Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Duo

Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Duo

 New York, New York, USA

Great tunes, terrific solos and careful listening to each other. Tom Dempsey and Tim Ferguson do it all, and swing!
-Jim Hall
Jazz Guitar Legend


Guitarist Tom Dempsey and bassist Tim Ferguson are both well established New York musicians whose extensive resumes include work with some of the biggest names in jazz. Since meeting in 1988, they have worked together on a variety of projects, touring the US and Europe in duo and trio formats and have collaborated on various recordings including Their latest release highly acclaimed duo recording "What's Going On?" on City Tone records (2008), “Perspectives” by the Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet on Imaginary Records, and Dempsey’s 1998 CD “Blues in the Slope” on Igmod Records.

Tom Dempsey’s reputation in the New York jazz scene for excellence, sophistication and artistry has, and continues to receive widespread acclaim. In recent years Tom has performed and/or recorded with a virtual "Who’s Who" of world renowned jazz musicians including: Jim Hall, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, Tal Farlow, Buddy Montgomery, George Coleman, Kenny Barron, Roy Haynes, Jack McDuff, Gerald Wilson, Mel Torme, Bobby McFerrin, and Dave Brubeck. In June of 2003 Dempsey completed a world tour with tap dancing virtuoso Savion Glover. He has made numerous appearances on New York radio and television including performances on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”, the HBO series Sex and the City, and WQXR radio. Dempsey has also performed for many Broadway shows including "Bring In ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk", and “Patti Lupone on Broadway.” Jazz journalist and author Scott Yanow describes Dempsey’s playing as “inventive, straight ahead and swinging. Dempsey shows how creative the modern mainstream of jazz remains in the 21st century.”

A versatile guitarist, Dempsey brings many of these different experiences to this group and his compositions. "I feel as though music and musicians are too easily compartmentalized and put into boxes. I enjoy a whole spectrum of music and feel that a musician’s true artistic expressions are greatly influenced by a host of musical sources. The music I record usually is labeled jazz because of the amount of improvisation that is present. However, I do draw on a number of styles and experiences to influence my musical contributions."

Ferguson has also performed with a wide variety of well known jazz musicians including Don Friedman, Stefon Harris, Vanessa Rubin, Mel Lewis, Cecil Bridgewater, John Abercrombie, and Valery Ponomarev He has toured extensively throughout the US and Europe for over ten years and played with a variety of groups ranging from duos to large ensembles including the famed "Vanguard Jazz Orchestra". Ferguson has been an Imaginary Records recording artist for many years making numerous recordings for the label with pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and drummer Jeff "Siege" Siegel in the cooperatively led piano trio Stevens, Siegel & Ferguson. He also produced and played on the recording “My Foolish Heart” from the Don Friedman Quartet on Steeplechase records. Ferguson brings a wealth of varied experiences to all of his performances. Bass World magazine calls him a “fine bassist with a warm and woody tone whose solos are tasteful, balanced and never overplayed”

In talking about the music, Ferguson explains that "the music really falls between categories. It is not bebop, latin, hard bop or avant-garde, but it’s informed by all of those styles and more. I call it modern classic jazz. We aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel, we’re simply trying to make a contribution to the music through our own individual voices."

Dempsey and Ferguson offer a wide variety of sounds and textures from burning straight ahead playing to sensitive ballads and stunning improvisation. With their individual points of view coming together, the group offers the excitement and joy of fresh music and constant musical surprise.


What's Going On - Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Duo
Perspectives - Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet

Set List

The group performs an extensive repertoire of original material and jazz standards from the masters including music by Ellington, Strayhorn, Hank Jones, Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, Hoagy Carmichael and many others. Each set lasts approximately one hour in length, and a typical concert consists of 2 one hour sets with a 15-20 minute intermission.

Sample set:
Interface-Hank Jones
As Spring Begins-Tom Dempsey
Isfahan-Billy Stryahorn
Nasciemento-Barry Harris
Little Niles-Randy Weston
Stardust-Hoagy Charmichael
Julie's Tabouleh-Tim Ferguson