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About Tim Armacost

Growing up in Tokyo, Washington, and Los Angeles combined with Tim Armacost's lifetime of world traveling enhanced this multi-instrumentalist's absorption of cultural musics. Armacost started playing clarinet in Tokyo at age eight. By 16, he had moved to Washington and switched to playing tenor saxophone in big bands. At 18, he moved to L.A. and began developing his chops in numerous live settings with Bobby Bradford and Charlie Shoemake. Upon graduating magna cum laude from Ponoma College, he headed for Amsterdam and gigged consistently around Europe for seven years, teaching and recording. Continuing his travels, he moved to India and learned tabla and the tradition of Hindustani classical music, performing frequently with Indian jazz and classical musicians and playing Bombay's international jazz festival. In 1993, Armacost moved to New York, where he recorded his first session as a leader, Fire, on Concord. Live at Smalls was released next on Double Time, featuring trumpeter Tom Harrell. During this time, Armacost recorded and played with Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove, David Murray Big Band, Maria Schneider Orchestra, and Randy Brecker, amongst others. Other diverse Armacost recordings feature the intercontinental jazz trio, a cooperative group featuring Joris Teepe on bass and Shingo Okudaira on drums. In 2000, another straight-ahead jazz date, The Wishing Well, was released on Double Time. ~ Al Campbell