Chris Tyle's Recordings
The following is just a sampling of Tyle's recorded output. For more titles click here.
The first four titles listed here are available to purchase through Paypal.
Chris Tyle's Pacific Players
"Streets and Scenes of New Orleans"
"Jelly's Best Jam"
"New Orleans Composers"
CD's listed below are available from other online sources.
"New Orleans Wiggle"
"Without You for An Inspiration, Mr. Ory"
Mike Owen's Woodland Jazz Band
"Dancing the Jelly Roll"
Down Home Jazz Band
"Here Comes the Hot Tamale Man"
"California, Here I Come"
Hal Smith's Rhythmakers
"Take Me to the Midnight Cakewalk Ball"
John Gill's Dixieland Serenaders
"Rhythm is Our Business"
Duke Heitger and His Swing Band
"A Tribute to Bunk & Joe"
Gambit Jazzmen of England
"Dawn Club Joys"
Down Home Jazz Band with Bob Helm
"Lee Gunness Sings the Blues"
Hal Smith's Creole Sunshine Jazz Band
"New Orleans Jazz: The Early Years, 1935-1936"
Arrowhead Jazz Band
"An expert on early jazz." Trumpet Kings by Scott Yanow*
Chris Tyle is a multi-instrumentalist performing classic jazz -- jazz from the very beginnings in New Orleans up until the bebop era of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.
Tyle's work delves into the genre of classic jazz rather than the sometimes confusing term "dixieland." With his Silver Leaf Jazz Band he has recorded critically-acclaimed tributes to jazz pioneers:
A track from his tribute album to Bunk Johnson "The Smiler," ("Make Me a Pallet on the Floor") was featured in Episode One of Ken Burns' documentary Jazz.
For more than 30 years Tyle has researched the history of jazz music. As a performer he is comfortable working in groups whose styles range from ragtime to West Coast Revival, New Orleans to Chicago, New Orleans Revival to swing. He has performed on over 50 recordings.
Just a few of the groups he has performed and recorded with...
Tyle is also a respected jazz educator. For five years he was a faculty member of the America's Finest Dixieland Jazz Festival Adult Jazz Camp and also has appeared as a guest lecturer.
As a knowledgeable writer and researcher, he is currently writing for an excellent jazz resource online, Jazz Standards.com.
Since leaving New Orleans in 2002, Tyle has worked frequently as a "sub" with a number of popular traditional groups, including:
In addition to leading the Silver Leaf Jazz Band, Tyle is currently the regular drummer with the Titanic Jazz Band; clarinetist/leader of the newly-formed quintet Chris Tyle's Pacific Players; and is cornetist/musical director of Combo de Luxe, which performs in the Pacific Northwest.
Chris Tyle's Silver Leaf Jazz Band's recording New Orleans Wiggle received the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD 2003 highest award, four stars and a special 'crown' recognition! For the complete review, click here.
On drums, Tyle has the respect of many of his colleagues for his keen musicality and knowledge of classic jazz drum styles. He's shown here with Banu Gibson's New Orleans Hot Jazz, in Germany in 1988. Left to right: David Boeddinghaus, piano; David Sager, trombone; Banu Gibson, vocal; James Singleton, string bass; Charlie Fardella, cornet; Tyle, drums.
Chris Tyle's Silver Leaf Jazz Band at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, May 1999. Left to right: Mike Owen, trombone; Bill Evans, string bass; Chris Tyle, cornet; Hal Smith, drums; Tom Fischer, clarinet.
In July and August, 2003, Tyle toured Denmark and Sweden with New Orleans Delight, a band based in Denmark performing New Orleans Jazz. The tour included performances at:
For more photos of New Orleans Delight's tour with Chris Tyle, click here.
*Trumpet Kings, by Scott Yanow, Backbeat Books, San Francisco, 2001.