MUSIC - Tim Warfield - Saxophonist, band leader & educator


Tim is a native of York, Pennsylvania. He has played the alto saxophone since the age of nine. He began play the tenor saxophone when he began attending High School. While in high school, Tim played in a number of musical ensembles, while receiving a number of awards for his solo performances. After high school, he attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. for a period of time before becoming a band leader.

Since embarking on his career, he has performed with CBS/Sony recording artist Marlon Jordan's Quintet, Jazz Futures (a world touring group), on the Today Show, Bill Cosby’s You Bet Your Life (as a member of the house band), and at Ted Turner's 1998 Trumpet Awards. He has shared the stage with "such names as Donald Byrd, Michelle Rosewoman, Marcus Miller, Marlon Jordan, James Williams, Christian McBride, The Harper Brothers, Dizzy Gillespie, Isaac Hayes, Shirley Scott, Jimmy Smith, Nicholas Payton, Charles Fambrough, Eric Reed, Carl Allen, Terell Stafford, Stefon Harris, Orrin Evans, The Newport Millennium All Stars, "Papa" John Defrancesco, Joey Defrancesco, Claudio Raggazzi, Danilo Perez, and others. In 1994, he joined bassist and Verve recording artist Christian McBride’s group, where he remained a member until 1999."

In 1995, Tim recorded his first album " Cool Blue," which was chosen as one of the top 10 recordings of the year. In 1998, he recorded "Gentle Warrior, which featured Cyrus Chestnut, Tarus Mateen, Clarence Penn, Terell Stafford, and Nicholas Payton. "In 1999, he was awarded "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" in DownBeat Magazine’s 49th Annual Jazz Critic’s poll. In 2000, alongside crooner Loston Harris, Warfield performed at the MTV GQ Men of the Year Awards in New York City."

Tim has toured and recorded with the afore mentioned trumpeter Nicholas Payton. As well as with trumpeter and Maxjazz recording artist Terell Stafford's Quintet. He has served "as a board member for the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz as well as an artist-in-residence at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa."

In 2012, Tim released " Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas." Edward Blanco, at All About Jazz says, "Performing a selection of familiar songs with a heavy contemporary flavor, the music is so straight-ahead in nature that such seasonal tunes like "Let It Snow," "Joy To The World," and "Silent Night," are almost unrecognizable as Christmas music and could easily be part of any playlist throughout the year."

" Eye of the Beholder," (2013), " Inspire Me" (2013), " Spherical - Dedicated To Thelonious Sphere Monk" (2015) and "Jazzland" (2018) Tim's latest album.

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Album Release Date:
October 23, 2013
Artist: Tim Warfield
Label: Herb Harris Music CO

I'm happy to announce the release of a new album from jazz saxophonist Tim Warfield. It's called "Inspire Me!", and is the first of a series of recordings to be dubbed " Jazzmasters Unlimited". A master saxophonist with over 20 years of experience on the jazz scene, Tim has developed into the most individual saxophone stylists working today. With a smooth and unmistakable tone, Tim is equally adept at up-tempo burners, mid-tempo swing, crooning soft balladry, and stomping the blues. Tim has a string of 8 recordings as a leader. His 1995 debut "A Cool Blue" was selected as a top ten recording in a New York Times critics poll, as was his 1998 recording "Gentle Warrior" (featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Taurus Mateen, Clarence Penn, Terrell Stafford, and Nicholas Payton), proclaiming him "possibly the most powerful saxophonist of his generation". In 1999, he was awarded "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" in Downbeat Magazine's 49th Annual Critics Poll. Tim is a member of trumpeter and Maxjazz recording artist Terrell Stafford's qunintet and has performed with a who's who of modern jazz stars including Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, Orrin Evans, Shirley Scott, Eric Reed, and Stephon Harris.

