Tim Luntzel was born and raised in Palo Alto, California where at the age of 11 he began playing the bass guitar. In high school, repeated and involuntary exposure to the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington eventually led to a fledgling enthusiasm for jazz, manifesting itself in scholarships to the Monterey Jazz Camp, the coveted Louis Armstrong Award, a tour of Europe and enrollment at the Berklee College of Music. In 1994, while still at Berklee, Tim undertook the study of the double-bass, garnering further scholarship dough for his seeming ease in handling this very difficult transition.
Tim went on to lead the popular and critically acclaimed Venus Band and play a pivotal role in the founding of the forward-looking hip-hop band Red Time, at the same time freelancing for artists like George Garzone, Frank Tiberi and Danilo Perez. In 1998 Tim moved to Brooklyn and shared a stage with with Captain & Tennille, Rosanne Cash, Natalie Cole, Rodney Crowell, John Doe, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Paul Shaffer, and won a Grammy in 2010 for for Loudon Wainwright's album The Charlie Pool Project. Look for his own soul-jazz sextet, the Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout.
"It just sounds good! Kind of heavy, but I think that's why they last longer, and the lifetime warranty is a clear and simple statement of their commitment. Good work!"
- Tim Luntzel