Guitarist, recording artist, award winning composer, and author, Jim Robitaille, has performed and or recorded and shared the bill with Dave Liebman, Karl Berger, Bob Moses, Joe Beck, Gerry Gibbs, Santi Debriano, Julian Lage, Esperanza Spalding, Oscar Stagnaro, Kate McGarry, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, and has appeared on over 20 recordings as a leader and sideman.
His television and international live performances include: The BET Jazz Channel, The Time Warner Music Choice Jazz Channel, PBS Television, The Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C, The Bearsville Theatre, Woodstock, N.Y, The Wang Center, Boston, MA, The Knitting Factory and Smoke in New York, and performances in the U.S, Canada, and the West Indies.
Jim has studied guitar and improvisation with jazz guitarist Jon Damian at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and improvisation with Charlie Banacos. Robitaille has performed concerts and taught private lessons, clinics, classes, and master-classes, in Quebec Canada, The West Indies, and in the U.S. at Westfield State College, Berklee College of Music, Brandeis University, Holyoke Community College, The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Cape Cod Community College, Connecticut College, Western New England College, Bristol Community College, Falmouth Academy, and Tabor Academy and many other educational institutions.
He is an applied jazz guitar lecturer, ensemble director, and founder and director of the Performance Jam Session Series on the Jazz Faculty at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
The Jim Robitaille Group's debut recording entitled "To Music" featuring saxophonist Dave Liebman, received international critical acclaim winning three international composition awards for three original compositions from the recording. The CD was number five in the top ten list of 2004 by the Daily Ipirotikos Agon and the Apopsy in Greece and was the publishers pick for All About Jazz and the Boston Herald. The recording received international airplay and was #1 chart-bound on the Jazz Week Jazz chart.
Jim has published articles for Jazz Guitar Online and is the author of the book "Sound Origins" Developing Your Musical Identity, and the sheet music score book to the Whaling City Sound recording The Jim Robitaille Group "To Music".
The 9th Annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composers Competition sponsored by BMI. Awarded by Herbie Hancock. Competition Judges, Charlie Haden, Horace Silver, Gerald Wilson.
The 2002 Great American Song Contest First Place Instrumental Category
The 2002 Great American Song Contest Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting Award.
Assets For Artists Grant
The Julius Hemphill Jazz Composers Alliance Competition
USA Songwriting Competition
Numerous performance grants from the MCCA.
Quotes and Reviews
..Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composers Competition winner, Jim Robitaille, led the Monk Institute student band in an impressive performance of his award winning composition."- Jazz Times Magazine
"..Jim Robitaille Group's debut To Music has its own identity."
- Jazz Improv Magazine
"..Robitaille is obviously his own man, a front runner for debut of the year."
- Jazz views. UK
"..The melodies on "To Music" are memorable and soulful. I enjoyed this recording alot."
- Dave Liebman
"..Jim Robitaille makes an impressive recording debut ."
- The Daily Ipirotikos Agon and the Apopsy, Greece
".."To Music will be a pleasant surprise to those guitarists searching for a new influence beyond, say, Metheny, Abercrombie, and Scofield." - Drums Etc, Quebec, Canada
"..Jim's work on this recording demonstrates once again why he is so respected by his peers. He always plays musically and straight from the heart. He Is a true musician." - Charlie Banacos
I have always regarded my approach to teaching as an exchange between the teacher and the student. I am an instructor, but also an eternal student. As a student, you advance and become better at teaching yourself along the way from the guidance of an experienced teacher and the music itself.
I am here to keep this exchange and communication open with all my students internationally, so please feel free to be in touch with any questions you may have at any time.