“A powerful voice has arrived on the jazz scene, and he’s a bad dude.” –Jimmy Heath
Called “an old spirit in a young man’s body,” Jazz saxophonist, educator, composer and arranger Tim Mayer has dedicated his life’s work to mastering the language of Jazz as a saxophonist. This becomes evident upon hearing him, and is why he is in demand in a variety of musical settings.
Tim’s exposure to music began at age 4, when he learned to work his parents’ record player. His favorite records were by Wes Montgomery, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, and Martin Denny. He started playing saxophone when he was ten, and began learning jazz at Florida State University’s Summer Music Camp in 1980, where he found himself studying with many young and talented musicians including Marcus Roberts. In December of 1990, Tim began what was to be a three-year stint working aboard the cruise ships. This provided him with the opportunity to study a variety of styles and play in big bands that accompanied entertainers Al Martino, Vic Damone, Diahann Carrol, Bobby Rydell, Connie Stevens, Jack Jones, and many others.