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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.

Armacost's career is already distinguished by performance and recording credits alongside the likes of Al Foster, Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Billy Hart, Victor Lewis, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ray Drummond, Roy Hargrove, Paquito D'Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Bruce Barth, Dave Kikoski, Don Friedman, Lonnie Plaxico, Robin Eubanks, Charlie Shoemake, Pete Christlieb, Randy Brecker, Akira Tana, Valery Ponomarev, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, and the David Murray Big Band. He has toured throughout East and West Europe, Japan, India, and the United States.

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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
Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

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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Now Ear This

Self Produced
2021

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Time Being

Whirlwind Recordings Ltd
2017

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Rhythm and...

ArtistShare
2007

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Brightly Dark

Satchmo Jazz Records
2003

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The Wishing Well

Double Cross
2000

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