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Tim Chernikoff’s music is described by pianist Stefan Karlsson of the Eddie Gomez Trio as “original, true and honest . . . a musician of extremely high caliber". Having shared the stage with artists such as Christian McBride, Dave Leibman, Adonis Rose, Taylor Eigsti and Dayna Stephens, Chernikoff is becoming a recognizable musical voice in the New York jazz scene. His own compositions, described by veteran pianist and composer Dan Hearle as “extremely inventive”, combine memorable melodies with a deep harmonic concept, allowing for an unpredictable poignance and cathartic improvisation framed within a rhythmic concept that fuses swing, rock, funk, afro-cuban and R&B styles.
Chernikoff has performed in numerous venues all around the San Francisco Bay Area, including the area’s legendary jam session at the Grant and Green Saloon hosted by trumpet player Mike Olmos; the San Jose Jazz Festival inside of the San Jose Tech Museum with the Stanford Jazz Workshop Student All-Stars; fundraising events for the San Jose Jazz Society; and at the Stanford Jazz Festival as accompanist for the Stanford Jazz Workshop vocal program. In the Dallas / Fort Worth, Texas area, Chernikoff has performed in some of the area’s premiere venues including the Scat Jazz Lounge in Fort Worth with the Adonis Rose Krewe of Swing; the Sweetwater Tavern in Denton with the Brad Leali Jazz Orchestra; Hailey’s Club in Denton with local rock group The Sweatervescence, winner of the 2010 Downbeat Student Award for best rock group; and the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival with the North Texas Three O’Clock Lab Band, led by alto saxophonist Brad Leali. In New York City where he currently resides, he has performed at venues such as Shrine World Music, the Local 269 and the Lime Leaf restaurant.
Posessing a musical versatility that allows him to exist in genres other than improvisational jazz, Chernikoff brings to the table professional experience in musical theater, recordings for educational media, and appearances in cinematic works. In December 2011, he recorded a version of Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude for an episode of a PBS mini-series titled “Futurestates”, which appeared in the Tribeca Film Festival in March 2012 and Comic-con Independent Film Festival in July 2012.
Chernikoff holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of North Texas with the Mark M. Haerle Scholarship in Jazz Studies, where he studied with private teachers Stefan Karlsson [Eddie Gomez Trio] and Dan Haerle, as well as alto saxophonist Brad Leali. He currently attends the Manhattan School of Music in pursuance of his Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance, studying with artists such as saxophonist Dave Leibman and pianist Phil Markowitz.