Tim Armacost

Born: December 8, 1962    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Tim Armacost

Tim Armacost has led a life of constant motion. He has gathered knowledge and experience around the globe, which forms the foundation of his passionate brand of jazz. After landing in New York in 1993, Armacost quickly established his presence as a leader, releasing his first two albums, “Fire” (Concord) and “Live at Smalls” (Double Time) to critical acclaim. His hard hitting third release, “The Wishing Well,” (Double Time) announced the arrival of Armacost’s working unit, featuring Bruce Barth, Ray Drummond, and Billy Hart. The group has completed six successful tours in Europe and Asia, working with sponsors Northwest Airlines, Marriott Hotels and Volkswagen. The band is now celebrating the release of its second recording, “Brightly Dark.” (Satchmo Records) Working with his quartet, the cooperative group Hornz in the Hood with fellow saxophonists Craig Handy and Ravi Coltrane, Ray Drummond’s “Excursion Band,” and co- leading the Brooklyn Big Band with Craig Bailey, Armacost is now seriously in the mix....
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As Tim stated earlier, his goal was offer a record at once open and modern and still accessible, welcoming to listeners. He has succeeded on a grand scale. This is an important record, not just because of this fresh idea of mixing a world rhythm with the jazz methodology, but because of its superb meeting of jazz’ past and its present, of its beguiling tableau of lyricism and energy. We can use uplifting, vital music like this in times like these. Zan Stewart
As a Leader

Rhythm and Transformation
Year Released: Winter 2007
Personnel: Eddie Henderson: Trumpet, Ray Spiegel: Tabla, Bruce Barth: piano, Ugonna Okegwo: Bass, Billy Hart: drums

Brightly Dark
Satchmo Jazz
Year Released: 2003
Personnel: Bruce Barth: Piano, Ray Drummond: Bass, Billy Hart: drums

The Wishing Well
Double Time Jazz
Year Released: 2000
Personnel: Bruce Barth: Piano, Ray Drummond: Bass, Billy Hart: drums

Live at Smalls
Double Time Jazz
Year Released: 1998
Personnel: Tom Harrell: Trumpet, Jonny King: Piano, Gerald Cannon: Bass, Shingo Okudaira: drums

Concord Records
Year Released: 1996
Personnel: Kenny Barron: Piano, Gerald Cannon: Bass, Billy Hart: drums, Shingo Okudaira: Drums

As A Side Musician

Stepping UP
Leader: Jim Donica
Apria Records
Personnel: Jim Donica: Bass, Randy Brecker: Trumpet, Bruce Barth:Piano, Peter Erskine: Drums, Tim Armacost and Justin Flynn: Tenor Saxophones

Way Out East
Leader: Bill Moring
Apria Records
Personnel: Bill Moring: Bass, Tim Armacost: Saxophones, Jack Walrath: Trumpet, Steve Johns: Drums
Hot House
Leader: Don Friedman
Chiaroscuro Records
Personnel:Friedman: Piano Ron McClure: Bass, Tony Jefferson: Drums, Tim Armacost: Saxophones

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Primary Instrument:

Hastings on Hudson, NY

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

Armacost was the head of the Saxophone Department at the Sweelinck Conservatory, Amsterdam, from 1987 until 1991. He left the school to concentrate more on performing. Armacost is currently on the faculty of the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop, does frequent guest appearances at colleges and high schools around the world, and teaches individuals at his home outside of New York City. Armacost is also working towards a masters degree in jazz composition at Queens College, under the guidance of Michael Mossman.

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