Tim Ries

Saxophonist, composer, arranger, producer and educator Tim Ries received degrees from both The University of North Texas (BM) and The University of Michigan (MM). He has had a unique and varied career, which began in 1983 with the great Maynard Ferguson. Tim moved to New York City in 1985 and since that time his performing and recording credits include a who’s who of jazz, rock, pop and world music icons: The Rolling Stones from 1999 to the present, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Donald Fagen, Michael Jackson, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Rod Stewart, Lyle Lovette, and jazz greats Red Garland, Donald Byrd, Hank Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Chico Hamilton, Michael Brecker, Joe Henderson, Tony Bennett, Louie Bellson, Dave Liebman, Al Foster, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Bela Szakcsi Lakatos and Maria Schneider. Tim was a member of the Prism Saxophone Quartet from 1993-2003. He has released 9 CDs as a leader. His last two discs, Tim Ries Quintet and Tim Ries Quintet Vol II, are live perfomances at Smalls Jazz Club. In 2005 and 2008 respectively, he released The Rolling Stones Project (Concord) and Stones World (Sunnyside), both are his versions of Stones classics arranged in jazz and world music genres. Both CDs have drawn rave reviews across the globe. Some of the guest artists featured on these discs include: all four Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Milton Nascimento, Sara Baras, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette, Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler, Larry Goldings, Franck Amsallem, Eddie Palmieri, Brian Blade and Ana Moura. His latest colaborations are performing with the great flamenco dancer Sara Baras and with The East Gipsy Band from Budapest. Tim has taught saxophone and composition at The New School, Rutgers University, The City University of New York and The University of Toronto.


Curriculum Vitae

Higher Education

  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Masters of Music, Saxophone, 1984

  University of North Texas, Denton, Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies, 1981

Major Teachers, Saxophone

  Michael Brecker, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. 1996-1999

  Dave Liebman, New York, 1986-88
  Donald Sinta, University of Michigan, 1982-84
  James Riggs, University of North Texas, 1979-82
  Lynn Klock, Interlochen Arts Academy, 1976-77
  Larry Teal, Interlochen Arts Academy, 1971-72
  James Forger, Michigan All State Band, Ann Arbor, 1971-72

Major Teachers, Composition

  Bob Brookmeyer, BMI Composers Workshop, 1988-90
  Manny Albam, BMI Composers Workshop, 1988-90
  William Bolcom, University of Michigan, 1982-84

  Professor of Jazz Studies, University of Toronto, 2007-2009

Teaching Experience

Professor of Jazz Studies, University of Toronto, 2007-2009 

Rutgers University, Saxophone, Jazz Ensembles and Composition, 2003-05
  New Jersey City University, Saxophone and Composition, 2003
  City College of New York, Saxophone and Jazz composition, 1995-2000
  The New School, New York, Saxophone and Composition, 1995-98
  Mannes School of Music, Saxophone, 1994-96
  University of Bridgeport, Saxophone and composition, 1994
  University of Michigan, Jazz Improvisation, 1982-84
  University of North Texas, Director of 3 o’clock Lab Band, Jazz Combos, 1981-82

Teaching Experience, Other

  Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, Outreach Program, K-12, 1995-98
  Rodef Shalom, New York City, Woodwind Instructor, Elementary, 1991-93
  Bank Street School, New York, City, Instructor of Saxophone, Elementary, 1989-01
  Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI, Jazz Studies Instructor, 1985, 90, 99, 01


Tim Ries plays Francois Louis mouthpieces, reeds and ligatures and The Virtuoso tenor and alto saxophones by RS Berkely.