This inaugural production of "Jazzmasters Unlimited serves as a showcase of Tim''s improvisational abilities. It's an attempt to capture one of the brightest and most enduring voices to emerge from the Young Lions movement of the early 1990's in the regular working environment of the jazz musician-the recording studio-slightly different from and historically parallel to a musicians' live performance. This voice, by now, is a mature voice....similar to the voice I heard in jam sessions in the Washington DC area over 20 years ago, on two-tenor gigs in Baltimore, and quite notably on the "Tough Young Tenor album on Antilles Records in 1991. I shared the mic with Tim on his arrangement of "Calvary" and was mighty impressed with his blowing on his feature on Hank Mobley's "The Breakthrough". Tim Warfield's voice, since that time, and even now, has thrilled fans of jazz everywhere! ~ Herb Harris Music CO


Tim Warfield - Jazzland (2018)

"His new album, Jazzland, uses the same configuration of his 2013 release One for Shirley. Terell Stafford is on trumpet, Pat Bianchi on the Hammond B3 organ, Byron Landham is the drummer, and Daniel Sadownick handles percussion. These big names produce a big sound, which is expected of a Tim Warfield record, but with a lot of finesse. Bianchi’s versatility really shines through. He plays a supporting role in some of these arrangements, and easily becomes the star in others, especially the Warfield original "Shake It for Me." His style truly ties this album together. These big names produce a big sound, which is expected of a Tim Warfield record, but with a lot of finesse. Bianchi’s versatility really shines through. He plays a supporting role in some of these arrangements, and easily becomes the star in others, especially the Warfield original “Shake It for Me.” His style truly ties this album together." - Maureen Malloy - wtri 90.1

Tim Warfield - Spherical: Dedicated to Thelonious Sphere Monk (2015)

"On this most recent outing, Spherical, saxophonist Tim Warfield tackles music written and inspired by Monk. With seven previous releases on the Criss Cross label and multiple appearances as a sideman, Warfield returns to the label with a cast of familiar names for his dedication to Thelonious Sphere Monk. Joining Warfield on this album is trumpet legend Eddie Henderson, making his first re-appearance on the label since 1998. Ben Wolfe and Clarence Penn take the bass and drums chairs, respectively. The choice of pianist is obviously an important one on any work dedicated to Monk, and Warfield could not have filled the position with a better choice than Orrin Evans. Without ever sounding like he is trying to directly emulate Monk, Evans channels the spirit and humor of his idiosyncratic playing. "

Tim Warfield - One For Shirley (2008)

"'Saxophonist Tim Warfield's fifth CD as a leader on the Criss Cross label, his first in six years, is a diverse collection of original compositions, obscure and known jazz standards, a traditional gospel song, and a 60s pop hit. The music's common thread is that it was inspired by, performed by, or performed with the late organist/pianist Shirley Scott (1934-2002) one of Warfield's mentors on the Philadelphia jazz scene, a musician best known through her recordings with saxophonists Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Stanley Turrentine, her husband at the time, during the 50s and 60s."
- Greg Turner -

Tim Warfield - Gentle Warrior (2004)

"Only a thoroughly assured tenor player would lead off a set with a hokey ballad like "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," as Tim Warfield does on Gentle Warrior. It is something that only a handful of greats like Rollins and Gordon can do without risk. Warfield's nailing such a daring gambit on just his third outing as a leader shows how he has grown since first gaining notice on Tough Young Tenors, the '91 Antilles young lions showcase."
  - Bill Shoemaker - JazzTimes


Tim Warfield: York State of Mind (Excerpt: November 2008)

"York, Pennsylvania, isn’t most people’s idea of Jazz Central, but for saxophonist Tim Warfield it’s exactly that. “It’s a very healthy place to maintain a jazz career,” says the 43-year-old York native and resident. “I’m one hour from Baltimore; 90 minutes from Washington, D.C.; two hours from Philadelphia. Lancaster and Harrisburg, 30 minutes in either direction. So when I get a call from any of those places, I can make the gig easily, and the parameter for working ‘locally’ is much wider.”   Philadelphia has been Warfield’s primary focus since the early ’90s, when his father dared him to look for work in the big city. In answering that dare, Warfield met the late organist Shirley Scott, who became his friend and mentor—and to whom he pays tribute on his new CD One for Shirley (Criss Cross). The record, featuring organ by Pat Bianchi as well as Scott alumni Terell Stafford (trumpet) and Byron Landham (drums), is a surprising detour from Warfield’s primary classic hard-bop sound. But it’s not a mimicry of Scott’s soul-jazz, either: There’s no guitar, but a self-conscious darkness that would never fit with the organ legend’s party music"
  ~ Michael J. West - Jazz Times


Tim Warfield - Round Midnight

Tim Warfield - Lullaby For Nijee

Tim Warfield - Waltz For The Ordinary