Timo Shanko grew up in Santa Monica, CA, where he studied electric bass before attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1989. Timo was a founding member of the Fully Celebrated Orchestra with alto saxophonist Jim Hobbs. In the ‘90s, he toured with blues master Eddie Kirkland as bassist and Band Director and co-founded the Prodigal Suns, who were signed to Geffen Records. He then developed his skills on tenor saxophone and now plays both bass and sax equally. In 2009, Timo joined G. Love & Special Sauce, touring major venues in the US, Japan, Australia, and also performed with many major artists. In addition to his own trio, Timo currently performs with Dub Apocalypse (winner of the Boston Music Award for Best International Artist). Timo has also written many transcription books for Hal Leonard Publishing, from Sonny Stitt and Wayne Shorter to Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis.
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT
“The double CD Waxing Philosophic/Eulogy for a Dying Planet is the rare venue spacious enough to feature the full spectrum of saxophonist Timo Shanko’s compositions. Shanko’s influences are myriad; he seems to have ingested every bit of good music recorded over the last half century. Yet the music featured here is original in that word’s truest sense: it sounds only like Shanko. Aided by the astonishingly limber hands and feet of both Hammond organist Ken Clarke and drummer Luther Grey, Shanko’s enormous tenor sound shines like a lighthouse beacon through tunes that invoke memories of the meeting Ammons, Sanders, and Kuti never had.” -- REVERB NATION
“Bassist and saxophonist Timo Shanko presents an exhilarating set of songs on Freedom Right Now... ...As good a bassist as he may be, Shanko is a demon on reeds. Playing both tenor and baritone saxophones on this album, he scorches the mind with soulful radiance...
...An album well worth the trouble to find, Freedom Right Now will hopefully bring Shanko and his men some deserved recognition... -- ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“G. Love took the stage... with standout Shanko rippin’ it up technically and creatively. ...After that, Special Sauce rejoined G. Love onstage... with the highlight being virtuosic bass player Timo Shanko’s heady tenor sax solo.” -- THE REGISTER HERALD