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Tim Jago

Australian guitarist/composer/educator Tim Jago began performing in jazz ensembles at the age of 21. He completed a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and was awarded the Melville Toyota Scholarship for the most outstanding final year jazz student (2006). The following year he became an adjunct guitar tutor at the same institution. Also in 2007, Tim was selected as a finalist in the National Jazz Awards to perform at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival. In 2010 he was a selected candidate for the Freedman Fellowship in Australia.

Tim relocated to the United States in August 2010 to undertake the Master of Music program in Studio Music and Jazz with a major in jazz guitar performance at The University of Miami Frost School of Music. There he held a Teaching Assistant (T.A.) position for the duration of his Masters and graduated in 2012. Tim continued in the T.A. position, returning to The University of Miami to complete the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in May 2015.

Throughout his musical career Tim has performed/recorded extensively across Australia and The United States. He has led and co-led groups at jazz festivals including The York Jazz and Soul Festival in Western Australia (2008, 2009), The Perth International Jazz Festival (2013, 2014), and The Melbourne International Jazz Festival (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015). Most recently he was announced as a semi finalist in the inaugural Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar Competition (2015).

Tim has released three albums - 'The Grid' (2010), 'Wear More Headbands' (2013), and 'The Grid III (featuring four)' (2015) with his trio, The Grid. He has recorded in the U.S. as a member of many bands, including Troy Roberts' Nu-Jive, 'Nu-Jive 5' (2013).


Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (2007-2010) - Adjunct private guitar tuition for undergraduate jazz and contemporary guitar students. University of Miami, Frost School of Music (2010-2015) - Teaching Assistant Private guitar tuition for undergraduate jazz majors and principles. Specialist jazz style ensemble coach. Experiential jazz ensemble coach. Guitar ensemble coach.


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Nu-Jive: Live at the...

Toy Robot Music


NU-JIVE: Nations...

Toy Robot Music



Sony Music


Best Buddies

Toy Robot Music


Nu-Jive Perspective

Inner Circle Music


The Grid III...

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