Instrument/s: Bass (Electric), Drums, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Piano
Music Type: Brazilian, Brazilian Jazz, Ethnic, Jazz, Latin
About: Robert Tye is the principal guitarist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Robert Tye has worked with Erich Kunzel, Neeme Jarvi, Jan-Pascal Tortelier, Angel Romero, and Bill Conti. He has also worked with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Jazz Quintet, the Michigan Opera Theater, and the Monte Carlo Ballet. He is a founding member of avant classicists, New Music Detroit, featuring members of the DSO.
Robert Tye performs as a soloist, duo, trio or quartet, with a diverse reportoire including Brazilian/Latin/Spanish, Pop, Modern Jazz, and Funky Jazz.
A first-call session musician, Robert Tye is very much in demand these days, having mastered not only the electric, acoustic, and 12-string guitars, but also the fretless, slide, and baritone guitars, the tenor banjo, dobro, and mandolin.
Tye has lent his sound and touch to thousands of TV and radio commercials for companies such as Nike, BF Goodrich, Kellogg’s, Whirlpool, Meijer, Arby’s, and auto companies Chrysler, BMW, Ford, GM, Volvo, and Hyundai. Tye has received over thirty nominations at the Detroit Music Awards (in Jazz, Classical, and Rock categories). He has taken top honors for Outstanding Jazz Composer and Outstanding Jazz Recording, adding to his six previous awards. He has been a contributing writer for Guitar World magazine, and he was a semi-finalist in the Independent Music World Series in 2004, competing against mostly pop artists.
Robert Tye continues to contribute to the rich tradition of jazz by adding his own modern twist, inspiring a new generation of composers and music enthusiasts. In live performances Robert Tye has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in jazz: Steps Ahead, Earl Klugh, Maynard Ferguson, Stanley Clarke, Randy Brecker, Bela Fleck, Sir Roland Hanna, John Blake, Eddie Daniels, David Leibman, Branford Marsalis, Michael Brecker, and Mike Stern, to name just a few. He has also performed with such smooth jazz artists as Bob James, Warren Hill, Peter White, Alexander Zonjic, Angela Bofill, Kirk Whalum, Marion Meadows, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, Jeff Golub, and Chieli Minucci, Motown superstars Martha Reeves and The Funk Brothers, and R&B/roots artists Bonnie Raitt, Katie Webster, Earl King, and Terrance Simien, gospel producer Fred Hammond, and actor Jeff Daniels. Tye is also a longstanding member of organist Lyman Woodard’s trio.