Tim Ray, perhaps best known as Lyle Lovett's pianist for over 15 years, has been an active and in-demand jazz artist since 1978. He tours and records with the internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Jane Siberry, and often performs with the leading jazz musicians in the New York and New England areas, including Gary Burton, Scott Hamilton, Oliver Lake, Harvie Swartz, John Abercrombie, Bucky Pizzarelli, Duke Robillard, George Garzone, and Tiger Okoshi. Mr. Ray regularly performs, records, and tours with vocalists Donna Byrne, Mili Bermejo, and Lisa Thorson, and with Cercie Miller's quartet from the Boston area. His busy performance schedule has included numerous tours throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has included performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, and virtually all the major jazz festivals in the US, Canada, and Central America.
Mr. Ray is a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has performed numerous times on The Tonight Show (Johnny Carson, Jay Leno), Late Night with David Letterman, and other national broadcasts. Mr. Ray has appeared on over 50 recordings, and released his first CD, Ideas and Opinions (GM Recordings), in 1997, which featured drummer Lewis Nash and bassist Rufus Reid. His second CD, Tre Corda, was released in the spring of 2003, and includes Greg Hopkins on trumpet and Eugene Friesen on cello. He received his MA in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory, and taught as an Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music until 1997.