(December 5, 1925 – April 3, 1998) was an American R&B and neo-bop jazz
saxophonist and arranger.
Born and raised in
Louisiana, United States Tyler grew up listening to the
sound of New Orleans marching bands. He began playing saxophone when in the
Navy, and by 1950 had joined Dave Bartholomew’s R&B band. He also played
jazz in club jam sessions. He made his recording debut on Fats Domino’s The Fat Man (1949) and went on to play on sessions for Little Richard, Lloyd Price, Aaron
Neville, Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, and numerous other rhythm and blues artists.
From the mid-1960s he worked as a liquor salesman. He also began leading his own jazz band in clubs and hotel residencies in
Orleans. While the baritone saxophone had been his
primary instrument during his years as a studio musician, his jazz playing
gradually came to rely much more on tenor saxophone. In the mid-1980s he
recorded two jazz albums, Graciously and Heritage, with vocals by Johnny Adams
and Germaine Bazzle, for Rounder Records.
At the age of 65, he had a daughter Tajara Brieanne Simms, who currently lives in
. Temple Hills, Maryland