Fareed Haque, Conte Condoli, Lou Marini, Andy Narell, Richie Cole, Scott Wendholt, George Garzone, Louis Bellson, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana and Claudio Roditi, among others.

Jim produced and arranged BillBoard Magazine's Pop Song of the Year, “It Doesn't Really Matter Now.” Jim was also the Musical Director of the 1993 Clio Awards held in New York City.

Jim grew up in a musical family and began taking piano lessons when he was young. His mother, Billie Webster, a noted Chicago pianist and singer, claimed that Jim’s capabilities surpassed hers by the time he was 11-years-old. His commitment to passing on a passion for musical excellence is evidenced by his presence on the music faculty at Roosevelt University. He also teaches a select group of advanced students privately.

Jim’s rich musical expressions come from a profound desire to express a deeply felt and experienced artistic sensibility.


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