Reed and woodwind players often "double" on a second instrument, but for Herndon resident Tim Eyermann they'll have to coin a new term: He packs alto, soprano and tenor saxophones, C-flute, alto flute, bass flute, piccolo, clarinet, oboe and English horn for the travels that keep him on the road all but five or six weeks a year. He also plays baritone saxophone, performs on keyboards for record dates and composes at the piano. Eyermann will take a couple of his horns into the Park Place Cafe Friday and Saturday for a mixed program of older standards, be-bop and contemporary materials. Wade Mathews will be on bass, Bruce Harrison on keyboards. Eyermann will also be at the Ice House in Herndon Feb. 8 and 9.
Piano studies began for Eyermann at age 6 and he took up saxophone at 14. With a master's degree from Baltimore's Peabody Conservatory, he became a member of the Air Force's Airmen of Note in the '70s and later taught at Bowie State and Prince George's Community colleges. He is in the studio this month for a fifth album.
Says Eyermann, who grew up in Pittsburgh, "I practice every day. If it's a performance day, I'll spend maybe three hours with my horns. If I'm not playing, five or six. Even when I go on vacation I'll take two horns with me. My wife gets a little bugged, but I just can't let my chops fall down for a week."