About Us

Our History

The Jim Ferris Trio has been a fixture on the Raleigh jazz scene since 2008, playing throughout the Triangle. They reached #1 on the Raleigh ReverbNation Jazz Charts in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, receiving outstanding recognition and accolades from jazz lovers of all types and ages. 

The Trio performed for the 2016 Art of Cool Festival, performs locally at C.GRACE, Travinia Italian Kitchen, Irregardless Café, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse, Beyu Caffe' and are available for weddings and private parties/events.

Our Sound

The Trio performs a wide selection of standard & contemporary jazz, funk and fusion featuring sax, flute, keyboards, piano, vocals and drums. 

The group also performs as a duo, quartet or quintet.


Jim Ferris

Jim Ferris (sax/flute) moved to Raleigh, NC from Rochester, NY in 1999. Jim has been leading his own jazz group since the late '80's in New York and North Carolina. In Rochester, he fronted the Jim Ferris Quartet for about a decade and has been performing for more than 35 years, playing Jazz, Funk, R&B, Top40, Rock and more. 

Gary Brunotte

Gary Brunotte (keyboards/vocals) debuted as a professional musician at a New Year's Eve gig when he was 11, switched to organ and performed with r&b and rock & roll bands as a teenager. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and taught there for three years.  He has recorded several CDs including two with renown saxophonist Eric Merienthal receiving excellent reviews in both JazzTimes and Billboard magazines.  

Bob Jackson

 Bob Jackson (drums) has been in music education for the past 30 years.  He is a drums and percussion specialist and a master at his craft playing straight ahead jazz, Latin, funk and fusion. He can be found performing throughout the Triangle with the Jim Ferris Trio and other groups such as Quintessence Jazz Orchestra and the Gary Brunotte Group, as well as performing on solo flute.