Tim Garland

Tim Garland
Throughout an international career starting in the late 1980’s, Grammy-winning saxophonist Tim Garland has become known as a unique polymath in the UK’s music scene.

His first break as a saxophonist was joining Ronnie Scott's band at age 23. Later he was to join Chick Corea as a regular member of several globe-trotting projects over a seventeen-year period including The Vigil. Playing tenor and soprano saxes, bass clarinet, and flute, he also won a Grammy for his symphonic orchestrations on Corea’s “The New Crystal Silence” album from 2007.

Garland has fulfilled commissions from several of the world's top orchestras, including a double concerto from the LSO, a piano concerto for Gwilym Simcock from The Royal Northern Sinfonia, with whom he went on to record three CDs, a cello and sax concerto from the CBSO, and a sax concerto from the BBC Concert Orchestra.

His concert works continue to celebrate the fertile ground between modern composition and jazz. His creative arranging skills have won much praise from such diverse artists as Jean Luc Ponty, John Patitucci, The Royal Holloway and Westminster Choirs, the Catalan National Cobla Group, the LPO, the London Session Orchestra, NYJO as well as Chick Corea.

His work is often inspired by, but not limited to, the jazz idiom, whilst his celebrated virtuosity as a saxophonist maintains his position as one of the UK’s most unique and authentic jazz voices. In 2016 he premiered “Re: Focus” (a reimagining of the Getz /Sauter project of 1962 ‘Focus’) to a full house at London’s Wigmore Hall, which in 2020 has been released for public purchase. “Luca’s Winter”, a 100-minute work for big band, was performed at Manchester’s Royal Northern College Of Music (where he held an international post as a research fellow) in which he acted as conductor and narrator.

As a band leader and co-leader, he is responsible for much of the output of the groups; Lammas, The Underground Orchestra, Storms / Nocturnes (feat. Joe Locke and Geoffrey Keezer), Acoustic Triangle, the last few years of Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, and Lighthouse, (feat; Gwilym Simcock and Asaf Sirkis).

He has won awards and nominations from The Parliamentary Jazz Awards, The Worshipful Company Of Musicians, BASCA’s British Composer Awards, and won CD of the year in 2016 from Jazzwise for his album ONE.

“Few world-class jazz improvisers are comparably imaginative composers, but the British reeds player Tim Garland is that rarity.” The Guardian

“There is no one who can more convincingly unite the jazz and European classical music idioms.“ The Observer


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  • Grammy Winner for orchestrating Chick Corea’s album with Gary Burton "The New Crystal Silence"
  • Jazzwise Album of the Year - Awarded for "One" (2016)
  • Artist of the Year - Parliamentary Jazz Awards
  • Ivors Jazz Panel - Member & Judge
  • BBC Radio 3 Innovation Award - Awarded for album "If The Sea Replied"
  • Composition Award - Paul Hamlyn Foundation (2021)
  • BBC Young Musician Judge - 3 times, including televised appearance
  • Multiple 5 Star Albums - From internationally recognised publications
  • Audio Network Founding Member - Over 500 published tracks
  • Visiting Professor - 25 Years at Royal Academy of Music
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