Tim Warfield, Jr., a native of York, Pennsylvania, began studying the alto saxophone at age nine. He switched to tenor saxophone during his first year at William Penn Sr. High School where he participated in various musical ensembles, winning many jazz soloist awards including second out of forty competitors at the Montreal Festival of Music in Canada. After high school, Warfield attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. for two years before leaving to lead and co-lead groups in the Central Pennsylvania and Baltimore/Washington areas.
In 1990 he was chosen to be a member of trumpeter and CBS/Sony recording artist Marlon Jordan's Quintet. In 1991 he was selected to record Tough Young Tenors on the Island/Antilles label, listed as one of the top ten recordings of the year by the New York Times. He also joined Jazz Futures, a world touring group assembled by George Wein to showcase some of the world’s brightest young stars in jazz. Also in 1991, Warfield placed third at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Warfield has made several television appearances including the Today Show, Bill Cosby’s You Bet Your Life (where he was a member of the house band until 1992), and Ted Turner's 1998 Trumpet Awards. Additionally, he has made numerous stage appearances with such names as Donald Byrd, Michelle Rosewoman, Marcus Miller, Marlon Jordan, James Williams, Christian McBride, The Harper Brothers, Dizzy Gillespie, Isaac Hayes, Shirley Scott, Jimmy Smith, Nicholas Payton, Charles Fambrough, Eric Reed, Carl Allen, Terell Stafford, Stefon Harris, Orrin Evans, The Newport Millennium All Stars, "Papa" John Defrancesco, Joey Defrancesco, Claudio Raggazzi, Danilo Perez, and others. In 1994, he joined bassist and Verve recording artist Christian McBride’s group, where he remained a member until 1999.
Warfield’s first recording, A Cool Blue, was selected as one of the top ten recordings of the year in a 1995 New York Times critic’s poll, as was his 1998 recording Gentle Warrior (featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Tarus Mateen, Clarence Penn, Terell Stafford, and Nicholas Payton), proclaiming him possibly the most powerful tenor saxophonist of his generation. In 1999, he was awarded "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" in DownBeat Magazine’s 49th Annual Jazz Critic’s poll. In 2000, alongside crooner Loston Harris, Warfield performed at the MTV GQ Men of the Year Awards in New York City.
In the fall of 1999 Warfield exclusively joined forces with New Orleans trumpeter and Warner Bros. recording artist Nicholas Payton of with whom he toured and recorded until 2005.
In 2006, Warfield joined trumpeter and Maxjazz recording artist Terell Stafford's Quintet.
Warfield has appeared on several GRAMMY-nominated recordings such as Stefon Harris' "The Grand Unification Theory," as well as "Dear Louis" and "Sonic Trance," both under the leadership of trumpeter Nicholas Payton.
In July of 2008, featured in the "Playlist" section, Warfield's recording "One For Shirley" dedicated to the legendary organist Shirley Scott, was one of three recordings to receive notable mention in the New York Times.
In 2010, his CD "A Sentimental Journey" on the Criss Cross jazz label was selected as a "Critic's Choice" in the New York Times, by Ben Ratliff.
In August of 2011, Tim was recognized in the listing of Rising Star Tenor saxophonists, in Downbeat Magazine"s Critics Poll.
In December of 2012, Warfield released his CD entitled "Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas," on the Undaunted Music label which was showcased among 20 other new holiday recordings, as one of the Best Holiday recordings for 2013, in the New York Times, Holiday Gift Guide.
Tim is currently serving dual roles as Board Member and Music Committee Chairmen for the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz as well as Artist-In-Residence at Messiah College in Grantham , Pa.
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HI TIM, NICE TO MEET YOU. IN BRAZIL WE LOVE ALL JAZZ MUSIC FROM COOL, BOP, LATIN, ETC.BUT, IN SOUTH AMERICA IS NOT LIKE USA JAZZ FM STATIONS...24 HOURS SWING MUSIC...NO, IN BRAZIL ONLY WEEKLY JAZZ RADIO SHOW.I SAY THAT BECAUSE I INTRODUCE TWO HOURS WEEK, EVERY MONDAY TO 21.00 AT WWW.RADIOLESTE345FM.COM.BR THIS SITE IS UNDER RE-PAGE NOW.SEE ME AT FACEBOOK, OR ... WWW.STANGETZCOMMUNITY.COM WELL, TIM, I AM PROUD TO SAY, MY JAZZ RADIO PROGRAM IS THE MOST HEARD IN SOUTH BRAZIL, PARANA. I LIKE TO MIX STYLES, SOLO WORKS AND R&B SINGERS.SO, I WRITE TO YOU IN HOPE GET CD-PROMOTE TO PLAY AT STATION. MY FIRST DESIRE IS FEATURE IN BRAZIL MORE IMPROVISED MUSIC. THINK ABOUT.REGARDS FROM BRAZIL. EDSON. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey Tim! I work with Dana Hall at the CJE and caught you guys at the Green Mill this weekend. You guys sounded great, I am really looking forward to hearing the disc when it is completed. Thanks for bringing your sound to Chicago.
We stumbled across your place-great to see you over here.
Always enjoy the little jam sessions over at Ortleibs on tues nites man! you lit the room up! lol!...its been a while seeing you down there!
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."