Tyler Summers
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Tyler Summers

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE
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"Finalist in American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Contest!"

"Mirror Of A Man" from the EP "Whatever It Takes" took 4th place in the American Songwriter Magazine Lyrics Contest. To see more, check out...

- American Songwriter Magazine

""...deserves to be heard by anyone with an ear for creative music""

Who says that all "Young Lions" revere only the Blue Note label? On the evidence of this enormously impressive debut, the peach fuzz on these guys' faces has been blowin' in the wind of imprints like Soul Note, CIMP, abd ESP-Disk. "'Young' Has Ended" indeed, as one of their titles states; when the music is this good, considerations of age become moot.

I haven't been so blown away by an opening blast of free-bop since Side One, Cut One of Anthony Braxton's New York, Fall 1974. "Metropolis" building on a familiar melodic kernel, is an excellent demonstration of this trio's considerable talents. With a fabulous sense of structure and an involving tone, Tyler Summers kicks serious butt in his long alto solo. "Contemplation" and "Subterfuge" show him to have equal facility on soprano, with good pitch control, and a tone that ranges from Lacy-tart to Fasteau-round. Matt Wigton's "Patience" shows off his wiry, flexible chops on bass, supporting some hair-raising soprano moves from Summers.

On drums, Stockton Helbing plays quiet assurance,using his kit with busy intelligence. He stokes Summers' rising fire on the 15-minute "Comprimising Fate" with rolling snare and cymbal work, and kicks assertively alongside Wigton's atmospheric arco solo. Reminiscent at times of the Threadgill/Hopkins/Mcall cooperative, Air, at others of Steve Lacy's various trio's, Trinity's freshman effort deserves to be heard by anyone with an ear for creative music. - Cadence Magazine

"CFUV Radio Interview"

Interview with Arnold van Klaveren for his show Rhythm-a-ning in Victoria, BC - CFUV

""...there’s a healthy dose of telepathic interplay on this disc.""

Hey, so the trio is actually a quintet. Sort of. In any event, there’s a healthy dose of telepathic interplay on this disc. I particularly like how Summers plays his soprano sax (he plays alto as well) off of David Braid’s piano on “Contemplation.” There are also long-form compositions (“Solitary Candle”) and tracks that build drama with inventive use of unison lines. “Patience” (my favorite track) is such a tune, torquing up the electricity with some exhilarating starts and stops. The back & forth between busted passages and straight ahead swing is a load of fun.
- blogcritics.org

""...it’s energy, chops and skill add up to one killer package.""

This certainly seems to be a good month for indy jazz as this crew comes back together for a new set that finds them right in the pocket throughout. Led by a sax man that can blow 200 mph licks with the best of them, it’s energy, chops and skill add up to one killer package. Impressively kicking it out on all originals, the contemporary jazzbo will be thrilled to be the first on his block to be blasting this with the windows open. Engagingly creative and heartfelt, this is a date that’s sure to grab you by the ear and not let go. - Midwest Record

"The Galaxie Rising Star Award"

The Galaxie Rising Star Award - 2004

The Galaxie Rising Star Award is sponsored by Galaxie and administered through IAJE Canada and the National Jazz Awards. It is a cash award of $2000 and was presented at this year’s National Jazz Awards in Toronto on February 24, 2004. The award is intended to identify and honour an emerging young Canadian jazz artist (under 28 years old). The winner this year (chosen by adjudication) is 23 year old alto saxophonist Tyler Summers from Toronto and originally from Langley, BC.
- IAJE Magazine


Tyler Summers Trio - "Live At The Cellar" - 2010
Tyler Summers - "Whatever It Takes" - 2008
Tyler Summers - "Astoria Sessions" - 2008
Tyler Summers - "Along For The Ride" - 2005
Tyler Summers Trio - "Trinity" - 2001



"...like mixing Ryan Adams’ vocals with Jason Mraz’s musical style. Though the combo may seem like a bit off at first, the end result comes out smooth." - TheAlbumProject.net

"...it’s energy, chops and skill add up to one killer package."
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record

"The show was great! You guys blew everyone away - the kids and I were very inspired. Thank you!"
- Jeremy Legault, DeLaSalle College, Toronto, ON


"The Tyler Summers Trio deserves to be heard by anyone with an ear for creative music."
- Larry Nai, Cadence Magazine


"I have had the pleasure of working with Tyler Summers on a number of occasions. His musicianship speaks for itself, just listen to any of his recordings. Tyler has always worked tirelessly to promote his gigs at my club The Cellar and has never ever let me down in terms of crowd numbers and the quality of show that he puts on. Working with Tyler is a dream on every level."
- Cory Weeds, The Cellar - Vancouver, B.C.

"Tyler is a true professional in every sense. Recently at the Opening of the BC Canada Pavilion in Beijing, China - Tyler was a musical ambassador for Canada as he delivered a musical performance to Chinese and Canadian dignitaries that was a true representation of his talent as an original artist. We look forward to working with Tyler again on future projects."
- Patrick Roberge, President PRP Inc and Producer of the 2010 Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies.


When Tyler Summers, award-winning jazz saxophonist turned singer-songwriter and pianist, began to delve into his third original project, he set out to create a record which truly combined his distinct musical roots. What resulted was "Whatever It Takes", an emanation of passion and candidness both musically and lyrically, and songwriting that is honest, penetrating, and raw.

Recorded and produced in Brooklyn, New York by the talented David Little, the album blends piano pop and saxophone, and features five original tracks. The record has spawned a response from listeners as passionate as the music itself, bringing Summers TEN top ten placements in the Pop and Acoustic categories on Ourstage (www.ourstage.com) and in Nov/Dec 2008, a feature in American Songwriter Magazine for the lyrics to "Mirror of a Man" (track 5).

Since the beginning of the recording process, Summers has toured the album in New York City, Canada's west coast, and the college town circuit in Texas. The live show is an impressive merger of beatboxing, saxophones and keyboards with a live looping set up; a performance that arrests the audience as much for its sheer uniqueness as for the music and songwriting itself.


- Sang "Oh Canada" for the British Columbia Olympic Building in Beijing, China

- Finalist in the American Songwriter Magazine Lyrics Contest with "Mirror Of A Man" - Nov/Dec 2008

- "Galaxie Rising Star of Canada"


- Pop May - 2008
- Contemporary/Soft Rock - June 2008
- Acoustic - July 2008
- Modern Rock - November 2008
- Acoustic - November 2009
- Modern Rock - February 2010
- Mike Flynn Epic Records Contest - March 2010
- Train Songwriting Contest - March 2010
- Acoustic - April 2010
- Modern Rock - August 2010