. In 2005, he formed the Tyler Mitchell Quintet with Gabriel Hernandez, and in 2008 he started The TamoTyler Experience, a psychedelic jazz band with singer-performer TaMo TuMa, Ken Basman, and Hernan Hecht.
Teachers and/or influences?
One of my most important influences was my dad, a painter and muralist who was friends of John Coltrane, Max Roach
, I've listened tojazz as long as I can remember, Being played at home all day, every day, it was only natural that I would play jazz because that's all I heard around the house. My other influence was my bass teacher, Donald Rafael Garrett, who played and recorded with Coltrane, Archie Shepp and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. He taught me about sound qualities on the bass, and the anatomy of the instrument.
I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I knew I wanted to be a musician when, at the age of five, John Coltrane came to my house to visit my dad while passing through Chicago. He didn't play his horn while visiting; in fact, I remember he took a nap sitting on the sofa and my father sketching his portrait. After this encounter, I decided to play music. I've been told that I have a big sound on the bass. My walking bass lines tend to be fatter or sustain longer maybe because I use more meat from my plucking finger. My approach to the music is in mixing old and new concepts to jazz. I'm interested in using 5/4 and 7/4 in jazz standards as long as it still swings.
Your dream band:
My dream band would be a big band because there so many cats I love for different things. I worked with Sun Ra Arkestra when Sun Ra was alive, and also now. I would use a lot of his concepts as well as Art Taylor