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Tim Ries

A versatile and thoughtful saxophonist and composer, Tim Ries has collaborated with such jazz artists as Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Al Foster, John Patitucci, Dave Liebman, Danilo Perez, Maynard Ferguson, Red Garland, Badal Roy, Maria Schneider and Donald Byrd. A Verve release with The Joe Henderson Big Band won a Grammy Award. Having just returned from a second world tour with the Rolling Stones playing saxophone, keyboard and organ, his other recording and performance credits include work with such diverse talents as Donald Fagen, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Stevie Wonder, Incognito, Blood Sweat & Tears, Bob Belden and David Lee Roth.

Having already released five original jazz compact discs, Tim now will channel his energy into creating interpretations of rock and roll standards. The music of Jagger and Richards, Tim’s recent employers, serves as the inspiration for his most recent recording project, soon to be completed.

Tim has written over one hundred compositions in both the jazz and classical idioms. This fusion of styles is evident in his work with PRISM, a saxophone quartet which presents a diverse repertoire in both acoustic and electronic environments. Prism performed William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso with 13 orchestras, including Detroit, Dallas and Cleveland. Tim also performed the American premiere of Takashi Yoshimatsu’s Cyberbird Concerto with the Brooklyn Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall.A graduate of the University of North Texas and the University of Michigan, Tim has served on the faculties of The New School, City College of New York and the Mannes College of Music. Tim is currently teaching saxophone and jazz combo at Rutgers and New Jersey City University. He frequently travels to other universities, jazz festivals and clinics as a teacher of saxophone, composition and improvisation. Tim uses Selmer saxophones exclusively, Francois Louis mouthpieces and Rico Reeds.

Gear

Soprano Saxophone
Selmer Mark VI, 160xxx
Francois Louis - Wooden & Silver
Rico Grand Concert

Alto Saxophone
Selmer Mark VI, 110xxx
Francois Louis - Silver
Rico Jazz Select

Tenor Saxophone
Super Balanced Action, 49xxxx
Selmer Mark VI, 222xxx
Francois Louis - Wooden & Silver
Rico Jazz Select

Baritone Saxophone
Selmer Mark VI, 88xxx
Francois Louis - Wooden & Silver
Rico Jazz Select

Clarinet
Buffet R13

Flute
Haynes

Keyboard
Korg


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New York @ Night

Tim Ries With Randy Brecker at Drom

Read "Tim Ries With Randy Brecker at Drom" reviewed by Peter Jurew


Tim Ries with Randy BreckerDromNew York, NYJune 21, 2017 Saxophonist Tim Ries has made a name for himself internationally as a jazz educator and composer, leader and sideman. A master of tenor and soprano saxophones, since 2007, he's also known for playing in the Rolling Stones's horn section on several world tours. Those side gigs led to two well-received albums of Ries- arranged Stones material performed by jazz ensembles that have included Mick Jagger, Keith ...

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Album Review

Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra: Quake

Read "Quake" reviewed by Elliott Simon


Duke Ellington's legacy is alive and well with pianist Mike Holober and The Gotham Jazz Orchestra. Holober makes use of the increased musical scope that 17 pieces give him to weave compositional strength within a sound that sways more than swings. Some of the finest jazzers New York City has to offer join Holober for this session. Their individual talents are certainly showcased but the strength of this release is how Holober fits them all together to ...

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Album Review

Tim Ries: Stones World: Rolling Stones Project II

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Jazz saxophonist Tim Ries presents a global travelogue of The Rolling Stones' classics. A continuation from 2005's The Rolling Stones Project (Concord Music Group, 2005), the two CD release, Stones World now crosses international borders (Africa, Brazil, India, Japan, New York, Portugal, and other locales) with the cooperation of indigenous musicians who share an appreciation for the iconic British rock group.

These re-Stoned gems are truly eclectic. The Stones's essence is faithfully retained within the varied cultural signature--the ...

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Album Review

Mike Holober: Wish List

Read "Wish List" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Wish List is pianist/composer/bandleader Mike Holober's third album, in addition to appearances in the piano chair for the Pete McGuiness Jazz Orchestra, the Jason Rigby Quartet, the Pete McCann Quintet and the Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra. Holober is a New York-based pianist who previously had worked with Nick Brignola's group and whose style has been influenced by such modal pianists as Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock.His first album, Canyon (Sons of Sound, 2003), was produced by another modal ...

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Mike Holober: Wish List

Read "Wish List" reviewed by David Miller


The great thing about jazz is that you may think you know a lot about a lot, but in reality you don't know jack. It seems every time I pop in a new record, I learn about a new artist I've never heard before. In listening to Mike Holober's Wish List, I was lucky enough to learn about three: Holober, Tim Ries, and Wolfgang Muthspiel. Wish List is simple enough. It's a straight-ahead recording, with a track ...

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Tim Ries: The Rolling Stones Project

Read "The Rolling Stones Project" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Although purists might hate to admit it, popular music has always provided fodder for jazz interpretations, ever since the '40s and the Tin Pan Alley favorites that supplied chord structures for the mercurial flights of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Since then, pop hits from the Beatles to Radiohead have become part of the jazz vernacular. Oddly enough, the music of the Rolling Stones has not provided a trove of exploration for jazzers outside of a '60s take on “(I ...

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Interview

Tim Ries: It's Only Rock n' Roll, But He Likes It

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Saxophonist Tim Ries knows what its like to play with a big band. His first gig out of college was with Maynard Ferguson. More recently, he's been a part of Maria Schneider's critically acclaimed orchestra, including the recording of the multiple award-winning Concert in the Garden. But the big band he's with now has nothing to do with an orchestra or the number of members in the aggregation.

