Tyler Luppi had his first musical
lessons for piano from his grandmother in North Haven, Connecticut at
age 8. Later, he and his family moved to Woodstock, Connecticut where
he picked up electric bass at age 13 and received lessons from Jim
Perry for bass and piano.
While attending Woodstock Academy,
Tyler was the Connecticut Music Educators Association Eastern
Regional Jazz Bassist at age 17., where he found a true passion for
jazz music from the inspirational playing of his fellow musicians and
instructors. Months later, full of focus and drive, he picked up the
acoustic bass and attended the Litchfield Jazz Camp, where he
received his first lessons in jazz. From 2009-2010, he was awarded
the CMEA Eastern Regional Jazz Bassist title again, this time on
acoustic bass, received the soloist award for his ensemble at the
Berklee High School Jazz Festival, graduated from Woodstock Academy,
and began his enrollment at the University of Connecticut. studying
classical and jazz bass with Gregg August.
Since then, Tyler has performed as a
leader and a sideman in several ensembles, including his jazz
recording debut in 2011 with the “Orice Jenkins Trio” on the
album Journals of a Teenage Chormaticist.
During his two years of study at the
University of Connecticut, Tyler has learned his fundamentals of the
jazz language from Earl MacDonald, Gregg August, and John Mastroianni
in many unique classes and ensembles.
Tyler was a residential assistant, and
most recently a bass ringer, at the Litchfield Jazz Camp from
2009-2011. Through this experience, he worked with and learned from
jazz greats such as Avery Sharpe, Junior Mance, Charlie Persip, Joris
Teepe, Dave Brubeck, Matt Wilson, Pat Martino, Helen Sung, Claudio
Roditi and countless others. This is also where he met Joris Teepe,
who is his primary teacher today.
Now, Tyler performs regularly and lives
in Groningen, Netherlands, studying at the Prince Claus Conservatoire
with Joris Teepe and several other New York musicians in the “New
York comes to Groningen” jazz bachelors program. He is currently
working on several projects including the “Sergej Avenesov Quartet”
and the “Yoonmi Choi Trio.”