Tim Sullivan began his studies in music growing up on the Upper West Side -- of Wisconsin. By his senior year at Eau Claire Memorial High School, he had played in the Wisconsin All-State Honors Jazz Ensemble and received recognition at jazz festivals around the country, including winning an outstanding soloist award at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Festival in New York City, presented to Tim by Wynton Marsalis. |
Following high school, he enrolled at the Chicago College of Performing Arts in jazz performance. Both in and out of school, he closely apprenticed his musical mentor, Chicago saxophone stalwart Mike Smith, who contributed greatly to immersing Tim into the professional music industry.
In Chicago, Tim was fortunate to work with a diverse scope of artists including: Aretha Franklin; NEA Jazz Masters Curtis Fuller, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Dave Liebman; the Cab Calloway Orchestra; The Official Blues Brothers Revival Show co-produced by Dan Aykroyd and Judy Belushi; the live DVD taping of Umphrey’s McGee: Wrapped Around Chicago – New Years at the Riv; and many more.
After graduating with honors from CCPA (B.M.), he moved to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Graduating Summa Cum Laude in jazz performance from the University of New Orleans (M.M.), he quickly became a sought after player and educator in the city.
In New Orleans, Tim had the great fortune to play with NEA Jazz Masters Ellis, Delfeayo, and Jason Marsalis; Irma Thomas; George Porter Jr.; Deb and Johnny Vidacovich; Stanton Moore; Simon Lott; Herlin Riley; Alfred ’Uganda’ Roberts; Bill Summers; Henry Butler; Brian Coogan; Matt Perrine; Steve and Sasha Masakowski; Brian Seeger; the Treme Brass Band; Trombone Shorty; Irvin Mayfield; the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s Kirk Joseph, Roger Lewis, and Terrence Higgins; and many more.
Tim has performed, recorded, toured, and taught extensively throughout the U.S. and overseas, having freelanced with a wide array of artists including: NEA Jazz Masters Clark Terry, Candido Camero, Jimmy Cobb, and Paquito D’Rivera; Fred Wesley; Matt Wilson; Ron Miles; Roy Hargrove; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra members Joe Temperley, Marcus Printup, Vincent Gardner, Victor Goines, and Paul Nedzela; Bjorkestra; St. Lucia; Eric Krasno; Chali 2na; Robert Walter; the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra; Winard Harper; Sue Mingus with members of the Mingus Big Band including Frank Kumba Lacy, Wayne Escoffery, Boris Koslov, Donald Edwards; and many more.
Based in New York City since 2009, "Mr. Tim" currently helps facilitate Jazz at Lincoln Center’s WeBop! program for early childhood families, as well as being a teaching artist for the Middle School Jazz Academy and Jazz for Young People programs. Tim is also a curriculum writer for the education department at the Apollo Theater; Adjunct Professor of Music at Long Island University; and recently earned a second masters degree in Music Education (Ed.M.) from Columbia University’s Teachers College, having served the position of Community Music Fellow, in which Tim taught, researched, and served the musical communities of TC, Harlem, and beyond.