About Timothy Solook
Get to know Timothy Solook
Tim Solook is a working drummer whose talent to adapt to a variety of musical styles is always in demand.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Tim studied music in Philadelphia and New York City, receiving his BM degree from the Manhattan School of Music. While studying at MSM, Tim took private instruction from jazz drumming great Joe Morello and vibist David Friedman. Upon graduating, Tim studied vibes with Caribbean Jazz Project’s Dave Samuels.
Collectively these associations have molded a solid musical foundation for Tim’s style. Over the last 30 years, Tim has performed everywhere from the Newport Jazz Festival, Saratoga, NY, Continental Arena, Rutherford, NJ, and the Roxy in Los Angeles to the Jazz Keller in Frankfurt, Germany. He has recorded four nationally distributed CD’s with Houston jazz pianist Joe LoCascio.
While living in Houston, Tim performed with celebrated jazz musicians Paul English, Tianna Hall, Freddie Hubbard, Kirk Whalum, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Emily Remler, Dave Leibman, Roseanna Vitro, Billy Stritch, Monty Alexander, Tim Hagans, Randy Brecker, Conrad Herwig and Diane Shuur. From 1996 to 2002 and 2008 to 2013 Tim held the position of percussion instructor at Houston Community College.
In 2002 Tim moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for 5 years, where he performed extensively with local greats including Aaron Lington, John Worley, Larry Dunlap, Anton Schwartz, Jamie Davis, Gerry Grosz, and Kurt Ribak. He was a faculty member for the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the San Jose Jazz Society Jazz Camps at
San Jose State University. Tim has released 4 CDs of original compositions, “Ability” in 2005, “Comfortable Blues” in 2013, “Jacksonville Rd.” in 2018, and the newest “Delete Event” in 2020. Tim continues to perform, compose and teach in Houston, TX.