Tim Welvaars (1951, Amsterdam/Holland) has played and recorded with Stevie Wonder, Toots Thielemans, Kenny Burrell, Jose Feliciano, Ray Brown, Mel Lewis, Lee Ritenour, Jan Akkerman, The London Symphonic Orchestra, The Metropole Orchestra and many others.
As Toots Thielemans’ first and only student, Tim is continuously passing on his skill, as well as his love for music in general and the chromatic harmonica in particular. Tim has had the honor of replacing both Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder in the studio, as well as being the only (other) harmonica player to be featured at Toots’ 75th birthday concert. As a result, Toots has named Tim as a likely “successor”.
As an artist, Tim has recorded 28 solo cd’s, and is featured as a soloist on over 300 cd’s. On FUN-KEY, his latest album, he is accompanied by Toots’ former band (Karel Boehlee, Hans van Oosterhout & Marcel Schimscheimer). Besides chromatic harmonica, Tim plays saxophone and piano and is an active composer, arranger, conductor and producer.
Above all, Tim loves teaching. He has been long connected to the Hilversum Conservatory as the director of the Jazz Preparatory Course. As a private instructor Tim is very selective in the students he takes on. Tims love for teaching results in an approach that is clear, motivating and above all: inspiring.