A life-long native of South-Eastern Wisconsin, Jamie is an active trumpet player, composer, and educator. He has performed with such notable jazz artists as Arturo O’ Farrill, Adonis Rose, Ralph Bowen, Dan Nimmer, Joe Sanders, Matt Ulery, Francios Moutin, Pete Zimmer, Rob Wilkerson, Rick Germanson, David Hazeltine, and David Bixler. Jamie has performed with Grammy nominated R & B artist Eric Benet, and was featured live in his recent music videos, “The Hunger” & “You’re the Only One”. He has also performed with the Barcelona-based band Brazzaville led by David Brown (Beck), and comedian Bob Newhart. In 2005, Jamie was the featured artist on the nationally-syndicated NPR show “Says You!”. Jamie’s current projects include Dreamland (The Music of Thelonious Monk), and the Lesser Lakes Trio (with John Christensen and Devin Drobka).
In 2003, Jamie recorded his first album as a leader “Song to a Rose”, featuring then 19-year-old bass phenom Joe Sanders. The recording featured several original compositions, as well as Freddie Hubbard’s classic “Gittin’ Down”, Sam Rivers’ “Beatrice, and the beautiful Jule Styne ballad, “I Fall in Love Too Easily”. Finally released in 2006, the recording was chosen by jazzreview.com’s Paul J. Youngman as a top-ten release of 2007.
In late 2011, Jamie recorded and released his second studio recording, “Serenity”, a duo with the Boston-based pianist Barry Velleman. The 13-track “standards” release was recorded in one three-hour session. Serenity was released on January 1st, 2012 as a digital-download-only.
2013 found Jamie recording and releasing a new project, “Spirits” on Chicago’s Blujazz Record Label. “Spirits” features the talents of Tony Barba on tenor saxophone, Tim Ipsen on bass, and Andrew Green on drums. “Spirits” was recorded live at The Jazz Estate, Milwaukee’s epicenter of jazz and creative music. Since its release in early May of 2013, “Spirits” has been receiving air play nation-wide.
As an educator, Jamie was the Director of Bands at Maple Dale School in Fox Point, WI from 2002 until 2015 when he took a position as Instrumental Music Instructor at The Prairie School in Racine, WI. In 2013, he was nominated for the first ever Grammy Music Educator Award and was selected as one of 200 semi-finalists out of over 30,000 nominees. In addition to being a full-time band director, he has served on the music faculties of Cardinal Stritch University, Alverno College, and has most recently been added as an adjunct instructor of Jazz Trumpet at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In 2010 he became one of the co-founders of the Milwaukee Jazz Vision, an organization guided by the purpose of advancing jazz and creative music in the greater Milwaukee area.
In 2013 Jamie became an endorsing artist for Ravel Paris Trumpets, a high quality cost-effective line of student and intermediate brass instruments.
(8/13/15) Tone Madison, Scott Gordon | Lesser Lakes
(1/20/15) No Depression, Kevin Lynch | Thelonious Monk
(8/20/13) JazzTimes, Scott Albin | “Spirits” Review
(6/25/13) The Jazz Word, John Barron | “Spirits” Review
(6/16/13) Midwest Record, Chris Spector | “Spirits” Review
(5/2/13) Onmilwaukee, Bobby Tanzilo | “Spirits” Review
(1/17/12) Shepherd Express, Graham Marlowe | “Serenity Review”
(1/1/12) Onmilwaukee, JC Poppe | “Serenity Review”
(6/30/07) Jazz Review, Paul J. Youngman | “Song to a Rose” Review