SideBar Sessions with Ellen Germaine/Tim McNamara Group
Born in Oak Lawn, Illinois, Tim McNamara started on piano and switched to saxophone in high school. Originally pursuing an engineering degree at UIUC, his love of jazz was fostered there by Sinclair Greenwell (“Guido Sinclair”). Returning to Chicago 1992, he finished a degree in Jazz Studies at DePaul University (‘95).
He has performed with Jon Faddis, Branford Marsalis, Phil Woods, Benny Carter, Frank Wess, Bob Mintzer, Nancy Wilson, Doc Severinsen, Larry Nozero, Buddy DeFranco and Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, the Four Tops, Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, Frankie Valli and Aaron Neville. He has also accompanied a variety of Broadway shows and the Milwaukee and Rockford Symphonies. After releasing a cd of original compositions, he is working on a cd with his wife Ellen Germaine.
Additionally, Tim teaches instrumental lessons and coaches jazz combos and orchestra at FWParker School in Chicago.
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