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Tim Rachbach (BM Manhattan School of Music ’17) is an expressive jazz drummer, composer, and educator who has connected with audiences both in the US and internationally.  He has performed with ensembles that have won prestigious competitions such as Essentially Ellington, Monterey Next Gen Jazz, and Downbeat Magazine.  He was also selected individually to participate in the highly acclaimed Banff Workshop and Betty Carter Jazz Ahead.  Currently based in Los Angeles, Tim regularly performs with various talented local musicians.  He teaches drum lessons privately and is on staff at the Huston School of Performing Arts.  Tim has just released his 2nd original album entitled Kindred Spirits, available on all streaming services.


During high school, Tim was the drummer for the TJI Ellington Band, which toured Europe in 2011 and won top honors in multiple student jazz competitions, including the renowned Essentially Ellington Competition in NYC and the Monterey Next Gen Jazz Festival. His TJI combo won the Downbeat Magazine 2014 Student Award for Best Small Jazz Combo.  Tim was also selected for the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony in 2012.


Tim was drawn to NYC to pursue his music education after high school. He received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz in 2017 from the distinguished Manhattan School of Music (where he studied under master drummer John Riley).  While at MSM, he also played in the Indian Ensemble under tabla virtuoso Samir Chatterjee and the Brazilian Combo under the direction of Rogerio Boccato.  Additionally, he studied privately with drummers Kendrick Scott, Henry Cole, Craig Weinrib, and Marcus Gilmore.  In 2014, Tim was selected to be the drummer for the New York Youth Symphony Jazz Band, affording him the opportunity to perform at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and tour with the band in Brazil in 2016.  Tim was also actively engaged in gigging around NYC with various ensembles during his college years. One of the many groups he performed with, the Isak Gaines Combo, was named “best undergraduate college small jazz ensemble” by Downbeat Magazine in 2016.  In addition, Tim composed and released his first album, Under One Moon, while living and gigging in NYC.


Since moving to LA in 2019, Tim has been fortunate to perform with some amazing local musicians such as Marlon Martinez, Adam Hersh, Matt Yeakley, Devin Daniels and others.

He currently leads a combo which performs at the Silverlake Meadows most Sunday afternoons from 4:30-7.

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