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 an active role in multiple Boston bands, freelancing with 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" and a gold record (now at his mother's house) for his work on the Bright Eyes album "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning"
He has his own soul-jazz septet, the Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout.
He has shared a stage and/or a studio with: Jean-Michel Bernard, Steven Bernstein, Tracy Bonham, Bright Eyes, Charlie Burnham, Jim Campilongo, Captain & Tennille, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Anton Fier, Bill Frisell, Rachelle Garniez, Michel Gondry, Emmylou Harris, Jesse Harris, Robin Holcomb, Smokey Hormel, Wayne Horvitz, Sten Hostfalt, Shooter Jennings, Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Gina Leishman, Mat Maneri, J Mascis, Willy Mason , Matt Munisteri, Van Dyke Parks, Bernard Purdie, Lee Ranaldo, Mauro Refosco, Jenny Scheinman, Tony Scherr, Neil Sedaka, She & Him, Steve Shelley, Bill Sims, Jr., Melvin Sparks, Irma Thomas, Russ Titelman, M. Ward, Hugh Watson, Doug Weiselman, The Wollesens Marching Band, Timothy Young, + many many others, great and small. To find out where Tim is playing next, please visit:
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