Mount Airy is bringing in the Christmas spirit – the jazzy way.
Saxophonist Tim Warfield, along with other musicians, plans to perform at LaRose Jazz Club, 5531 Germantown Ave. on Saturday from 7-10 p.m.
Warfield, a native of York, began practicing the saxophone at the age of nine. He's participated in various musical events and won jazz soloist awards while he attended William Penn Senior High School. One of the awards he's won was second place, out of 40 competitors, at the Montreal Festival of Music in Canada.
“I’ve been chosen for nominations in various jazz publications,” Warfield said. “I placed third in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition at the Smithsonian Institution in 1991, and I recently received an artist award from Mayor Kim Bracey, the mayor of York.”
After Warfield graduated, he attended Howard University and left after two years to lead, as well as co-lead groups in central Pennsylvania, Baltimore and Washington.
“Any groups that I led, were groups I led solely, organized under my own volition,” he said.
In 1990, he got chosen to be a member of the Marlon Jordan Quintet, and was later selected to record “Tough Young Tenors,” which was later listed as one of the top ten recordings of the year by the New York Times. Warfield also joined the Jazz Futures, a world-touring group created by George Wein to display jazz stars in the making.
“Marlon Jordan and I stay in touch,” Warfield said. “He’s responsible for my start as a professional touring musician, the result of him asking me to join his group when he signed with CBS/Sony. I recently performed with him at this past summer’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.”
Warfield has made plenty of television appearances throughout his career, including the “Today Show,” Bill Cosby’s "You Bet Your Life" show and Ted Turner's 1998 Trumpet Awards. He has performed with Donald Byrd, Michelle Rosewoman, Marcus Miller, James Williams, Christian McBride, The Harper Brothers, Dizzy Gillespie, Isaac Hayes and more.
“Playing music, generally speaking is a never-ending learning process,” Warfield said. “The experience– sometimes good; every once in a while, not so good – but always new. There is always something to learn.”
Currently, Warfield is serving as a board member, as well as the music committee chairman for the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz. He also serves as artist-in-residence at Messiah College in Grantham, and recently joined the adjunct faculty at the Temple University Music Department, in Philadelphia.
“Simply put, it's a rather intimate part of me of which I'm able to share,” Warfield said. “Understanding that music is probably one of the oldest rituals of commune that we possess as human beings, it's very important.”