Come to hear Tim Whalen — an incredible musician!
In a very short time Tim Whalen has been blessed with opportunities to write and play with incredible musicians in the United States, Japan and Europe and in many different musical situations. He has written music for everything from jazz trios to orchestras. Tim is as versatile as they come. He has played with David “Fathead” Newman, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jon Hendricks, Vic Juris, Richard Davis, Dennis Irwin, Barry Ries, Clyde Stubblefield, Jackie Allen, Ben Sidran, Jorge Drexler and Marcus Belgrave.
Whalen is also held in high regard as a composer, arranger, and orchestrator. In 2005, he orchestrated the string arrangement for the Oscar-winning song “El Otro Lado del Rio” by Jorge Drexler from the film “The Motorcycle Diaries.” He has also written music for commercials, and his music for the DeJope Bingo ad campaign won an Addy award in Wisconsin. Versatility is so important these days, and Tim Whalen is equally at home writing music for an orchestra as he is writing for a jazz quintet. In March 2009, he premiered an orchestra commission for the Cobb Symphony in Atlanta where they played the music of “The Who” featuring a 5-piece rock band accompanied by a 60-piece orchestra.
Back in 1996, while still at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Whalen formed the funk / soul band Phat Phunktion. This amazing nine-piece band has shared the stage with some of the most legendary performers of our time including Chick Corea, Maceo Parker, Tower of Power, WAR, Taj Mahal, Rick James, The Brothers Johnson, and the “Original P” featuring original members of Parliament. Phat Phunktion is still going strong and it is about to emerge with its 4th album.
Not one to stand still musically, Whalen is also very busy with projects including the Tim Whalen Trio and the Tim Whalen Nonet. As musical director and chief composer and arranger, Tim has formed a hard-swinging, unique band that plays with the intricacy of a big band but maintains the freedom of a small group. From 2007 – 2010, Whalen was visiting assistant professor of Jazz Piano at the University of Toledo in Ohio, where he taught jazz improvisation, jazz composition and arranging, jazz history, and private lessons in jazz piano. He also co-directed the Jazz Vocalstra with the legendary jazz vocalist Jon Hendricks. He is currently an in-demand pianist and composer / arranger in the Washington DC area.
We are delighted to welcome him to our FIRST THURSDAYS schedule.
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