From smoky dives to Carnegie Hall, Jim Guttmann’s career spans 40 years and many musical idioms. A founding member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, he has toured the world and has performed and recorded with Itzhak Perlman and Joel Grey. He has worked with Eartha Kitt, Mark Murphy, western swing legend Tiny Moore, blues masters Johnny Shines and James Cotton, the new acoustic music stars Matt Glaser and Russ Barenberg, Jaki Byard’s Apollo Stompers, and the Artie Shaw Band. He has performed with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and, in 1999, premiered Gunther Schuller’s duet for trumpet and contrabass “Fantastical Colloquy.” Along with Richard Stolzman and Dan Stepner he was part of the Grammy Award winning ensemble on Yehudi Wyner’s “The Mirror”. In 2010 he released his first album as a leader, “Bessarabian Breakdown” a culmination of his experience to date, moving through traditional small and large klezmer ensembles, a traditional Afro-Cuban guajira, a nod to Tower of Power and calypso, a swinging piano trio and a brief hip hop interlude.