The Story 

Multi-faceted saxophonist and electric bassoonist Tim Price is comfortable playing a wide range of music, having performed with rock and soul icons like Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Ike Turner, Lloyd Price, Screaming Jay Hawkins and Dr. John as well as jazz greats like Sonny Stitt, Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, Benny Green and Candy Dulfer. He spent years in the trenches with the big bands of Tommy Dorsey (under both Murray McEachern and later Buddy Morrow), Cab Calloway and Harry James. He’s also been part of Ernie Krivda’s Fat Tuesday big band and his bassoon was part of the Lawrence “Butch” Morris Orchestra at the 2004 Vision Festival in New York City. A veteran of the jazz organ bar circuit, Price has also been comfortable jamming with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bob Weir’s Ratdog. 

A Philadelphia native and Berklee College of Music graduate (Class of 1973), Price is currently based in Reading, Pennsylvania. In this Exit Zero Jazz Festival appearance, he will showcase his Jazz-A-Delic project, featuring longtime collaborator vibraphonist-percussionist Randy Sutin, drummer-composer-educator Sean Kennedy and bassist Mark Amentt. 

Said fellow saxophonist and Boston-based educator Jerry Bergonzi, “Tim’s unique approach to playing combined with his passion and enthusiasm compel you to listen to him. He always surprises me with his inventiveness. I am a Tim Price fan.” 

The Sound 

A woodwind wiz, Price switches from alto to tenor to soprano and baritone saxes, then alternates between bassoon and clarinet in a given set, performing passionately on all of his horns. Jazz magazine said, “His bassoon improvisations are well constructed and convincing of a player at one with himself and instrument” while The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote, “He plays with a power and imagination on all his horns. One of the baritone saxophone artists to listen for. Swinging clarinet as well.” He may also break out his oboe, nadaswaram and ethnic flutes in Jazz-A-Delic’s eclectic set drawing on jazz, world-beat and R&B. 

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Michael Kline