Tim Gordon grew up in rural Matthews, North Carolina, far from the big city life and the fast times of jazz music. Thanks to a few concert tickets from his father one Saturday night, he found what he wanted to become. After a summer evening at a Boots Randolph concert in Charlotte, he found his first love-the saxophone. Tim convinced his parents to buy him a sax…and so it began.
Tim Gordon is a 1980 graduate of The North Carolina School of the Arts. He returned to NCSA in 1990 to complete a master’s degree in Saxophone Performance. Tim has established himself as a successful, nationally acclaimed, freelance recording artist. He has also spent a great deal of time as a teacher and touring musician. Working with some of the biggest names in the industry, including: The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Count Basie Orchestra, Roger Waters, The Spinners, Aretha Franklin, Frankie Valli, and Bonnie Bramlett. Local activities include a diverse array of musical performances, as with any in demand musician, from Broadway shows to recording sessions.
He has worked extensively with major symphonies in Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Salisbury, Greenville, Spartanburg, Agusta, GA and The North Carolina Symphony. Tim has taught at the college level at Davidson College, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Winthrop University and currently Central Piedmont Community College. As a guest clinician at many jazz festivals in Alaska, Texas, Indiana, North and South Carolina and Florida, Tim is in high demand. He’s adjudicated in North and South Carolina All-State, District and Governor School programs. in North and South Carolina and Florida. As well as adjudicating in North and South Carolina all-state,district band and g
Tim has also recorded extensively with regional artists including: Maurice Williams, Jim Brock, Don Dixon, Maria Howell, Darryl Rice, Clifford Curry, The Tams, The Drifters, and The Platters. National recording projects include work with The Four Tops, The Impressions, Anthony Hamilton, Queen Latifah, Bonnie Bramlett and The Big Dipper. Television and video credits include “The Young Indiana Jones,” “The Four Tops Live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas,” “The Nature of Drumming” with Jim Brock and the children’s show “Raggs”… Just to name a few.