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Congratulations To A Worthy Winner—Tyler Gilmore

February 4, 2009

Tyler Gilmore has won the 2009 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award (see the NEWS item elsewhere on this website). He has also won the even more prestigious commission by the ASCAP Jazz Commissioning Program for a new work as the composer selected in the Emerging Jazz Composer Category. On Feb. 20 in Chicago his piece will be premiered under the directorship of Jon Faddis, in honor of the life, work, and 90th Birthday of composer and pianist Hank Jones.

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Tyler is a young Denver musician who runs his own big band, the 9th + Lincoln Orchestra, which derives its name from the address of Denver’s premier Jazz club, Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge, where the 9th + Lincoln Orchestra appears regularly. 

Tyler writes most of the band’s charts; saxophonist and band member Wil Swindler has contributed some fine charts, too. The band has released a CD of all-original material that was recorded and mixed by Scott Griess at Mile High Music, a local recording studio co-owned by Scott and by Jeff Jenkins, one of Denver’s top pianists.

Scott (l) and Tyler in Mile High Music's Control Room


Tyler in Mile High Music's tracking room

Wil Swindler, sax and composition


Paul Romaine, Denver's A-list drummer


Trumpet section


Saxophone section


Trombone section

I am very happy for Tyler, this ASCAP award is much deserved; his compositions are modern in the best sense of the word, he has a highly developed sense of colors, of advanced harmony and of motific development, and he incorporates the occasional electronic sounds that take his music into creative new directions.

I’m sure his talented group of players will be equally happy for him, and I’m looking forward to hearing them at their next gig.

If you happen to be in the Denver area, come by the Mercury Café (2199 California Street) on Feb. 15, the band hits at 3PM.

Photos by Lorenz Rychner, all rights reserved.


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