“Original, true and honest . . . a musician of extremely high caliber."
— pianist Stefan Karlsson of the Eddie Gomez Trio
“Extremely inventive in both his composition and improvisation.”
—pianist and composer Dan Hearle
Jazz pianist and composer Tim Chernikoff has been making his mark in the New York jazz scene with a style that has stood out to musicians and listeners alike. His approach to music has been to find his own musical identity through dialogue with the jazz traditions of bebop and swing while exploring personal connections to the music he enjoys on a cultural level. His original compositions are noted for their melodic take on top of the rhythmic and harmonic chances taken, and the potential for dazzling interplay and interpretation is always realized with brilliance by his stellar ensemble.
In his place of origin the Bay Area California, Chernikoff developed a love of music at a young age and was always drawn to the idea of improvisation and the rich sounds of jazz. He always made an impression on his teachers by taking initiative to spend long hours learning challenging repertoire such as Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and progressed quickly in jazz with the ability to transcribe solos from recordings of Charlie Parker, Herbie Hancock and Oscar Peterson and absorb the interactive musical language of the master musicians.
While studying Jazz at the University of North Texas for his undergraduate degree, Chernikoff gained a deeper rooting in performance practice through an intensive training in classical and jazz piano, and was driven by his environment to perform classical works of great breadth and depth as well as a diversity of jazz ensembles such as the “Zebras,” a contemporary cross-over ensemble and the Three-0-Clock Lab Band led by saxophonist Brad Leali. He also had opportunities to work with Dallas area musicians, most notably Adonis Rose, Brad Leali and Shelley Carroll. After his undergraduate studies Chernikoff relocated to the Bay Area to work with the great musicians in his area of origin, including great artists such as John Shifflett, Jason Lewis, Vince Lateano, and many others.
Since moving to New York, Chernikoff has maintained ties in both NYC and the Bay Area, while forging a path for his own ensemble through engagements in NYC clubs such as Whynot Jazz Room, DROM, Kitano Jazz Club, Metropolitan Room, Caffe Vivaldi, Somethin' Jazz Club, The Shrine, and many other venues.
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