Tim Coffman is one of the most active trombonists and teachers in the Chicago area. A graduate of the prestigious Jazz Studies program at Indiana University, Mr. Coffman worked closely with David Baker. He was awarded the Performer’s Certificate after his Senior Recital.
Mr. Coffman is in demand for studio and show work and has performed with Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Andy Williams, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, The Tempatations, Louie Bellson, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Frank Wess, Bassist Ron Carter, Johnny Griffin, Kurt Elling, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Tom Harrell, Johnny Mathis, Paul Anka, Al Jarreau, Henry Mancini, Stevie Wonder, Diane Schur, Jimmy Heath, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Joe Lovano, Lennie Niehaus, Slide Hampton and many others. He performed in the pit for the world premiere of “The Producers” and also performed with the Chicago Symphony playing Lead Trombone in the Duke Ellington “Nutcracker.” He also performed on the recording of “Porgy and Bess” featuring Clark Terry and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra which was nominated for Jazz Album of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. In 2009, Mr. Coffman performed with the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany for two weeks, with special guest Arturo Sanduval.
Mr. Coffman is in his 18th year as a member of Jazz Studies faculty at DePaul University. There he teaches Jazz Trombone, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History, Low Brass Techniques and coaches Jazz Combos. Before teaching at DePaul, he taught at New Trier High School as the trombone instructor and directed several Jazz Improvisation classes from 1990-2001. He was a regular member of the Rob Parton Big Band and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble formerly led by Jon Faddis and Dana Hall. He is now a member of the New Standard Jazz Orchestra.
Mr. Coffman is a Conn/Selmer artist/clinician and has performed/adjudicated at various high schools, Jazz Festivals and Universities including: Evanston HS, Rolling Meadows HS, Mundelein HS, Oak Park-River Forest HS, Wheeling HS, Purdue University, Furman University, The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, The University of New Mexico, DePauw University, The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Ball State University and many others. He completed his first recording entitled Crossroads, available on the Blujazz label. In the summer, he teaches at the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp at the University of Louisville. He just finished his 22nd year at the camp. Mr. Coffman is married to Becky and has two children, Daniel and Sarah, all musicians.