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Rising Star: Tyler Summers

Nashville based Singer/Songwriter/Musician Tyler Summers is a graduate of the University of North Texas where he spent two years playing with the GRAMMY winning One O’Clock Lab Band. An active musician and arranger in the Nashville music scene, Tyler has shared the stage with Aretha Franklin, Feist, Spoon, Johnny Reid, The O’Jays, 5th Dimension, Natalie Grant, Lee Ann Womack, and B Reith, among others. He has appeared on The Letterman Show, The Today Show, The Dove Awards, The Canadian Country Music Awards, and in front of over 45,000 people at the CMA Festival in Nashville, TN.

Tyler Summers - PressAs a songwriter, Tyler’s song “Mirror of a Man” was awarded for “Outstanding Lyrics” in American Songwriter Magazine. In 2008, he was commissioned to arrange and perform “Oh Canada” at the opening of the British Columbia Pavilion prior to the Beijing Olympics.

Originally from Langley, BC, Tyler was named “Rising Star” by Canada’s National Jazz Awards. As a clinician and educator, he has been involved in the Envision Jazz Festival, the Brandon Jazz Festival, Yamaha Music School, Trinity Western University, and the annual awarding of the Fraser MacPherson Scholarship.


Tyler Summers - Hotel Indigo

Trying to define an artist’s sound can almost be a challenge; the truest sign of the kind of passion and insight that propels a long-term career is an unwillingness to be pigeonholed. Limits are useful, but only as a temporary measure of progress. And so, the Maxwell Winters project is stretching out and readying itself to claim some new ground.

Multi-instrumentalist Tyler Summers, an award-winning writer (American Songwriter Magazine’s Outstanding Lyricist) and saxophonist (National Jazz Awards’ Rising Star) has been building a fortress of sound- first in Toronto, then New York City, and now Nashville. Taking elements from his home cities as well as the countless venues and places he’s toured, Summers has been building on the foundation of woodwinds in his previous work, expanding outward to find a sound that finds the throughline of a life and career that started in Langley, British Columbia, but has since gone around the world.

Maxwell Winters - Explosions in the SkyWith the countless artists who’ve ascended into the limelight on YouTube hits and industry muscle, honing your craft and paying dues can seem almost quaint. But there’s nothing quaint about the time it takes to build a name and reputation; and if you’ve heard some of frontman Summers’ work in recent years, it’s due to that time. Whether working as a sideman for Feist, Lee Ann Womack, Spoon, or Johnny Reid, performing over two hundred shows across North America (including performances on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Today Show), cutting loose with his own jazz Trio, and even performing the Canadian national anthem in Beijing before the opening of the 2008 Olympics, Summers has been evolving as a writer and performer with each note played and with every mile traveled.

You could call the Maxwell Winters experience a mesh of the sounds that Duncan Sheik, Bon Iver, and Joshua Radin have been doing, but that’s just the sketch. To see the whole picture, you have to listen. The evidence is right there before you, decoded from digital files, spinning on an aluminum disc, or best yet, live and in front of you. Maxwell Winters is the edge of smooth. And only just getting started.


Tyler Summers Trio - Press

After a several year hiatus spent delving into individual projects, the Tyler Summers Trio is back with their sophomore release, due out October 27th. Canadian born, Nashville-based saxophonist Tyler Summers (Galaxie Rising Star at the National Jazz Awards) co-leads the group, which includes New York City’s Matt Wigton, and former Maynard Ferguson drummer and musical director, Stockton Helbing. The band originally formed in 1999 at the University of North Texas, where all three members enjoyed time playing with the Grammy-winning One O’Clock Lab Band. The Tyler Summers Trio went on to record their debut album “Trinity”, and “Freedom and Jealousy” with Canadian trumpeter Paul Tynan. The latest release, a special edition album entitled “Live at the Cellar”, features two of Canada’s premier jazz musicians, Brad Turner and David Braid. The group officially celebrates the release of the album on tour this fall with stops in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.

Source: Tyler Summers Bio

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