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Timothy Coffman

  • Jazz Trombone
  • MM
  • Jazz Studies
  • 773-325-4384
BM Indiana University
MM Indiana University

Courses Taught
Applied Jazz Trombone
Graduate Jazz History
Jazz Orchestra
Music Traditions of the World (Jazz History)
Low Brass Techniques 


Tim Coffman is one of the most active trombonists and teachers in the Chicago area. A graduate of the prestigious Jazz Studies program at Indiana University, Mr. Coffman worked closely with David Baker. He was awarded the Performers Certificate after his Senior Recital.

Mr. Coffman is in demand for studio and show work and has performed with Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Andy Williams, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, The Tempatations, Louie Bellson, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Frank Wess, Bassist Ron Carter, Johnny Griffin, Kurt Elling, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Arturo Sanduval, Tom Harrell, Johnny Mathis, Paul Anka, Al Jarreau, Henry Mancini, Stevie Wonder, Diane Schur, Jimmy Heath, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Joe Lovano, Lennie Niehaus,  Slide Hampton and many others. He performed in the pit for the world premiere of The Producers and also performed with the Chicago Symphony playing Lead Trombone in the Duke Ellington Nutcracker. He also performed on the recording of Porgy and Bess featuring Clark Terry and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. This recording was nominated for Jazz Album of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.

Before teaching at DePaul, Mr. Coffman taught at New Trier High School as the Trombone instructor and directed several Jazz Improvisation classes from 1990-2001. In addition to his duties at DePaul, he is currently directing Jazz Ensemble III at Oak Park-River Forest HS. He is a regular member of the Rob Parton Jazz Tech Big Band and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble lead by Jon Faddis. He also frequently performs with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.

Mr. Coffman is a Conn/Selmer artist/clinician and has performed/adjudicated at various high schools, Jazz Festivals and Universities including: Evanston HS,  Rolling Meadows HS, Mundelein HS, Oak Park-River Forest HS, Wheeling HS, Purdue University, Furman University, The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, The University of New Mexico and many others. He recently competed his first recording entitled Crossroads, available on the Blujazz label. In the summer, he teaches at the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Camp at the University of Louisville, and also at the Midwest Young Artists Jazz Camp in Lake Forest, IL. Mr. Coffman is married to Becky and has two children, Daniel and Sarah.