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Tim Horner

Tim Horner began playing the drums at the age of ten. His influences rest primarily with musical parents. His introduction with music began by singing in the church choir at a very early age and by the 4th grade he began playing violin, viola, and drums in his public school music programs. This continued through high school while also joining The Roanoke Civic Orchestra and attending numerous summer music camps. Upon entering Berklee College of Music in 1974 he made drumming and the goal of being a professional jazz drummer his dream.

His first major professional work was with The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, which he joined in 1978. After a year on the road Tim returned to Boston leading his own bands, finishing his Bachelors Degree in Performance @ Berklee, recording and performing with many artists including Miroslav Vitous, John Scofield, Jack Wilkins, Buddy Defranco and Bob Mover.

In 1980 following his six years in Boston he moved to New York City and for 26 years has offered his experience, knowledge and skills as one of New York's in demand jazz drummers and has traveled extensively in the US, Europe, the Balkans, Asia, North and South America with some of the world's greatest jazz talents, performing concerts, clubs, recordings, teaching and master classes. Some of the artists he has worked with include: Warne Marsh, Hank Jones, Helen Merrill, Ernestine Anderson, George Mraz, Miroslav Vitous, Clifford Jordan, Pepper Adams, Richie Cole, Joe Locke, Ed Howard, Frank Kimbrough, Ted Nash, Ben Allison, The Jazz Composers Collective, Wynton Marsalis, The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Mark Murphy, Joe Williams, Carol Sloane, Roseanna Vitro, Dena Derose, Sarah James, Bill Mays, Bob Kindred/Ann Phillips & The Jazz Nativity, The MaryAnn McSweeney Quintet, The Mike Fahn Band, Vic Juris, Dave Liebman, Billy Drewes, Dick Oatts, Corey Christiansen, The Stryker/Slagle Band, John Hart Trio, The Rufus Reid Quintet and Linear Surroundings, John Dimartino, Bill Gerheardt & Cotangent, Mark Sherman, Marc Mommaas, Alan Farnham, and Tomoko Ohno.

In 2004 Tim traveled through 5 Balkan countries in Eastern Europe, Turkey and Cyprus representing the U.S. State Department as a member of “The Jazz Ambassadors”, an ambassador of cultural exchange with the Roseanna Vitro Quartet.

For The past three years he has been a regular substitute with The Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra @ NY’s Village Vanguard as well as traveling to Europe and other local New York area venues.

Tim is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston Mass.

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Album Review

Ann Hampton Callaway: Fever: A Peggy Lee Celebration

Read "Fever: A Peggy Lee Celebration" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

Peggy Lee was a remarkable singer and songwriter, but to some listeners, deeply enigmatic. Her time, often well behind the beat, conveyed a subtle sense of irony. “Are you getting this?" she sometimes seemed to say, “or am I going too fast for you?" She could be exuberant and world weary almost in the same breath. It was seemingly up to the audience to decipher her meaning. Lee could convey expectation and experience simultaneously, as in her version of “Folks ...

Album Review

Paul Jost: While We Were Gone

Read "While We Were Gone" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

According to Francis Bacon, some books are to be tasted and others to be swallowed whole. Likewise with recordings. Some are to be sampled. Others are to be thoroughly assimilated. Where the listener lands with Paul Jost will depend on a host of things. Are you political? If so, are you progressive? Then by all means, this recording is for you. Jost's soliloquy, “January 6th: An Appeal for Reason" will no doubt be convincing. If your politics are ...

Live Review

Tim Horner Octet: Teaneck, New Jersey, January 7, 2012

Read "Tim Horner Octet: Teaneck, New Jersey, January 7, 2012" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Tim Horner OctetPuffin Cultural ForumTeaneck, NJJanuary 7, 2012 Tim Horner's one night gig at the Puffin Cultural Forum was accompanied by an unusually high set of expectations. In September of last year, Miles High Records released The Places We Feel Free, Horner's impressive maiden voyage as a leader in a career spanning three decades and over two hundred records as a sideman. Places adroitly maneuvers through the sprawling jazz mainstream without evincing any particular ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Fever: A Peggy Lee...

Palmetto Records


Love In The City

Nana Notes Records


While We Were Gone

Paul Jost Music


Jazz Goes to The...

Shanachie Records


Black Coffee

From: Fever: A Peggy Lee Celebration
By Tim Horner

Afro Blue / Afro-Centric

From: Love In The City
By Tim Horner

The Dance

From: The Head of the Circle
By Tim Horner


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