Haldeman grew up in Ann Arbor and received his early musical training at Community High, learning jazz from Mike Grace. He then moved to Chicago, where he graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and was involved with some of the more adventurous members of the local jazz scene there. His ability to play in any context while retaining an indefinable personal style has served him well. The Chicago "avant" scene is characterized by a sense of experimentation and adventure that is rooted in a respect for tradition, with particular attention to local musical history. Among the many groups that Haldeman participated in during his Chicago sojourn was Mike Reed's People, Places and Things, which takes a contemporary look at the Windy City jazz and blues tradition, reinterpreting compositions from the 1950s and 1960s, as well as Reed originals. Now that Haldeman is back in Ann Arbor, he mostly sticks to more traditional fare; it would be good to hear his more adventurous side every now and then.
Tim Haldeman returns to the Elks Lodge with a trio on Friday, January 3, and he's at Rush Street as a member of Legendary Wings on the other Fridays and all the Sundays in January.
[Originally published in January, 2014.]