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.
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
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