Guitarist Tim Fitzgerald’s love of jazz comes through with every note he plays. Well versed in many styles of music, Tim has performed throughout the country in many different venues, from the Luxor in Las Vegas to the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles to Chicago’s Green Mill. He cites his performances with Chicago’s late, great saxophonist Von Freeman as the most influential shows in his development.
Television appearances include PBS’s “Art Beat Chicago” and the ABC-TV’s New Year’s Rock N Roll Ball. Tim also appeared on the soundtracks for the Sony motion picture, “The Myth of Fingerprints,” starring Roy Scheider, Julianne Moore, and Noah Wyle and the Weinstein animated film, “Hoodwinked Too” featuring Glenn Close, Martin Short and Amy Poehler.
Tim’s critically acclaimed book “625 Alive: The Wes Montgomery BBC Performance Transcribed,” has been selected as one of the “50 Greatest Guitar Books” of all time. He has also taught clinics at the Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival and written for Downbeat, Just Jazz Guitar and Chicago Jazz magazines.
The Tim Fitzgerald Quartet presents an entertaining mix of jazz and soul music, including Tim’s original compositions as well as the music of Wes Montgomery.
WES MONTGOMERY BOOK
Tim has written a transcription book of Wes Montgomery’s live performance on the BBC television show, Jazz 625. This performance is featured on the Legends of Jazz Guitar DVD series.
The book features all of Wes’ improvisations, including solos and tags, as well as the melodies, intros, outros and shout choruses of each tune. Also included are a detailed harmonic and aesthetic analysis of each solo, insight in to Wes’ unique technique and fingering, and an interview with the band’s pianist, Harold Mabern.
For more information on the book, please go to WesMontgomeryBook.com.
WES MONTGOMERY BOOK
A powerful study of the master of modern jazz guitar.
A teacher of guitar for over 15 years, Tim has devised a system of applying Barry Harris’ bebop method to the guitar. He customizes the lesson plan to fit any skill level, making the lessons challenging, but never frustrating.
Tim provides a warm, supportive environment, encouraging creativity and allowing the student’s inner ear to develop. Successful lessons will increase not only the student’s skill level, but his or her love of music of music as well.
Tim teaches in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. Lessons are $30/$60.
Four on Six
Come Rain or Come Shine
End of a Love Affair