The “big" in this gig is two-syllable big. Bih-Igg.

Ries is out ...

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Recording

Tim Ries Quintet - Live at Smalls (Smalls Live, 2011)

Tim Ries Quintet - Live at Smalls (Smalls Live, 2011)

Source: Music and More by Tim Niland

Tim Ries is most well known for playing saxophone with the Rolling Stones, but as this live set from the New York City jazz club Smalls shows, he's an accomplished jazz musician as well. On this album he plays soprano and saxophone joined by Chris Potter on tenor saxophone, Kalman Olah on piano and Billy Drummond on drums. “Last Kabbalist of Lisbon" opens with a bass solo, with the band slowly building in and ramping up the pace. Ries builds ...

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Performance / Tour

Tim Ries & the Rolling Stones Project at Regatta Bar (Boston) on July 31st

Tim Ries & the Rolling Stones Project at Regatta Bar (Boston) on July 31st

Source: All About Jazz

Tim Ries & The Rolling Stones Project July 31st, 7:30pm, Two sets Regatta Bar at the Charles Hotel One Bennett Street Cambridge, MA 02138 Boston, MA 617-395-7757 Featuring: Jay Azzolina - Guitar, Andy Eulau - Bass, Bernard Fowler - Vocals, Magos Herrera - Vocals, Alex Kautz - Drums, Ron Oswanski - Organ, Piano, & Accordion. August 1st, 8PM Start Stepping Stone Waterside Theatre 38 Stepping Stone ...

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Performance / Tour

Texas Instruments Jazz Band Concert with Special Guest Saxophonist Tim Ries in Plano (TX) on March 27th

Texas Instruments Jazz Band Concert with Special Guest Saxophonist Tim Ries in Plano (TX) on March 27th

Source: All About Jazz

TI Jazz Band Concert with Special Guest, Saxophonist Tim Ries Friday, March 27th at 8pm John Anthony Theater Collin County Community College 2800 E Spring Creek Pkwy Plano, TX 75074 972.881.5790 Tickets: $8 at the door TI Jazz Band Contact: 214-567-7311 About Tim Reis A versatile and thoughtful saxophonist and composer, Tim Ries has collaborated with such jazz artists as Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Al Foster, John Patitucci, ...

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Performance / Tour

Tim Ries & the Rolling Stones Project - Live Michigan & Chicago Dec 27th & 28th

Tim Ries & the Rolling Stones Project - Live Michigan & Chicago Dec 27th & 28th

Source: All About Jazz

A versatile and thoughtful saxophonist and composer, Tim Ries has collaborated with such jazz artists as Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Al Foster, John Patitucci, Dave Liebman, Danilo Perez, Maynard Ferguson, Red Garland, Badal Roy, Maria Schneider and Donald Byrd. A Verve release with The Joe Henderson Big Band won a Grammy Award. Having just returned from a second world tour with the Rolling Stones playing saxophone, keyboard and organ, his other recording and performance credits include work with such diverse ...

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Recording

Award-Winning Jazz Saxophonist Tim Ries Releases "Stones World: The Rolling Stones Project II"

Award-Winning Jazz Saxophonist Tim Ries Releases "Stones World: The Rolling Stones Project II"

Source: AMT Public Relations

Saxophonist/composer Tim Ries an extraordinary jazz musician and member of the Rolling Stones touring band since 1999 translates the Stones immortal songbook into uncharted jazz-influenced, world music territories in Stones World: The Rolling Stones Project II (release date 10/21/08). Born from Ries world tours with the band, the album is a two-CD, 13-track organic exploration of the worlds musical melting pot that unites an impressive roster of international musicians performing jazz rearrangements of the Stones classics. Led by Ries on ...

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Event

Tim Ries' Rolling Stones Project in Pittsburgh - April 13-14

Tim Ries' Rolling Stones Project in Pittsburgh - April 13-14

Source: All About Jazz

The Rolling Stones and Jazz music aren't two terms one usually expects to see in the same sentence. But Tim Ries does more than introduce audiences to the idea of rock and jazz mingling: he showcases his talent at melding the two in new and interesting ways, proving that good music always makes boundary lines irrelevant. Having just returned from a second world tour with the Rolling Stones playing saxophone, keyboard and organ, his other recording and performance credits include ...

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Recording

Tim Ries & Famous Friends Jazz Up Hits on "The Rolling Stones Project"

Tim Ries & Famous Friends Jazz Up Hits on "The Rolling Stones Project"

Source: All About Jazz

Stones Members Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ron Wood Lend Support to New Recording

In Stores August 9, CD Also Features Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Brian Blade, Bill Frisell, John Patitucci, John Scofield, & Luciana Souza, Among Others

“I thought what Tim recorded was amazing, and I'm sort of jealous of him. When we wrote those songs, there was a lot of pressure on us to keep them as short as possible for the singles market. With what Tim does, ...

"Among jazz musicians, the saxophonist Tim Ries is known as a singular talent, a player’s player." --New York Times

"I thought what Tim recorded was amazing. The playing is beautiful, too - Tim always has such a beautiful sound." --Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards

"Ries brings a keen intellect to the bandstand..." --Detroit Free Press

"In Tim’s playing there is the strong passion and searching quality which for me must be present in really great, spontaneous jazz." --Dave Liebman

"relaxed mastery of improvisation on advanced harmonic material" --Jazz Times

"A saxophonist on the way to his own voice with touches of Trane and Joe Henderson" --Stereophile

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Quake

Sunnyside Records
2009

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Stones World: Rolling...

Sunnyside Records
2008

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Wish List

Sons of Sound
2006

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The Rolling Stones...

Concord Music Group
2005

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