Tim Ray

Instructor in Music
Tim Ray


M.M. New England Conservatory

B.M. Arizona State University


Tim Ray is perhaps best known as Tony Bennett’s most recent pianist and musical director, appearing in concerts with him until his retirement from singing in 2021. Featured on over 100 recordings to date, Tim has performed in concert with an extensive list of pop music icons, notably Lyle Lovett, Jane Siberry, Aretha Franklin, and Soul Asylum. He regularly performs with leading figures in the jazz world, among them Kurt Elling, Gary Burton, Esperanza Spalding, Phil Woods, Terri Lyne Carrington, Scott Hamilton, Dave Douglas, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Lewis Nash and Rufus Reid; and his classical credits include solo performances and concerts with Gunther Schuller, the Boston Pops, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Tim’s busy schedule has included frequent tours throughout the Americas, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has included performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center and the 1992 Presidential Inauguration. He has released 6 trio albums as a leader, most recently “Fire & Rain” (2023) and “Excursions & Adventures” (2020) featuring drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist John Patitucci. Tim is a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a professor on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music. For more info please visit AgitatedCatMusic.com.