Portland saxophonist Tim Willcox was born in Eugene, OR. Taking up saxophone at the age of eleven, Tim quickly fell in love with jazz music. He was exposed to great jazz recordings by two very inspirational teachers, Carl Woideck and Joe ingram. Throughout high school, Willcox earned several national honors, winning A Downbeat Magazine award as well a being named a Presidential Scholar of the Arts in 1993. This honor was bestowed upon Tim at the White House by president Bill Clinton. Willcox was also the recepient of the Stan Getz / Clifford Brown fellowship, presented by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Moving to New Jersey in 1994 to attend internationally acclaimed William Paterson University, Willcox got the chance to study with jazz greats Kenny Burrell, Harold Mabern, Vic Juris, Rufus Reid, Steve Wilson, John Riley, as well as taking lessons outside of school from Rick Margitza, Lee Konitz, and the NY Phil’s David Demsey. After graduating in 1998, Willcox moved to New York City where he played with Marc Copland, Jeff Hirschfield, Vic Juris, Reid Anderson, Ben Monder, Matt Pennman, Scott Mclemore, John Herbert, Michael Kanan, and many other acclaimed musicians.
Since moving to Portland in 2002, Willcox has performed with David Friesen, Randy Porter, Alan Jones, Bobby Torres, George Mitchell, Gary Hobbs, Gary Versace, John Gross, PDXV, and Victor Noriega. Tim has recorded with Gino Vannelli, Randy Porter, Art Hirihara, Ingrid Jensen, Peter Erskine, Larry Grenadier, Marcus Reynolds + Farnell Newton, Bill Athens, Darek Oles, Chris Mosley, and a slew of others