Saxophonist James Rinalducci moved to Savannah in 2009 after seeing the Jazz Festival. He has been playing Jazz for a few years and has been playing his current 1928 Conn Alto Saxophone that he
has fondly christened “Gilda,” after the 1946 movie starring Rita Hayworth.
After a couple of years of playing around Savannah, he wanted to see other parts of the country.
He started travelling and has been in cities and towns all over. He is planning another road trip in the summer, heading to the Pacicfic Northwest, before going back to the southwest for winter.
Every February, James takes part of what is called The RPM Challenge. The
challenge is to write and record an album of 10 songs or 35 minutes of music, all in February.
This past February, was the first time he did collaborations as well as vocals over his music. A couple of friends (and neice) wrote poems and he put music it to it - kind of like Beat Jazz.
One in particular, "The Power of Dandelion" features Maria Shylov on vocals for the poem she wrote.
Maria is a talented poet, from Vancouver, BC, he met a few years ago. This was their first collaboration, it will not be the last.