Tim Laughlin (pronounced Lock-lin) was born and raised in New Orleans, a city constantly re-inventing itself. He began playing the clarinet at the age of nine. His style and sound are uniquely his own, contrasting the classic style he grew up listening to and the contemporary influences of many. He has become a hometown favorite at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest and French Quarter Fest. He can be heard regularly at Storyville District on Bourbon Street.
As a Yamaha performing artist, he can be occasionally seen teaching clinics at varios schools, from elementary to university. When not in New Orleans playing club dates, Laughlin is hard at work touring and promoting his latest release in just about every corner of the world.
He has performed and shared the stage with legends like Al Hirt, the Dukes of Dixieland and his good friend mentor, Pete Fountain, as well as sidemen of giants like Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton.
His latest CD "The Isle of Orleans" is a collection of his own compositions in the traditional New Orleans-style. It recently won the 2003 Award for Best CD by a Louisiana Artist for Traditional Jazz of from Offbeat Magazine. The New Orleans Times Picayune also chose "Isle of Orleans" in the Top 10 CDs of 2003.