James T. Lattini has been senior adjunct professor of drums and percussion at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell for eighteen years, currently the drum and percussion instructor at Lexington Public Schools, Lexington, Ma., and home private instructor in Methuen, Ma. He has a B.A. in Music Education, University of Lowell and an M.M. in Percussion Performance, Boston University. He has extensive performance experience with renowned jazz artists including Nick Brignola, Bobby Shew, Randy Brecker, Steve Marcus, Ricky Ford, David “Fat Head” Newman, Phil Wilson, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John Lockwood, Carmen Bradford, Marvin Stamm, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ken Peplowski, Clair Dee, and Terell Stafford.
He has performed with well known jazz groups such as The Bruce Gertz Quartet, The Bruce Gertz /Ken Cervenka Quintet, The Capital Jazz Orchestra, The John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, and Mark White and “The Last Trip”. In 1989, Jim toured with the Artie Shaw /Dick Johnson Orchestra throughout the United States and Canada. Performed with the late Rebecca Parris, and has recently done an east coast tour with the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra featuring Ken Peplowski.
He has also appeared in numerous performances with internationally known shows and entertainers including The Fifth Dimension, The Four Freshmen, Buddy Hacket, The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Jeffrey Osborne, The Rat Pack, Byron Stripling’s Tribute to Louis Armstrong, Franco Corso, Joe Piscopo, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, and Pete Barbutti, Steve- March Torme’.
He has also numerous television and motion picture recording credits including “Visions” on WLVI channel 56, Boston, Ma., the sound tracks of the television shows “Melrose Place”, “90210”, and the motion picture “Analyze This”. some of his recording credits include “The Bob Sinicrope Trio”, “Boston Gig”, featuring Enrico Rosa, Miles Donahue’s “Bounce featuring Joe Calderazzo and John Patitucci, Louise Van Aarsen’s “Destiny”, Rebecca Parris’s “You Don’t Know Me”, featuring Houston Person, Jerry Bergonzi, and Gary Burton, and the most recent recording “Reflecting Forward” The Palance/Wolff Project Part I.
His festival credits include the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, The Equinox Jazz Festival, and The Cape Cod Jazz Festival. He has also been a performer and clinician at the IAJE Convention in Boston Ma. in 1994. He has also done numerous drum set seminars and workshops at U. Mass. Lowell and Salem State University. He has also been an adjudicator for Massachusetts Northeast District and All State auditions. He also is an endorser of Vic Firth products and is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team.