Tim Collins

Tim Collins has been described as a “musician with fire” by the Washington Post, “nothing less that exemplary” by Downbeat Magazine, and a “world-class vibes player (CJSR FM) and “a distinct vibraphone voiceā€¯ (Radio One FM). His original music was described as “thoughtful and probing” (Downbeat), “universal, vibrant” (CJSR-FM), and “stunningly sophisticated jazz” by PBS Australia. His music has been compared to Steve Reich, Milt Jack, Tortoise and even the Beatles. His 2007 debut album, “Valcour”, was released by Arabesque Jazz. It features trumpeter Ingrid Jensen as well as pianist Aaron Parks. Writers and radio DJs alike have compared Tim’s playing with Bobby Hutcherson and Milt Jackson. “Valcour” was released on Arabesque Jazz in 2007. It features Ingrid Jensen as trumpeter and Aaron Parks as pianist. “Fade,” which he released on Ropeadope digital in 2008, was produced by Charlie Hunter, who is also a guitarist. Downbeat gave it a rating of 4 stars for its unusual sounds, such as “electravibes”, which combines a string quartet with an electric bass. It was called ‘Post-Jazz” by Jazzwise in the UK. JazzTimes declared that “the man can shred,” while Blogcritics.org wrote, “Collins music doesn’t behave.” It challenges the stereotypes about what vibraphones can do. It all makes perfect sense. Tim is also involved in music education. He has been teaching privately for ten year and has also taught at the University of New Orleans and Manhattan School of Music. Ithaca College and Cornell University, Virginia Commonwealth University, La Escuelita de Musica Cordoba University, University of Vermont and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts have all hosted clinics. from www.timcollinsmusic.com

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