Saxophonist, composer, arranger and producer Tim Ries received degrees from both The University of North Texas (BM) and The University of Michigan (MM). He has had a unique and varied career, which began in 1983 with the great Maynard Ferguson. Since that time, his performing and recording credits include a who’s who of jazz, rock and pop icons: The Rolling Stones (touring from 1999 to the present), Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Donald Fagen, Michael Jackson, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Lyle Lovette, and jazz greats Red Garland, Donald Byrd, Hank Jones, Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Chico Hamilton, Michael Brecker, Joe Henderson, Tony Bennett, Dave Liebman, Al Foster, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez and Maria Schneider. Tim has released seven CDs as a leader. His last two discs, The Rolling Stones Project (Concord) and Stones World (Sunnyside), are his versions of Stones tunes arranged in the jazz and world music genres. Both CDs have drawn rave reviews across the globe. Guest artists featured on these CDs include: all four Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Milton Nascimento, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette, Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler, Larry Goldings, Eddie Palmieri, Brian Blade, flamenco dancer Sara Baras and fado singer Ana Moura. Tim is currently an assistant professor of jazz studies at the University of Toronto and shares his time between New York and Toronto.
Tim Ries plays the Virtuoso tenor and alto saxophones by RS Berkeley.