"I've always felt privileged to have been raised a musician in Chicago."

Earliest influence? Count Basie. "His simple, swinging jazz feel appealed to me as a child."


8 years with Catholic nuns and 6 years with Jesuits interspersed with 14 years of piano lessons, 6 years organ, 3 years accordion and 4 years band provided many lessons for growth. Born July 18, 1956, St Catherine of Sienna grade school, St. Ignatius high school (Chicago). Higher education: Bachelor of Music from North Park University in Chicago (1980). Masters in Piano from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Il (1983). Course work for a Doctorate in Pedagogy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Il (1985).


The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, - Chicago - "The home of the blues", the singular Chicago Jazz scene along with folk, roots rock and life in the late 60's and early 70's gave Tim a wondrous emersion in musical influence, allowing him to create a “Language through the piano”, speaking all sounds of music.  Professional career now spanning 45 years has taken Tim around the world as a performer. Highlights include many classical piano recitals and solo jazz piano performances, Ravinia Festival (summer home of the Chicago Symphony) Piano Master Classes with Paul Skoda, Menahem Pressler and Misha Dichter, Orchestra Halls in both Chicago and Minneapolis, House of Blues (Chicago), Ragtime pianist in the Nickelodeon Theatre (Chicago Museum of Science and Industry), standout Chicago jazz clubs; Andy's, The Green Mill, My Apartment Lounge and many others, having played with Joe Henderson, Von Freeman and other jazz greats. Performed on TV with blues legend Buddy Guy at his Chicago club Legends. 

"Tim, you've raised cruising to a higher level, thanks" - Gavin McCloud - Captain of the Love Boat! (After watching Tim's Ragtime Piano Concert)

Currently, Tim divides his time between collaboration with other musicians and working alone at the computer. Creating his current release “Tim Barton at the Piano” and designing web-sites and TimBartonPiano.com is building towards Tim’s goal of providing music, travel and learning for everyone.


2016 "Tim Barton at the Piano" tour de force of Tim's music production.

2005 "Branches" solo piano, featuring past jazz singer and friend Elaine Hamilton (sold 3000 copies).

1998 "Straight Arrow" with Chicago jazz players Brad Goode, Nick Schneider, Rusty Jones and Dana Hall.

1990 "Contemporary Jazz Piano Trio" with late great bassist/friend Thomas Kini (New Zealand Mauri).