Victoria B.C. bassist Tim Croft has toured much of the country and has played everything from cruise ships to concert halls. Since arriving on the west coast in 2010, Tim has been very active and can be found playing nearly every week anywhere between Port Hardy and Victoria. He has performed in numerous festivals, including: The Victoria Djangofest, The Victoria Jazz Festival, The Rifflandia Festival, The Gabriola Island Music Festival, Nashville Boogie, Kustom Kulture and The Montreal Jazz Festival.. He has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with such great artists as: Kid Koala, Daniel Lapp, Phil Dwyer, Donny McCaslin, Denis Chang, Marc Atkinson and Quinn Bachand. His collaboration with gypsy jazz guitarist Brett Martens has been gathering attention on Canada's west coast. The Brett Martens String Band's first album, engineered and produced by Canadian gypsy jazz icon Marc Atkinson, is: "a swinging collection of standards and originals sure to make your finger's snap and your foot stomp."
Along with fellow Victorian's Wes Carroll and Cyril Lojda , Tim co-leads the the contemporary jazz ensemble: The Tim Croft Trio (TCT). He also stays busy freelancing in everything from jazz to bluegrass to classical music. On electric bass he can be found rocking the stage with Victoria's premier instrumental surf rock band The Cavaleros.
As an educator Tim has taught theory and been a peer tutor as well as lectured in jazz appreciation classes, all at the collegial level. He has also taught at numerous music camps in Canada and the US, including CYMC; one of the leading and longest running music camp's in Canada. Tim teaches double bass privately but is also in demand as a clinician and early music educator. He currently teaches music for School District 62 in Victoria, BC.
As well as having a Masters in Music (jazz cognate) from Western Michigan University, Tim also obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies (performance) from Toronto’s Humber College and a Bachelor's of Education from Simon Fraser University.
He has had the privilege of studying with some of the continents leading musicians and educators including: Neil Swainson, Russ Botten, Mike Downes, Don Thompson, Pat Lababera, Ken Lister, Rene Worst, Marc Denis, Scott Colley, Pat Collins, Mary Rainie, Scott Cowan, Tom Knific and Michel Donato.