Tim Warfield, Jr., a native of York, Pennsylvania, began studying the alto saxophone at age nine. He switched to tenor saxophone during his first year at William Penn Sr. High School where he participated in various musical ensembles and won many jazz soloist awards, including second out of forty competitors at the Montréal Festival of Music. After high school, Warfield attended Howard University in Washington, DC for two years before leaving to lead and co-lead groups in the Central Pennsylvania and Baltimore/Washington areas. In 1991 Warfield placed third at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition held at the Smithsonian Institution.
Warfield has made several television appearances including the Today Show, Bill Cosby’s You Bet Your Life (where he was a member of the house band until 1992), and Ted Turner’s 1998 Trumpet Awards. Additionally, he has made numerous stage appearances with Donald Byrd, Michelle Rosewoman, Marcus Miller, Marlon Jordan, James Williams, Christian McBride, Winard Harper, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Coryell, Dakota Staton, Johnny Coles, Leslie Burrs, Isaac Hayes, Peter Nero, Shirley Scott, Jimmy Smith, Billy Paul, Kenny Barron, Nicholas Payton, Charles Fambrough, Eric Reed, Carl Allen, Terell Stafford, Stefon Harris, Orrin Evans, The Newport Millennium All Stars, “Papa” John Defrancesco, Edgar Bateman, Joey Defrancesco, Claudio Raggazzi, Derrick Gardner and the Jazz Prophets, Trudy Pitts, Dana Hall, and others.
ROBINSON FAMILY VISITING JAZZ ARTISTS
A residency made possible by the Robinson Family Fund, established by Ward Robinson (’19 PBC Jazz, ’10 MPH) and Pamela Pittman, is bringing three jazz luminaries to UNCG’s School of Music this year. Saxophonist Julieta Eugenio, Trumpeter Marcus Printup, and Saxophonist Tim Warfield will come to Greensboro for residencies with students and concerts which will be open to the public.