July 25, 2010, 7:00 - 8:30 pm (Seating at 6:30 pm)

Tribute to Bobby Timmons

Tickets: $10 (cash or check) at the door only!

Center for Spiritual Living in Santa Fe
Bobby Timmons

Bobby Timmons was born in Philadelphia in 1935 and was raised by his grandfather, a minister. Playing the organ in his grandfather's church as a child, Timmons was immersed in the gospel sound that would later influence his jazz playing and compositions. After a period of freelance work with a number of jazz greats including Kenny Dorham and Chet Baker, Timmons joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, playing with this group in 1958-59 and again in 1960-61. His first recording with the Jazz Messengers featured his most famous work, "Moanin'." In the brief gap between his stints with Blakey, he performed with Cannonball Adderley's group, with whom he recorded his two other most well-known pieces, "This Here" and "Dat Dere." In 1961 Timmons went out on his own and recorded a series of albums under his own name featuring many new original compositions. Sadly, Timmons died in 1974, still two years shy of his 40th birthday.

While the three works mentioned above have become jazz standards, Timmons' vast output since 1961 has been largely neglected by musicians as well as the public. In addition to his great compositions, Timmons' gospel-tinged piano style, in which one can also hear the influence of Bud Powell, is often overlooked. The Tribute Trio is thrilled to be able to play this fantastic music and bring it to a new audience.