B i o g r a p h y
Tim Rachbach grew up in Tucson, AZ, where he began his love affair with drums at the age of 7. As a young boy, he was enthralled by the sounds of bands like R.E.M., Led Zeppelin, and The Who. During middle school, he developed an interest in jazz, which led him to join the highly acclaimed Tucson Jazz Institute (TJI). From 2010-2013, Tim was the drummer for the TJI Ellington Band, which won the Essentially Ellington competition twice in NYC, the Monterey Jazz Festival Next Gen Competition and the Downbeat award for outstanding high school honors jazz ensemble. In 2011, Tim had the opportunity to tour Europe and perform in prestigious jazz festivals in Italy, France, and Spain with TJI. Throughout high school, Tim was also the drummer for the top TJI combo, which won the Downbeat Award for outstanding honors small jazz ensemble in 2014.
Tim moved to New York City in 2013 to attend Manhattan School of Music (MSM) where he studied with master drummer John Riley. From 2014-2016, he played in the MSM Indian ensemble under tabla virtuoso Samir Chatterjee, from whom he also took private lessons. Additionally, as the drummer for the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) Jazz Band from 2014-2016, Tim had the opportunity to perform with acclaimed guest artists such as Lew Tabakin, Luis Bonilla, Jane Monheit and Robin Eubanks at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. In March 2016, Tim toured and performed with NYYS in Sao Paolo, Brazil, which piqued his interest in Brazilian percussion and prompted him to join the Brazilian combo at MSM under the direction of Rogerio Boccato.
While an undergraduate at MSM, Tim also performed many gigs around NYC. One of these groups, the Isak Gaines combo, was selected as the winner of the “undergraduate college small jazz ensemble” by Downbeat Magazine in 2016. He has studied privately with Kendrick Scott, Henry Cole, and Craig Weinrib. Tim graduated from MSM in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz.
He has had the opportunity to participate in many jazz workshops around the world including the Banff Jazz Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music in 2018 and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program in 2019.
His debut original album, "Under One Moon," is now available and features the talents of Adam O'Farrill, Xavier Del Castillo, Manuel Schmiedel, and Rick Rosato.
Tim has had the opportunity to work with many acclaimed artists such as Brice Winston, Robin Eubanks, James Moody, Rick Rosato, Manuel Schmiedel, Ben Van Gelder, Immanuel Wilkins, Matt Brewer, Yasushi Nakamura, Francesco Geminiani, Tyler Mitchell, Amina Figarova, Chris Finet, Tom Berkmann, Patrick Bartley, Noah Becker, Morgan Guerin, Micah Thomas, Tomoki Sanders, Tommaso Gambini, Perrin Grace, Addison Frei, Adam Larson, Michael Moynihan, Alex Goodman, Davy Mooney, Alex Frondelli, Rafael Rosa, Daryl Johns, Yoav Eshed, Chris Fishman, Hugh Stuckey, Collin Shook, Angelo Versace, Shai Golan, Julius Rodriguez, Orbert Davis, Jason Carder, Terrence Blanchard, and Jason Palmer.