Artist profile: Tim Hagans


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Tim Hagans

http://timhagans.com/

Firstly, do check the link above, and listen to Tim’s music (or indeed the clips to follow).

It wasn’t just music, it was an abstract description of extreme force and energy.

Tim’s playing, in my opinion, nods to Miles Davis while maintaining an integrity of original character and tone; it is reminiscent of some of Miles’ more obscure albums (such as Aura) but Tim mentions his favourite records to be “In Person Friday” and “Saturday Nights live at the Blackhawk”. From his online bio:

The first Miles Davis recording that I heard is still one of my favorite jazz record….In Person Friday and Saturday Nights live at the Blackhawk.   The band was swinging and popping and the recording has a real dark sound that makes the music especially intriguing.  Then I heard Bitches Brew and life changed once again. Although I love everything that Miles played, the records from In A Silent Way to Agartha are my favorites.  Those records reflect the social and political energies of that time.  It wasn’t just music, it was an abstract description of extreme force and energy.

Fairly concisely, from Wikipedia (for a more complete bio, pop on to Tim’s website):

Tim Hagans (born August 19, 1954) is a hard bop trumpeter and composer.
He grew up in Dayton, Ohio playing in school bands. His early inspirations included Miles Davis, Herb Alpert, Sly Stone, and Blood, Sweat and Tears. Hagans enrolled at Bowling Green State University, where he majored in music education. After the summer of 1974, however, Hagans dropped out of school to join Stan Kenton’s band.
In 1977, Hagans left Kenton to join up with Herman, but only for four weeks. He then left for Europe where he lived in Malmö, Sweden, a hotbed of the European jazz scene. While in Europe, he played with Dexter Gordon, Kenny Drew, Horace Parlan, and Thad Jones.
When he came back to the United States, Hagans taught music at the University of Cincinnati from 1982-84 and the Berklee College of Music from 1984-87. In 1987, he moved to New York City. He has worked with saxophonist Bob Belden on their highly-regarded “Animation/Imagination” project. He is also the leader of the Swedish “big band”, the Norrbotten Big Band located in Luleå.

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