Tim Armacost | The Velvet Note

Tim Armacost

Wednesday, October 23rd

Jazz Saxophonist Tim Armacost, with Special Guest Joe Gransden

tarmacost2007Tim Armacost has led a life of constat motion.  He has gathered knowledge and experience around the globe, which forms the foundation of his passionate brand of jazz.  After landing in New York in 1993, Armacost quickly established his presence as a leader, releasing his first two albums, “Fire” (concord) and “Live at Smalls” (Double Time) to critical acclaim. 

In his home base of New York, Armacost can be seen playing regularly with critically acclaimed pianist Bruce Barth, and bassist Ugonna Okegwo. In addition he has worked fairly frequently with legendary drummer and D.C. native, Billy Hart.

‘I went to Pomona College in southern California,’ Armacost recollects. ‘I never put down the sax, but especially when I was in college I was undecided as to whether or not I wanted to devote all my time to being a musician.’

After spending his junior year in Japan and getting over a desire to become a Buddhist monk, Armacost finished up college and promptly made the move to Europe. Amsterdam to be exact. In the seven years that followed he was able to build a musical resume gigging in that city and around Europe.

Seven years of practice later, he left Europe as a newly-wed and went to India, where his wife had received a grant to do research. By tagging along Armacost was introduced to a host of new influences and he began playing with native musicians sparking a love affair with Indian music.

Tickets:  $15.  Students with I.D. pay $7.  Showtimes:  7:30pm and 9:30pm

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