all 2014


Just a little update on what’s been happening in my musical life since school started.
The Septet headed down to David Lange studio near Tacoma WA and recorded a little 4-song EP
20141026_120332[1]. We were fortunate to have Isabella Du Graf join us on vocals. The material is all my arrangements of various songs for 4 horns, vocals, bass, drums, and keys. The personnel on this recording includes.

Samantha Boshnack (Tr) Cynthis Mullis (A) Tobi Stone (Tn) Andrew Coulter (Tb) Dan Taylor (P) and Jeff Busch, who played drums, and made jokes.

In addition to working on these arrangements this fall, I have also been creating new charts for the HNA Jazz band, which has more than doubled in size since I started directing it 2 years ago. We have a few gigs around Seattle this spring, I am very excited to get this band playing out.

While those are my two main projects at the moment, I have also had the chance to work with Groove for Thought, Jovino Santos-Neto, Terrence Brewer, Ben Thomas, Chicharra Tango, Brazil Novo, Erectet, Johnny and the Moles, Haley Freedlund, and other awesome local artists and bands over the last few months.

I continue to teach Jazz Theory at Cornish College of the Arts and am happy to note that I have been working with Jim Knapp to edit and revise the 2nd year Theory text going forward. I am excited about the process of working with Jim and look forward to the next draft of one of my favorite books. I will also be adding an ear training class to my schedule at Cornish this Spring, I’ve been wanting to teach that subject for a long time and am super excited.

That’s about it since September. I should also mention how incredible of a time I had at Jazz Camp West in June. If you ever have the opportunity to go, I would highly recommend it. This year I was fortunate to go as faculty, but either way, it’s worth the money.

Thanks for reading this short update, and be sure to check me out out facebook for upcoming performances.

– Tim

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String Project Completed!


On April 26th 2014, Will Smith, Brendan O’Donnell, Tim Kennedy, and I entered AVAST recording with the goal of finishing my composition demo. It was a long and trying day, but we made it, and what we got is pretty epic.


Feel free to have a listen, and if you would like to own this music, follow this link for a free download…

Thanks, I’ll be sure to update with any scheduled performances in the near future.

Take Care,

– Tim

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Hardcoretet has officially finished our 3rd full length album. We celebrated on April 8th at the Tractor Tavern with one of the best bands on the jazz fusion scene right now, Kneebody. It was a great night and also a great way to send our sax player Art Brown on a month long trip down to New Orleans Jazz Fest with the Polyrhythmics. Looking forward to playing with these guys again over the summer.


Kneebody (left) Hardcoretet (right)


Septet of Darkness has been working hard preparing to record our first full length album. We had a great session at jack straw studio back in January, which will air on KEXP’s Sonarchy radio podcast May 18th. Looking forward to more performances with this group.

Septet of Darkness has been known to include… Samantha Boshnack, Steve O’Brien (Trp); Cynthia Mullis, Peter Daniel (Alto); Tobi Stone, Brian Bermudez (Tnr); Nathan Vetter, Andrew Coulter (Trb); Dan Taylor, Tim Kennedy, Ben Thomas (keys/vibes); Jeff Busch (drms) and me, Tim Carey on Bass and composition.


Samantha Boshnack, Brian Bermudez, Cynthia Mullis, Nathan Vetter, Dan Taylor, Me, Jeff Busch (not pictured)

I have also had the good fortune of being able to record some of my music for string orchestra this year. In March of 2013 I started writing a five movement suite for string orchestra. I completed it in August and premiered it September 8th 2013 at Cafe Racer in Seattle. After a bit of revision, a lot of emails, and the help of some wonderful people, I was able to record it at Holy Names Academy on March 22nd.


Tim Kennedy, Alex Guy, Paris Hurley, Will Smith, Julian Smedley, Sierra Glessner, Brianna Atwell, Maria Scherer-Wilson, Chris Symer, Me, Taryn Webber (Not Pictured)

With the help of engineers Will Smith and Taryn Webber, the session went smoothly. Will and I will be mixing at Avast recording on April 26th. This music should be available quite soon. I do not plan on releasing it outside of friends and family until a recording with a larger group can be made, but it will be online and I’ll make a few CD’s to hand out at shows, etc…

Zubatto Syndicate just finished recording our 2nd full length record at Avast recording. I’ve been playing with Zubatto for a number of years and I have to say, this band is killer. It’s a rock big band with saxes, brass, oboe, basson, clarinet, and great writing. It is lead by composer/guitarist Andrew Boscardin, a great dude all around. Be sure to keep an ear out or for this group in the coming months.


Zubatto Syndicate

In addition to these fun things I have also been playing with a new group (for me) called Groove for Thought, which is a total throwback to my vocal jazz days. Check out their music, 7 vocalists and a swinging trio, great stuff. Also on the horizon are shows with Jovino Santos-Neto, Peter Daniel, and Joe Montgomery.

On the teaching front, Cornish is about to wrap up for the year, HNA jazz band has 2 more concerts on the calendar, and private students are preparing to move their lessons as early as possible for the summer. I’ve got Jazz Camp West coming up in June, one of my favorite weeks of the year, as well as the O’Dea high school jazz camp the week before and the Cornish College Summer Jazz workshop the week after. If you know of any students who might be interested, the O’Dea camp is for 7-9th graders and the Cornish workshop is 7th and older depending on experience (there is a more advanced workshop as well).

Thanks for reading, take care.

– Tim




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New recordings

Hardcoretet has A new Album coming out in April. You can listen to a few tracks here.

Also, my new band Septet of Darkness just recorded a live show, which can be heard here.

Have a good one!

– Tim

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New Press and Radio for “Room 114”

Since releasing my new album “Room 114” I have been fortunate enough to receive a bit of attention from various writers and radio stations around the US, Canada, and Australia. This is in large part due to the hard work of Kari Gaffney who is handling all of the mailings, and promotion outside of Seattle.

  Some of the highlights are included in my EPK

I’m also happy to announce that “Rom 114” debuted at #37 on this weeks CMJ Jazz charts, tracking college radio and NPR playlists around the world. Stay tuned for more info as it comes in and add me on facebook if you would like to know where I’m playing in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by…..

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My first Record is finally out!

Go to my bandcamp page to buy a copy and listen for free.

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