Born: December 3, 1955
Composer, musician, playwright, Tobin Mueller has been involved in collaborations across the artistic spectrum. His latest recording, WHAT SURVIVES, highlights his talent across many Jazz stylings, from contemporary Big Band to Ballads to R&B and Funk. It follows on the heals of Tobin's 2018 blockbuster, STANDARD DEVIATIONS, in which he reinterprets 33 of the greatest Jazz Standards of all-time. In addition, WONDER (2019), is a tour de force combining Jazz Fusion and Progressive Rock. RAIN BATHER won Best Jazz Album in 2009. He also has numerous solo piano jazz albums, including AFTERWORDS and the MASTERWORKS TRILOGY. A virtuoso post-bop modal jazz multi-genre genius, Mueller has recorded with Grammy winners Dave Brubeck, Ron Carter (see COME IN FUNKY), Michael Hedges, Donny McCaslin (last collaborator with David Bowie), blues guitarist Paul Nelson, and Jon Anderson (from Yes), Janet Planet and more. He's played with Maynard Ferguson; Brian Welch (Head from Korn), Scott Rockenfield (Queensrÿche) and countless other musicians from around the globe. A NYC Dramatist Guild playwright, he's staged 5 shows in Manhattan, toured the world, and been involved in several artistic multi-genre collaborations involving the Internet. He founded the ArtsForge Collaborative Artist Community back in 1998. He's won awards for music, poetry and environmental commitment (UNEP Roll of Honor).
United Nations’ Global 500 Roll of Honor, laureate,
WHAT SURVIVES (2020 Best of Year Pick) - MainlyPiano.com
JAZZIZ Magazine's Critics' Choice: Afterwords (2017).
Fanfare Magazine's Annual Critics Choice awards: Of
Two Minds (2016), Flow (2015)
Mainly Piano's Annual Favorite Picks: WONDER
(2019), Standard Deviations (2018),
Afterwords (2017), Of Two Minds (2016), Flow (2015).
Album of the Year: Rain Bather, JazzChicago.net
Wisconsin Association of Environmental Educator’s
“Earthguard Award”, 1993.
Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s
“Environmental Excellence Award”, 1994.
STANDARD DEVIATIONS - An amazing jazz amalgam
that showcases the great
players Mueller chose to record with. But even more
so, it captures at its zenith
Mueller’s genius ability to dance in and out of motifs
and themes while paying such
great respect to the jazz composers he quotes”. He
makes the intertwining of the
composer's intent with his own interpretation sound
effortless, expansive, beautiful
and awesome... - John LaMantia, contributing critic
for Downbeat Magazine
“RAIN BATHER is yet another demonstration of Tobin
Artists who share similar musical characteristics to Tobin Mueller.