Tim Koss

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Tim Koss is a musician based in the Seattle-Everett area of Washington state in the United States. He is a bassist, singer, composer, and recording artist who has performed since the early 1970s with a variety of jazz, rock and classical groups, and focuses on the classic jazz [1] styles of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Koss has performed with Ray Charles, Ernestine Anderson, Diane Schuur, The Ventures, The Fleetwoods, Tony Monte (accompanist and arranger for Judy Garland, Johnny Hartman, Steve Allen, Tony Bennett), and many Northwest musicians. Originally from Seattle, he moved to Everett, Washington in 1981 and has performed with local jazz musicians at many locations throughout the Pacific Northwest.[ citation needed ]

Ray Charles American musician

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Ernestine Anderson American jazz and blues singer

Ernestine Anderson was an American jazz and blues singer. In a career spanning more than six decades, she recorded over 30 albums. She was nominated four times for a Grammy Award. She sang at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival, as well as at jazz festivals all over the world. In the early 1990s she joined Qwest Records, the label of fellow Garfield High School grad Quincy Jones.

Diane Schuur American jazz musician

Diane Joan Schuur, nicknamed "Deedles", is an American jazz singer and pianist. As of 2015, Schuur had released 23 albums, and had extended her jazz repertoire to include essences of Latin, gospel, pop and country music. Her most successful album is Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra, which remained number one on the Billboard Jazz Charts for 33 weeks. She won Grammy Awards for best female jazz vocal performance in both 1986 and 1987 and has had three other Grammy nominations.

Now retired, Koss performed with the Everett Symphony Orchestra for over 26 years. He currently performs with jazz groups in the Seattle-Everett area, from concert halls to formal receptions to coffee houses. According to Koss' CD cover, "When I came to Everett, I had no idea of the depth of talent in this area. I feel lucky to have been associated with many talented and fun musicians and friends."

Koss has composed over 100 pieces for jazz performance. In 1998 he released his first CD, Home Run, a collection of thirteen original tunes representing a variety of standard jazz styles. Featured guest artists include the legendary British jazz/rock keyboardist Brian Auger and LA studio drummer Ralph Penland. Home Run has received airplay on Northwest radio stations and satellite system broadcasts.[ citation needed ]

Koss’ second CD released in 2001, Daddyo's Double Play,contains 12 more original tunes and 3 jazz standards. The tunes range in style from Latin-jazz, to sultry ballads, to 50's bebop.[ citation needed ]

In addition to his CD's, Koss' music can be heard on the soundtracks of Judd Nelson's film "Sex and Bullets" released in 2001 and Eric Robert’s film “Killer Weekend” released in 2004.


  1. Vintners offer grape chance to aid college, Seattle Times, October 27, 2004 ("An art show from the college and jazz by the Tim Koss Group are also featured. ")