Tim Mayer

Tim Mayer


Professional Saxophonist/Flutist/Clarinetist, specializing in Latin and Cape Verdean styles. I've played saxophone for over 30 years, flute for over 20, and clarinet for about 15. I perform regularly at Wally's, Ryles, and other clubs and venues throughout Boston and around the country.


Tim Mayer’s exposure to music, namely jazz and exotica, began at age 4, when he learned to work his parents’ record player. His favorite records were by Wes Montgomery, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, and Martin Denny. He started playing saxophone when he was ten, and began learning jazz at Florida State University’s Summer Music Camp in 1980, where he found himself studying with many young and talented musicians including Marcus Roberts. In December of 1990, Tim began what was to be a three-year stint working aboard the cruise ships. This provided him with the opportunity to study a variety of styles and play in big bands that accompanied entertainers Al Martino, Vic Damone, Diahann Carrol, Bobby Rydell, Connie Stevens, Jack Jones, and many others.

In September of 1993, Tim attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied privately with Andy McGhee, George Garzone, and Bill Pierce. In 1998, Tim opened for Chucho Valdez at the Baranqui Jazz Festival in Baranquilla, Columbia. In February of 2003, he performed and recorded with the RG Jazz Orchestra in Tenerife, in the Canary Islands of Spain. That same year, he partook in the 4th Seminar and Jazz Festival in Jalapa, Mexico as a performer and clinician.

Tim has performed locally with visiting artists John Faddis, Bob Mintzer, Marvin Stamm, Arturo Sandoval, Nick Brignola Bobby Shew, and Ed Calle, percussionists Eguie Castrillo, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, and Giovanni Hidalgo; trombone greats Phil Wilson and Slide Hampton, and pianists Kirk Lightsey (in Seville), and Danilo Perez. Tim Mayer and Rusty Scott have collaborated to perform a tribute to the Tough Tenors (Johnny Griffin/Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis) and the Boss Tenors (Sonny Stitt/Gene Ammons), which has featured on different occasions as special guests Bill Pierce or Andy McGhee.

Since 2001, he has been on the Berklee faculty teaching at the Saxophone Weekend, the Five-Week Program, and filling in for various faculty members during the year.


WAITIKI: Charred Mammal Flesh (2005);
Rendezvous in Okokuluku (2007) [CD & vinyl]

Set List

Instrumental music has the ability to paint pictures.
From whatever style or culture, I strived to find all the visuals in each piece of music, and unravel the mystery of how the artist was able to convey his imagery.

In my childhood, my facinations were:

Moonbeams, by Bill Evans,
Ahmad Jamal live at the Pershing Lounge,
A Day In The Life, by Wes Montgomery, and
Quiet Village by Martin Denny
Currently, the focus of my musical style lies with

Latin Jazz, Orchestrotica, and Cape Verdean music.
These are the genres that I have found myself most comfortable in and inspire me; I feel what I want to say is best received by the audience of those styles.

I see music as the attempt to capture the nonverbal elements of culture, emotion, and perception in the moment and render it as a portrait in sound with the goal of evoking sympathetic responses in the listener.