Portland saxophonist Tim Willcox was born in Eugene, OR. Taking up saxophone at the age of eleven, Tim quickly fell in love with jazz music. He was exposed to great jazz recordings by two very inspirational teachers, Carl Woideck and Joe ingram. Throughout high school, Willcox earned several national honors, winning A Downbeat Magazine award as well a being named a Presidential Scholar of the Arts in 1993. This honor was bestowed upon Tim at the White House by president Bill Clinton. Willcox was also the recepient of the Stan Getz / Clifford Brown fellowship, presented by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Moving to New Jersey in 1994 to attend internationally acclaimed William Paterson University, Willcox got the chance to study with jazz greats Kenny Burrell, Harold Mabern, Vic Juris, Rufus Reid, Steve Wilson, John Riley, as well as taking lessons outside of school from Rick Margitza, Lee Konitz, and the NY Phil’s David Demsey. After graduating in 1998, Willcox moved to New York City where he played with Marc Copland, Jeff Hirschfield, Vic Juris, Reid Anderson, Ben Monder, Matt Pennman, Scott Mclemore, John Herbert, Michael Kanan, and many other acclaimed musicians.
Since moving to Portland in 2002, Willcox has performed with David Friesen, Randy Porter, Alan Jones, Bobby Torres, George Mitchell, Gary Hobbs, Gary Versace, John Gross, PDXV, and Victor Noriega. Tim has recorded with Gino Vannelli, Randy Porter, Art Hirihara, Ingrid Jensen, Peter Erskine, Larry Grenadier, Marcus Reynolds + Farnell Newton, Bill Athens, Darek Oles, Chris Mosley, and a slew of others. He recently released his second album of original material on Ninjazz Records titled “Superjazzers Vol. 1”. (http://www.ninjazzrecords.com)
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Published: July 19, 2011
SuperJazzers: SuperJazzers: Vol. 1
A scenic and vibrant city nestled in a landscape of lush scenery, Portland, Oregon is not exactly known for its jazz scene. However, Superjazzers' Vol. 1 represents the city with a depth and refinement normally associated with the jazz greats in New York, as well as other major jazz towns.
Although group name implies a silly sense of sarcasm, don't be fooled. Instead, it belies an emotional depth, conveyed in the set's nine original compositions.
Superjazzers�"a saxophone/piano/bass/drums ensemble�"will appeal to fans of pianist Keith Jarrett's 1970s European Quartet. Tim Willcox's saxophone sings and, at times, broods passionately and inventively in the vein of Jan Garbarek, as well as modern master Rick Margitza,while pianist David Goldblatt carries shades of subtle piano icons such as Jarrett and Fred Hersch. Holding down the harmonic and rhythmic force of the group, bassist Bill Athens and drummer Charlie Doggett work together masterfully, to establish a lush and fluid backdrop that ebbs and flows flawlessly with the quartet's dramatic musical landscape.