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Hauff, Tim (Timothy Andrew)

Hauff, Tim (Timothy Andrew), bass (primarily acoustic); b. Sioux City, Iowa, 15 January 1952. His father is Warren Hauff, born 1912, and his mother is Elizabeth Hauff, born 1918. His sister Sara Jane, born 1939, played drums. His sister Gretchen, born 1946, died, 1999, played alto saxophone. His brother David (1944-1981) played drums.

Tim studied classical bass with Murray Grodner, '83 and Robert Manning, '81-'83. Studied jazz bass with Don Haas, '82-'83, Chuck Israels, '84, Joe Henderson (theory and composition) '83-'85, Ron McClure, '81. He attended Diablo Valley College, 1978-80, getting an AA degree, San Jose State University, 1981-84, getting a BA degree and San Jose State University, 1984-90 for his MA degree. A combo he led won the 1983 Pacific Coast Jazz Festival for combos.

From 1974-94, lived in San Francisco Bay Area. Performed with Joe Henderson, Eddie Moore, Eddie Marshall, Mark Levine, Steve Turre, Norbert Stachel, Harvey Wainapel, Larry Porter, Julles Broussard, Snooky Young, Sam Most, Jeff Clayton, Merrill Hoover, Victor Lewis, George Young, Lew Soloff, David Matthews, and Vince Lataeno.

He recorded with John Handy, Eddie Henderson, Don Weed, Calvin Keys, Jeff Chimente, Brian Melvin, Danny Walsh, Gary Fisher, Peter Horvath, Richie Goldberg, Mark Little, Lewis Nash, Gaylord Birch, Mel Martin, Graham Bruce, Paul Mousavi, Steve Cardenas, Bob Bauer, Frank Samuels, Faye Carol,Donald Duck Bailey and Bruce Forman and with E.W. Wainwright and the African Roots of Jazz.

My musical career started long before my first professional job at age 16. I remember listening to my brother, Dave, who was six years older, practice his drums to big band records. He would use the top of my head as his practice pad for paradiddles as we watched TV. My older sisters both played saxophones. Our small town in Iowa had a music teacher, Joe Brice who started me playing clarinet when I was about 11 years old.
At age 15, a group of the guys in high school wanted to start a band because of the huge influences of R&B bands and the British rock movement of the 60's. The group already had a guitarist, so I remember taking the two top strings off my guitar to practice bass.

Through the band's guitarist, Al Schrank, I became a member of the Spectacle, an eight-piece R&B band. On the weekends we always worked and traveled throughout the Midwest: Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Nebraska in a big purple bus.  Every battle of the bands we entered, we would win. Our records never became famous although locally the community was proud of us. I'll never forget some of the songs we played such as; "Try a Little Tenderness," "Shake a Tail Feather," "My Girl," "Goin' Back to Miami," just like so many show bands of the 60's. Spectacle and its members have been inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I was on the road for three years out of high school when Uncle Sam called and I spent four years as a hospital corpsman in the Navy. The Navy taught me about responsibility. During the Navy I practiced my Fender Precision and bought my first acoustic bass, a white fiberglass Kay bass. At this time Jaco's solo album came out and blew me away as well as the whole bass community. Many hours were spent practicing his style and ideas.

University was where I started practicing incessantly on the upright. From about the year 1980, the acoustic bass became "my wife." I listened obsessively to everyone in jazz, everyone who had something to say. I transcribed many solos: Mingus, Chambers, Mraz, Sam Jones, Eddie Gomez, Ray Brown, Percy Heath, and many more. I was a sponge absorbing everything and everybody. I learned Charlie Parker heads such as; "Donna Lee," "Relaxin' at the Camarillo," "Scrapple from the Apple," etc. I practiced getting many heads under my fingers like "Spain," "Freedom Jazz Dance," and many more. I joined Nathaniel Callaway and Brotherly Love, a gospel group from East Oakland. We would play the various churches throughout the Oakland area.

When my brother Dave died in 1981, I realized the brevity of life. During my master's studies, I called Joe Henderson and asked him to take me as a student. Learning from Joe and just hanging around him was one of the most powerful forces influencing my passion for music. I learned Joe's compositions directly from him. Joe is my idol, mentor, and musical father.

Real development came after university on the job. I took all the influences from all the great bassists I so admired and studied: Carter, Buster, Duvivier, LaFaro, Mingus, Mraz, Sam Jones, etc.
My first group playing acoustic bass was with the Faye Carol Trio. This blues and jazz Oakland-based group included a wonderful drummer, Frank Samuels, and Bob Bauer, the pianist who did much transcription work for the Real Books in coordination with Chuck Sher Publishing. We had a trio with our own arrangements. During this two-year period, I played the acoustic bass without amplification.

The 80's and early 90's in the Bay Area introduced me to the jazz scene in the Oakland/San Francisco area. I did much freelancing and started relationships with such great players as: Eddie Henderson, Calvin Keys, John Handy, Pharoah Sanders, Graham Bruce, E. W. Wainwright, Brian Melvin, Duck Bailey, Gaylord Birch, Mark Little, Susan Moscarella, and especially Joe Henderson.

It is with great fortune that the Thai people are blessed with a wonderful King who is an avid jazz enthusiast, having recorded and played his reeds and extensive list of compositions with Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong among many others. He continues to give his approval to the promotion of jazz education and cultural events.  I came to Thailand June 1 st , 1994 straight from a gig in Stockholm at the Fasching Nightclub. I opened a club called Imageries. It wasn't long before I was playing nightly with many fine Russian players throughout the Bangkok hotel and club scene. We played Brown Sugar Nightclub, Dusit Thani, Swiss Arnoma, The Regent, Shangri La and various jazz festivals.  

I wrote a monthly full-page jazz article for over two years for the magazine, "Guide of Bangkok."   I had the pleasure of playing with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra for several months until I was given a much more lucrative job at Lord Jim's Restaurant in the Oriental Hotel. Lord Jim's was a very high society setting. We played for many American, Thai, and Chinese movie stars, and Prime Ministers. The Princess of Thailand sang "Misty" with our duo. It was these duo settings with Mel and Miguel that I increased my knowledge of standards enormously. We played compositions by so many composers, well known and obscure. Our repertoire included hundreds of songs still in my memory. We were very specific about developing the hippest harmonic changes that would suit the melody best.

I enjoyed my days teaching music and English throughout Thailand. Bangkok has been lucky to have some great musicians pass through town, some with whom I had the pleasure to play such as: Othello Molineau, Herbie Hancock, Bruce Forman, Lew Soloff, David Matthews, Victor Lewis, and Wayne Shorter.

He teaches bass privately.

His wife is Win, his daughter is Pearl, born 1997, his son is Tonwa Abraham Joseph, born 2000 and his other son is Tana David, born May, 2003.

Bibliography:
Hauff, Insights to Improvising for the Jazz Double Bassist (1984)
'96-'98:  Wrote a full-page monthly article about Jazz for the magazine - "Guide of  Bangkok".

Contact information:
Email: timhauff@yahoo.com
Permanent address: 614 Fourth, Merrill, Iowa, 51038
www.thejazzbassist.com

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