Born: November 1, 1972 Primary Instrument: Bass
Tim Luntzel was born and raised in Palo Alto, California where at the age of 11 he began playing the bass guitar. In high school, repeated and involuntary exposure to the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington eventually led to a fledgeling enthusiasm for jazz, manifesting itself in scholarships to the Monterey Jazz Camp, the coveted Louis Armstrong Award, a tour of Europe and enrollment at the Berklee College of Music. In 1994, while still at Berklee, Tim undertook the study of the double-bass, garnering further scholarship dough for his seeming ease in handling this very difficult transition. In the years following graduation ('94-'98) Tim went on to lead the popular and critically acclaimed Venus Band and play a pivotal role in the founding of the forward-looking hip-hop band Red Time, at the same time freelancing for such artists as George Garzone, Frank Tiberi and Danillo Perez. He furthered his study of the contrabass under the tutelage of Ron Carter and later Marc Johnson. Tim Luntzel moved to Brooklyn in Autumn of '98, and immediately became busy filling people's bass-related needs with artists such as Cocktail Angst, the Bloomdaddies (feat. Seamus Blake and Chris Cheek), Jesse Harris and the Ferdinandos, Jim Campilongo, Tony Scherr, Tracy Bonham and the Melvin Sparks Band, as well as founding his own soul-jazz quintet, the Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout. He has performed and/or recorded with Steven Bernstein, Tracy Bonham, Bright Eyes, The Bruces, Jim Campilongo, Knox Chandler, Nels Cline, Jay Collins, Anton Fier, Bill Frisell, Rachelle Garniez, Larry Goldings, Guaranteed Swahili, Jamey Haddad, Emmylou Harris, Jesse Harris, Robin Holcomb, Smokey Hormel, Wayne Horvitz, Sten Hostfalt, Norah Jones, Richard Julian, Gina Leishman, Rachel Loshak, Mat Maneri, Cat Martino, Willy Mason, Van Dyke Parks, Danilo Perez, Bernard Purdie, Mickey Raphael, David Rawlings, Marc Ribot, Johnathan Rice, Peter Rowan, Jenny Scheinman, Tony Scherr, Steve Shelley, Bill Sims, Jr., Nicky Skopelitis, Melvin Sparks, Maria Taylor, Russ Titelman, Martha Wainwright, M. Ward, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Doug Weiselman, Gillian Welch, The Wollesens Marching Band, Timothy Young...
The Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout
"Who Burnt The Bacon?"
Tracks: Rumpty Dumpty.; Ode To Billie Joe; Calypso Boogaloo; Fallout; Let's Never Break Up; Rumpty Dumpty Pt. 2; Day and Night; Funky Donkey; Conjunction Mars; Soul Drums; Shoot Your Shot.
Personnel: Chris Cheek: tenor and baritone saxophones. Steve Walsh: guitar. Andrew Sherman: B3. Tim Luntzel: bass. Tony Mason: Drums. With guests Richard Julian (vox), El (vox), Maddie (vox), Andrew Borger (perc), Elizabeth Neumann (tuba) and Peter Neumann (vox).
As A Side Musician
Tracks: The Frog Threw His Head Back and Laughed; Song of The Open Road; Moe Hawk; Sleeping in the Aquifer; The Bouy Song; She Couldn't Beleive it was True; Suza; Little Calypso; Satelite; Antenna; Albert; June 21.
Personnel: Jenny Scheinman: violin. Ron Miles: cornet. Doug Wieselman: clarinets. Bill Frisell: guitar. Rachelle Garniez: accordion, piano, claviola. Tim Luntzel: bass. Dan Rieser: drums.
What You Hear Is What You Get
Tracks: Another Joe; What You Hear Is What You Get; Funky Good Time; Turn n' Point; Matter of Time; Money; Breez.
Personnel: Melvin Spark: guitar, vocals. Joe Hrbek: alto sax. George Papageorge: B3. Carter McLean: drums. Tim Luntzel: bass. Special guests Reuben Wilson (B3), Topaz (tenor).
Three More Years
Fresh Sound New Talent
Tracks: New Diet Revolution; Remembrance; Sightseeing; Hair On My Pillow; Three More Years; When; Spree Quick; Chad's Pregnant; Long Road
Personnel: Eric Rasmussen: alto saxophone. Jason Hunter: tenor and soprano saxophones. Tim Luntzel: bass. Eric Thompson: drums and cymbals.
Jim Campilongo Electric Trio
Tracks: American Hips; Watchin' You Drown In A Mud Puddle; Sweet Dreams (with Norah Jones); Cat Under A Car; Bought Some Swampland In Florida; Jim's Blues; Stella (with Norah Jones); Roy Buchanan's Cousin; Between Your Toes; Freaky Dreiky; Michelle; Like, Hello?; Ain't She Sweet.
Personnel: Jim Campilongo: guitar. Tim Luntzel: bass. Dan Rieser: drums.
Heaven Is Creepy
Jim Campilongo Electric Trio
Tracks: The Prettiest Girl In New York; Monkey in a Movie; Cry Me a River; Mr & Mrs Mouse;Because You Like Trombone; Hamster Wheel (slight return); Beautiful Dreamer (with Martha Wainwright); Menace; Heaven Is Creepy; Nellie Bly; Cry Me a River (with Norah Jone); Pepper.
Personnel: Jim Campilongo: guitar. Tim Luntzel: bass. Dan Rieser: drums. Special guests Jon Dryden: B3.
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.