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, through a process of purposeful discovery on the piano and composition. His works expand upon the progressive pallet of jazz to express personal discoveries and expressions, and their artistic empathy are further illuminated through his collaborations. In his budding career, the up-and-coming artist has had experiences across the US performing with world class musicians— in the Bay Area California, Dallas Fort Worth Texas, and New York City.
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. Always searching for a sound, he was equally motivated to absorb the influence of pivotal pianists of the craft, as he was to pick up the sounds of artists from other genres. While studying Jazz at the University of North Texas for his undergraduate degree, Chernikoff gained a deeper rooting in his craft and found his way to professional situations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area, with musicians of the caliber of Adonis Rose, Brad Leali and Shelley Carroll. Transitioning to his area of origin after college, his collaborations continued with artists such as bassists John Shifflett [Dave Liebman, Kurt Elling] and Frank Passantino [Count Basie Orchestra]; drummers Jason Lewis [Gary Burton, Mark Murphy] and Vince Lateano [Cal Tjader, Stan Getz]; and many others.
Since moving to New York and completing a Graduate degree at the Manhattan School of Music, Chernikoff has mixed with the established artists of NYC in its many jam sessions, while forging a path for his own ensemble through engagements in NYC clubs such as Rockwood Music Hall, Whynot Jazz Room [now Dominique Bistro], DROM, Kitano Jazz Club, Metropolitan Room, Caffe Vivaldi, Somethin’ Jazz Club, The Shrine, and many other venues.
The 2018-19 season sees Chernikoff in a new phase as he plans to release an album by the end of 2018. Check back for updates regarding the project, and release shows!