Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet

Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet

 New York City, New York, USA

With their new release "Waltz New", the Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet celebrate the music of Jim Hall. The quartet features guitarist Tom Dempsey, bassist Tim Ferguson, tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, and drummer Eliot Zigmund.


The Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet is an exciting and innovative ensemble comprised of four of New York city’s most respected jazz musicians. Playing a mix of original compositions, standards and classics from the jazz cannon, the Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet’s music is an authentic and riveting expression of the state of jazz in the 21st century.

Guitarist Tom Dempsey and bassist Tim Ferguson have collaborated on a variety of projects from duo to large ensembles for over twenty years. They have performed throughout the U.S. and Europe at many notable jazz venues and festivals and their collaboration has resulted in numerous recordings including: “Perspectives” from the Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet (Imaginary Records) and their highly acclaimed 2007 duo release, “What’s Going On?” (City Tone Records). Their latest release, "Waltz New" on Origin Records pays tribute to the music of Jim Hall.

Tom Dempsey’s reputation for hard swinging sophistication and pure musicality have made him a distinct voice in the New York jazz scene for the last twenty years. He has performed and recorded with a virtual “Who’s Who” of renowned jazz musicians including Wynton Marsalis, George Coleman, Kenny Barron, Roy Haynes, Bobby McFerrin, Paquito D’Rivera, Jack McDuff, Jim Hall and Brad Mehldau. Tim Ferguson has been providing the foundation for Jazz groups in the New York City area for many years and has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe with a wide variety of well known jazz artists including Don Friedman, George Cables, Cecil Bridgewater, Vanessa Rubin, Tony Scott, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Harris, Mel Lewis, and Valery Ponomarev among others.

This quartet also features two of Dempsey and Ferguson’s long time colleagues. Saxophonist Joel Frahm and drummer Eliot Zigmund. Frahm has established himself as one of the most exciting rising stars in the jazz scene today, performing and recording with many of today’s most noted stars including Maynard Ferguson, Betty Carter, Kenny Barron, Matt Wilson, Larry Goldings, Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Pat Martino. Zigmund’s powerful and poetic voice at the drumset has propelled the bands of some of the most acclaimed artists in jazz including Bill Evans, Jim Hall and Stan Getz. Together this quartet creates a unique musical energy and brings a fresh perspective to the music.

The Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet is a dynamic group that blends world-class musicianship with a genuine commitment to sharing their music and educating audiences. Their performances demonstrate a combination of thrilling virtuosity and clarity of expression that enthralls audiences, allowing for a profound shared musical experience as the musicians lead the listener on a sonic tour of creative discovery.

"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

“Tom’s great improvisation and melodic interpretations simply sparkle and are played with wonderful groove, sometimes biting, sometimes bluesy, always on the money. "
                     Gene Bertoncini

“...inventive, straight ahead and swinging.  The Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet shows how creative the modern mainstream of jazz remains in the 21st century.”
                    Scott Yanow
                    Jazz Journalist/Author

“...straight ahead modern jazz with a bluesy soulful tinge...a vivaciousness to the music that keeps drawing attention."
                    Dale Smoak
                    Cadence Magazine

“The groove is always present and the solos are melodic.  Dempsey’s sound is clear and full."
                    Eric Elias
                    Just Jazz Guitar.


Waltz New - Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet - Origin Records                                                       Beautiful Friendship - Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet - Planet Arts Records
What's Going On - Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Duo - Citytone Records
Perspectives - Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet - Imaginary Records

Set List

The each group performs an extensive repertoire of original material and selected jazz standards from the masters including music by Ellington, Strayhorn, Vernon Duke, Cole Porter, George 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.