L.A. Session bassist on upcoming album and touring with Billy Cobham
Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
June 11, 2018
L.A. session man Tim Landers’ resume is filled with the names of memorable popular artists like Tori Amos, Vince Neil, Tracy Chapman, Beyonce, John Tesh and Gladys Knight. But it’s his work in the jazz and jazz fusion realms that he may be best known for. The Berklee-educated bassist has been a member of Billy Cobham’s Glass Menagerie band, Vital Information and the short-lived Crimson Jazz Trio, which reinterpreted the music of King Crimson. And he’s also played and recorded with luminaries like Al Di Meola, Gil Evans, Mike Stern, Tiger Okoshi, Bill Frisell and Michael Brecker.
Landers has also made a splash in the world of television, recording scores for shows like Friends, Cheers, Just Shoot Me and Entertainment Tonight. In addition to his work as a bassist, Landers is also a composer, producer, engineer and educator; he’s earned Grammy and Dove nominations for his songwriting and production work and teaches regularly at the L.A. College of Music.
FBPO’s Jon Liebman caught up with him during a recent stop with Billy Cobham at the Jazz Cafe in Detroit’s Music Hall for a conversation that covered gigs, gear and an upcoming instrumental album.
Watch our interview with Tim!