Tim Luntzel was born and raised in Palo Alto, California where at the age of 11 he began playing the bass guitar. In high school, repeated and involuntary exposure to the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington eventually led to a fledgeling enthusiasm for jazz, manifesting itself in scholarships to the Monterey Jazz Camp, the coveted Louis Armstrong Award, a tour of Europe and enrollment at the Berklee College of Music.
In 1994, while still at Berklee, Tim undertook the study of the double-bass, garnering further scholarship dough for his seeming ease in handling this very difficult transition.
In the years following graduation ('94-'98) Tim went on to lead the popular and critically acclaimed Venus Band and play a pivotal role in the founding of the forward-looking hip-hop band Red Time, at the same time freelancing for such artists as George Garzone, Frank Tiberi and Danillo Perez. He furthered his study of the contrabass under the tutelage of Ron Carter and later Marc Johnson.
Tim Luntzel moved to Brooklyn in Autumn of '98, and immediately became busy filling people's bass-related needs with (see below) a bunch of people. Won a Grammy in Feb '010 for for Loudon Wainwright's album "The Charlie Pool Project"!!!
He has his own soul-jazz sextet, the Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout.
He has shared a stage and/or a studio with: Jean-Michel Bernard, Steven Bernstein, Mira Billotte, Tracy Bonham, Bright Eyes, Charlie Burnham, Jim Campilongo, Captain & Tennille, Rosanne Cash, Natalie Cole, Rodney Crowell, John Doe, Anton Fier, David Foster, Connie Francis, Bill Frisell, Rachelle Garniez, Larry Goldings, Michel Gondry, Emmylou Harris, Jesse Harris, Robin Holcomb, Smokey Hormel, Wayne Horvitz, Sten Hostfalt, Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Gina Leishman, Mat Maneri, J Mascis, Willy Mason , Matt Munisteri, Van Dyke Parks, Bernard Purdie, Mickey Raphael, David Rawlings, Mauro Refosco, Jenny Scheinman, Tony Scherr, Neil Sedaka, Paul Shaffer, Steve Shelley, Bill Sims, Jr., Melvin Sparks, Irma Thomas, Russ Titelman, M. Ward, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Hugh Watson, Doug Weiselman, Gillian Welch, The Wollesens Marching Band, Timothy Young, YVEL...

To find out where Tim is playing next, please visit:
Luntzel's Gigs

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