Tim Hagans

Tim Hagans

Musicians | Instrument: Trumpet | Location: New York City

Hagans has proven to be a master compositional architect in more formal settings, but his ability to let loose with this small group is the key to its success. The Moon is Waiting is a marvel of elastic expressions from one of the most shrewd and intelligent minds in jazz today.

—Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

Updated: January 14, 2023

Born: August 19, 1954

Three time Grammy nominated composer and trumpeter Tim Hagans performs and records with the Tim Hagans Quartet and as a guest composer, conductor and soloist with the NDR Bigband and other large ensembles.

His most recent CD, A Conversation (Waiting Moon Records 2021), an all-new, original multi-movement concerto performed by Hagans and the NDR Bigband was the June 2021 Editor's Pick in Downbeat Magazine. This collaboration was the subject of a feature documentary: “A Week In Hamburg: Rehearsing & Performing Tim Hagans’ A Conversation.”

His CD FACES UNDER THE INFLUENCE, A Jazz Tribute to John Cassavetes (2017 Waiting Moon Records) is a suite of 7 musical portraits inspired by characters from the films of John Cassavetes. The recording features the NDR Bigband in Hamburg with Mr. Hagans as guest composer, conductor and trumpet soloist. Downbeat writes: “Hagans himself shines as the braying Richard Forst in Faces. Hagans suite underscores the sadness and confusion, empathy and hope in Cassavetes’ gritty works with accuracy and honesty.”

Tim Hagans was nominated for Grammy awards for Best Instrumental Composition for “Box of Cannoli” from THE AVATAR SESSIONS (2010 Fuzzy Music); Best Contemporary Jazz CD for RE*ANIMATION (2000 Blue Note) and ANIMATION IMAGINATION (1999 Blue Note). Tim Hagans is the featured soloist on the soundtrack by Howard Shore for the movie The Score, starring Robert DeNiro and Marlon Brando. In June 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of music from the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Tim Hagans has performed and recorded with Thad Jones, Ernie Wilkins, Gary Peacock, Joe Lovano, Bob Belden and Dexter Gordon. It was Thad Jones who encouraged Tim to write music, and Hagans' first composition appeared on a Thad Jones Eclipse LP.

For three years he was a member of the Stan Kenton Orchestra. For fifteen years he was artistic director and composer-in-residence for the Norrbotten Big Band, traveling to Sweden to perform, conduct and arrange projects with guests including Rufus Reid, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, and Dave Liebman. THE AVATAR SESSIONS CD features music he created during that tenure, performed by Tim Hagans, the Norrbotten Big Band, and the above mentioned guest artists.

Tim Hagans was the recipient of the 2008 IAJE/ASCAP Established Composer commission and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Composition Grant. Other notable commissions include the Barent’s Composers Orchestra in 2009; NDR Bigband in 2001, 2004, 2013, 2016 & 2017; Norrbotten Chamber Orchestra in 2003, 2007 and 2014.

In 2007 he began performing and composing for the Michele Brangwen Dance & Music Ensemble, a contemporary dance company dedicated to the use of live original music in performance and the integration of musicians into the stage imagery.

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(Waiting Moon Records 2021)

June 2021 Editor's Pick in Downbeat Magazine.


(Waiting Moon Records 2017)
Hagans’ suite underscores the sadness and confusion, empathy and hope in

Cassavetes’ gritty works with accuracy and honesty.
- Fred Boucahrd, Downbeat

“Lelia” the grand opening number, captures the proto-hipster, post-noir vibe of Shadows...”Harry, Archie & Gus,” the main men of Husbands (the director himself among them), are given to an alternatively swinging and swaggering theme, and the man of the hour, in the finale, is defined by moments of sheer chaos and unsullied delicacy, a fitting tribute indeed.

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New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only


Private lessons in improvistaion and composition via skype: $175 for 1 and 1/2 hours. $125 for an hour. First lesson needs to be 1 1/2 hours and subsquent lessons can be either 1 1/2 hours or a hour.



Lydia Liebman Promotions

Two Islands III

From: Atwood Suites
By Tim Hagans

Tuesday Overture

From: At This Time
By Tim Hagans

Tim Hagans Albums