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The Living Room Sessions! 

About a year ago, I began to brainstorm about unique ways in which I could showcase the amazing musicians that I’ve met since moving to Washington DC in 2010. Out of this, comes The Living Room Sessions. 

The concept is very simple. I invite a guest over to my house, set up a bunch of cameras and recording equipment, and once the equipment is set, my guest and I will play together in a duo setting.  After that, we’ll have a conversation so that you, the viewer, can get to know these great artists on a more personal level.

Then, I will edit the video, mix the audio, and create a unique episode for each guest.  I'm challenging myself to compose new music specifically for each guest that comes through the door, and we’ll also play a composition of theirs to round out the program.

Another thing that makes the project very exciting for me is the opportunity to combine the many creative avenues that I have interest in.  Of course, music is my first love, but I’ve also become very interested in multimedia, and this is a perfect way for me to explore that endeavor.

In today’s landscape, us independent musicians need to keep finding new ways to let ourselves be heard and seen. I hope you’ll take a few seconds and sign up on my email list below so you can enjoy this amazing new endeavor!

New Album Available NOW! 

New album Oblivion: the Music of Bud Powell is available now!

This new album features Tim's creative arrangements of the music of the great jazz pianist Bud Powell.

“Like countless musicians around the world, Bud Powell continues to be a huge influence and inspiration to me. His contribution to modern jazz is immeasurable, both as a pianist and a composer. Bud seems to get overlooked too often by the 'pundits,' and should be mentioned with the same fervor and reverence as Bird, Monk, and Dizzy. He is, without question, the blueprint for modern jazz piano. I am honored to play this music, and he will be a source of inspiration to me for the rest of my life.”
                          - Tim Whalen, January 2015


Tim Whalen - piano
Paul Pieper - guitar
Elijah Jamal Balbed - saxophones
Eliot Seppa - bass
Shareef Taher - drums (all tracks except 5 & 9)
Carroll "CV" Dashiell III - drums (tracks 5 & 9)

Track Listing:
  1. Hallucinations
  2. Parisian Thoroughfare
  3. Kind Bud (comp. Whalen)
  4. Un Poco Loco
  5. Blue Pearl
  6. Oblivion
  7. Celia
  8. Tempus Fugue-It
  9. I'll Keep Loving You
  10. Wail

Happy Holidays! 

I just wanted to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season! 

I'm very much looking forward to a productive and happy 2015!

All the best to you and your.


Dear Friends,

After 21 years, I’m about to embark on the next chapter of my career / launch a new project. It’s a big step and I’m really excited.

In order to take this step, I'm launching a crowdfunding campaign to help me realize my dream of recording the music of my main musical inspiration, jazz giant Bud Powell. Unfortunately, it is not that simple.  From paying musicians, to studio time, to post-production costs, the expenses add up. I’m asking you to contribute so that we can achieve our dreams together!

I’m looking forward to making lots of fun offerings available, such as
    • Album availability before the release date.
    • Exclusive video and audio content
    • Bonus performance material
    • A song composed specifically for you
    • Piano lessons via Skype or FaceTime
    • House concert performances with my trio or quintet
    • Executive producer credit on the album

A major factor in succeeding with a crowdfunding campaign is asking people in your closest circle of trusted friends first to get the ball rolling, so here I am asking you! 

This project is so important to me because the music of Bud Powell, as a composer, has been grossly under-represented and under-appreciated. I’m hoping to shed much more light on the importance of Bud Powell as a composer. As a musician, and as I get older, it is becoming increasingly important that I start documenting my artistic work.  This project can help be the launch pad for many more.

Please join me in bringing my best work into the world and I look forward to sharing Oblivion: The Music of Bud Powell with you!

Sincerely yours,

Tim Whalen Septet Returns! 

The Tim Whalen Septet returns to Twins Jazz!

Friday October 31, 2014
Saturday November 1, 2014

I'll be debuting some new original music, as well as a few other new things.

Tim Whalen - piano
Joe Herrera - trumpet
Lyle Link - alto saxophone
Tedd Baker - tenor saxophone
Matthew Niess - trombone
Zack Pride - bass
Harold Summey - drums

Sets at 8 & 10 PM


Tim Whalen Septet
Friday May 23rd & Saturday 24th

Live at Twins Jazz

Sets at 8 and 10

Tim Whalen : piano
Joe Herrera : trumpet
Marty Nau : alto saxophone
Elijah Jamal Balbed : tenor saxophone
Matthew Niess : trombone
Regan Brough : bass
Harold Summey : drums

My septet will be returning to to Twins Jazz, and it happens to fall on my 40th birthday (May 23rd)!

In addition celebrating me getting old, we'll also be continuing the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Blue Note records. I'm looking forward to presenting some new music from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, some of my music, and some other great stuff as well.

I hope to see you! It's gonna be a great 2 nights of music.

New Album

Oblivion: the Music of Bud Powell

by Tim Whalen

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This new album features Tim's creative arrangements of the music of the great jazz pianist Bud Powell.

Tim Whalen - piano
Paul Pieper - guitar
Elijah Jamal Balbed - saxophones
Eliot Seppa - bass
Shareef Taher - drums (all tracks except 5 & 9)
Carroll "CV" Dashiell III - drums (tracks 5 & 9

  1. 1
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    Hallucinations 06:18
  2. 2
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    Parisian Thoroughfare 08:04
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    Kind Bud 05:55
  4. 4
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    Un Poco Loco 06:55
  5. 5
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    Blue Pearl 07:28
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    Oblivion 04:00
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    Celia 06:37
  8. 8
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    Tempus Fugue-It 05:22
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    I'll Keep Loving You 09:19
  10. 10
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    Wail 03:36