Born: May 8, 1981 Primary Instrument: Vibraphone
Vibraphonist and composer Tyler Blanton is becoming recognized as a rising star in the New York City jazz scene. Over the past five years, his work has received notice by numerous major publications including Downbeat, Jazztimes, Village Voice, and The New York Times. Blanton’s second studio album as a leader, Gotham, is scheduled for release in March, 2014.
A native of California, Blanton began playing guitar and drums in his early teens. Early exposure to jazz came by way of his grandfather, Joe Cavaglieri- a tenor saxophonist prominent in the big band and swing music scene surrounding Los Angeles in the 40’s and 50’s. Entering music school as a percussionist, Blanton quickly steered towards mallet percussion and ultimately jazz vibraphone as his principle musical outlet. After starting his schooling at California Institute for the Arts, Blanton finished up his undergraduate degree in music in 2006 from Sonoma State University in northern California. By the time of his graduation, Blanton had firmly established himself in the greater San Francisco Bay Area Jazz Scene. In addition to keeping a busy schedule as a sideman, he was involved in several working projects with many of his mentors and faculty members at the University, most notably guitarist Randy Vincent....
“An heir apparent to the swinging and melodically charged throne of post-bop masters Gary Burton and Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphonist Tyler Blanton has slowly emerged as one of today’s rising jazz stars” - Seton Hawkins (Hot House Magazine)
“Affable and hard- swinging” - (Time Out New York)
“(Blanton) paints pellucid tones with his mallets, always attentive to the contours of his compositions and comping.” - Michael Jackson (DownBeat)
“Blanton’s music is sophisticated, swinging, and modern in the right ways, yet gutsy.” - Josef Woodard