Tyler Blanton Tyler Blanton

Vibraphonist and composer Tyler Blanton is becoming recognized as a rising star in the New York City jazz scene. Over the past five years, his work has received notice by numerous major publications including Downbeat, Jazztimes, Village Voice, and The New York Times. Blanton’s second studio album as a leader, Gotham, is scheduled for release in March, 2014.

A native of California, Blanton began playing guitar and drums in his early teens. Early exposure to jazz came by way of his grandfather, Joe Cavaglieri- a tenor saxophonist prominent in the big band and swing music scene surrounding Los Angeles in the 40’s and 50’s. Entering music school as a percussionist, Blanton quickly steered towards mallet percussion and ultimately jazz vibraphone as his principle musical outlet. After starting his schooling at California Institute for the Arts, Blanton finished up his undergraduate degree in music in 2006 from Sonoma State University in northern California. By the time of his graduation, Blanton had firmly established himself in the greater San Francisco Bay Area Jazz Scene. In addition to keeping a busy schedule as a sideman, he was involved in several working projects with many of his mentors and faculty members at the University, most notably guitarist Randy Vincent.

Determined to further his music, Blanton took the plunge and permanently relocated to New York City in 2007, settling in Brooklyn. Upon his arrival, he took on a strong presence as a band leader and composer, quickly connecting with many influential players in the scene and performing around town at venues such as Smalls, La Lanterna, and Cornelia St Cafe. The culmination of Blanton’s first two years in New York is reflected in his 2010 debut album, “Botanic,” which featured drummers Richie Barshay and Jared Schonig, bassists Aidan Carroll and Dan Loomis, and saxophonist Joel Frahm. Upon its release, “Botanic,” garnered considerable notice, earning reviews in Downbeat and Jazztimes magazines, as well as being chosen as a top album of the year by both Hot House and Village Voice Critic’s polls that year.

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“A young vibraphonist with strong lyrical footing” -Nate Chinen (New York Times)

“An heir apparent to the swinging and melodically charged throne of post-bop masters Gary Burton and Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphonist Tyler Blanton has slowly emerged as one of today’s rising jazz stars” - Seton Hawkins (Hot House Magazine)

“Affable and hard- swinging” - (Time Out New York)

“(Blanton) paints pellucid tones with his mallets, always attentive to the contours of his compositions and comping.” - Michael Jackson (DownBeat)

“Blanton’s music is sophisticated, swinging, and modern in the right ways, yet gutsy.” - Josef Woodard

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Tyler Blanton Concerts

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Tyler Blanton
Bar LunÀtico
Brooklyn, NY

Albums by Tyler Blanton

Album Gotham by Tyler Blanton

Gotham

Self Produced
2014

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Album Tyler Blanton: Gotham by Tyler Blanton

Tyler Blanton: Gotham

Self Produced
2014

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Botanic

Point of Departure, WMPG-FM
2011

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Album Botanic by Tyler Blanton

Botanic

Self Produced
2010

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Freaky Dream

Freaky Dream

Tyler Blanton
Gotham

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