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Tim Mayer Takes Us on a Musical Journey with 'Island Time'


Renowned saxophonist, composer, arranger, producer, and educator Tim Mayer is set to mesmerize the jazz world once again with his latest masterpiece, 'Island Time'.


The journey of jazz aficionado Tim Mayer commenced at an early age, as he discovered the world of music through his parents' record player at just four years old. Inspired by legends such as Wes Montgomery, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, and Martin Denny, Mayer's devotion to his craft became evident when he picked up the saxophone at the tender age of ten. His latest album, 'Island Time', is a testament to his growth and evolution as an artist. It showcases his prowess as a virtuoso saxophonist, coupled with an uncanny ability to craft complex, intricate, and infectious smooth jazz with a touch of funk.


Tim Mayer's musical odyssey soon unfolded into a remarkable tapestry of experiences. His immersive education at Florida State University's Summer Music Camp introduced him to a cohort of talented musicians, including luminaries like Marcus Roberts. His talent eventually led him to perform aboard cruise ships, where he honed his skills playing diverse styles alongside renowned entertainers.

Continuing his musical education at Berklee College of Music under the guidance of luminaries like Andy McGhee, George Garzone, and Bill Pierce solidified Mayer's position as a jazz force to be reckoned with. He embarked on a journey that took him to Spain's Canary Islands to perform and collaborate with the RG Jazz Orchestra and participated in Xalapa, Mexico's prestigious Seminar and Jazz Festival.


Mayer's reputation as a consummate performer was cemented through collaborations with luminaries like John Faddis, Bob Mintzer, Slide Hampton, and Arturo Sandoval. His contributions to groundbreaking ensembles like Waitiki earned him consecutive Hawaii Music Awards and a Grammy nomination for his electrifying Latin/Caribbean album with La Clave Secreta. Notably, he secured a Grammy win in 2023 for his participation in Natalia Lafourcade’s 'Un Canto Por México'.


In 2011, Tim Mayer stepped into the spotlight as a leader with the release of his debut album, 'Resilience'. This album garnered acclaim for its exploration of post-bop nuances and paved the way for Mayer to grace prestigious stages, sharing his talent with large ensemble settings and collaborations with acts like Don Tiki. His single 'For Miles' even reached number 3 on Apple Music, solidifying his status as a prominent figure in the jazz world.

With a career spanning decades and a musical journey that includes international acclaim and relentless exploration, Tim Mayer's 'Island Time' encapsulates the depth of his experiences and the maturity of his musical talents.


Tim Mayer's ability to transcend the boundaries of jazz and create a musical experience that resonates with listeners is what sets him apart. 'Island Time' is not just an album; it's a journey through Mayer's musical soul, and it's one that promises to leave a lasting impression on jazz lovers everywhere.


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