A native of Oneonta, New York, Tyler Henderson began playing piano at age 5. At first he learned music by ear, not starting with classical piano lessons as most pianists do, also taking up saxophone, guitar, and french horn upon entering middle school. He was inspired to play piano seriously upon hearing the work of famous pianists Bill Evans and Vince Guaraldi, and worked hard to develop his skills while participating in his school’s jazz band.
Tyler then moved with his family to Houston, Texas, upon his acceptance into the prestigious High School For Performing and Visual Arts. In Houston, Tyler had the pleasure of playing with Wynton Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Sean Jones, Don Braden, and was encouraged by masters such as Barry Harris, Javon Jackson, and Robert Glasper through his participation in incredible programs such as YoungArts and the Thelonious Monk Institute All-Star Tour.
After being accepted into the Juilliard School in 2019, Tyler moved to New York City to attend school and be a part of the New York jazz scene. Now entering his senior year at Juilliard, Henderson collaborates with many musicians at New York venues such as Smalls, Dizzy’s, the Django, and more.
He hopes to keep the spirit of swing alive from the music of the past, yet be forward thinking and open to new ideas. He is passionate about the history of jazz and hopes one day to become an educator along with his performance career. He cites Wynton Kelly, Phineas Newborn, Bill Evans, and Keith Jarrett as his biggest musical influences.