Tim Lyddon

Pianist/composer Tim Lyddon describes his approach to music as “...uncompromised, what I feel from the heart, drawn from my life's experiences.” 

Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett along with impressionism and introspection are key influences and elements in his approach.  Tim began studying piano at nine years old, but took a serious interest in jazz three years later after his family moved to California.  Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Bud Powell were his first influences in developing his own natural swing feel.  Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, Jarrett and Evans soon followed.  A serious and dedicated student, he studied with Charlie Shoemake and Terry Trotter, and after a two year stint in Las Vegas, he returned to Los Angeles and immersed himself in the jazz scene playing with great musicians such as Dick Berk, Chuck Flores, Sam Most, Bob Summers and Kim Richmond as well as leading his own trio. He recorded two trio projects and also recorded two albums with Stan Kenton trombonist Ray Weigand, as well as various television and movie scores.

After studying classical piano on scholarship with Milton Stern, Tim studied composition and arranging with Spud Murphy, who also taught such luminaries as Oscar Peterson, Gerald Wiggins and Bennie Maupin. Receiving a scholarship from Manhattan School of Music, Tim moved to New York to continue his studies with Byard and Harold Danko, and teaching as well.

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”Lyddon combines hands with heart and mind. The sensibility here is one of enormous breadth, encompassing the unearthly beauty of Romantic and Impressionistic Imaginations, the classic American song form, and the harmonic innovations of the post-bop era.” —Larry Nai, ejazznews

“Tim plays with extraordinary drive, impressive chops, good definition and a spirit which spreads nicely.” —Cadence Jazz Records

”I've traveled so far is the best jazz piano trio recording in recent years. It's distinctive from everything else.” —Daniel Karcher, WBGO

“Tim's' playing is introspective and recalls the late Bill Evans” —Tim Blangger, Morning Call

“The pianist has a light touch that allows for a certain resonance, meaning that his lines- often little snippets of pure melody-are flecked with intrigue.” —James Macnie, Village Voice

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