Tom Tallitsch is a Saxophonist, Composer, Recording Artist, Music Educator, and Host of ‘The Modern Jazz Radio Show’.
Tom’s fifth album was recorded 2/4/13 with Posi-Tone Records and will be release summer 2013. It features his own compositions with Art Hirahara (Piano), Michael Dease, (Trombone), Peter Brendler (Bass), and Rudy Royston (Drums).
His fourth album as a leader ‘Heads Or Tales’ 4/17/12, is on the Posi-Tone Record Label. It features his own compositions, and himself on Tenor Saxophone, Jared Gold (Hammond B3 Organ), Dave Allen (Guitar), and Mark Ferber (Drums).
The self release album Duality (11/05) marked Tom’s debut as a recorded leader, and features guitarist Dave Manley in an intimate duo setting. It received fantastic critical reviews and is on jazz play lists throughout Europe, Japan, and the United States. He has performed live broadcasts and interviews on Philadelphia’s WRTI Temple public radio.
His second album ‘Medicine Man’ was released 2/19/08 on the Seattle based Jazz Label Origin/OA2 Records, featuring Philadelphia musicians, Tony Miceli (vibraphone), Victor Baker (guitar) , Paul Gehman (bass) , and Dan Monaghan (drums). It has received critical acclaim and is on radio playlists throughout the United States and abroad. During Medicine Man’s first month after it’s release, it rose up the Jazz Week Radio Charts from to #107 in the United States. It is currently on radio and internet playlists throughout the world. On December 2nd, 2008 Tom’s composition ‘Yellow’ from ‘Medicine Man’ was featured at the 2008 IFP Gotham Film Awards in NYC.
His third album ‘Perspective’ was released with Origin/OA2 Records (2009 JazzWeek Label Of The Year), on November 17th, 2009. It features Philadelphia greats, John Stenger – Piano, Paul Gehman – Acoustic Bass, Victor Baker – Guitar, Justin Leigh – Drums, and Tom – Soprano and Tenor Saxophones. Like his previous two albums, it explores his own compositions.
In addition to having his compositions and arrangements played by vocalists and musicians throughout New York and Philadelphia, Tom has had his works performed by individual dancers from the Martha Graham Dance Company at various choreographer showcase venues.
He is musical director, and composer for the multi-media dance company Big Sky Project, founded by his wife Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch. Big Skyʼs mission is: “Grassroots Community Fellowship. Gathering community and all of the resources and skills available for barter, thus creating commerce, self-sufficiency, and art with in a village. One project and location at a time, Big Skyʼs mission is to initiate the healing of the environment in which we all live, through imaginative, innovative, experimental, artistic, and inspired philosophy.”
Tom owns a highly recommended music tutoring business in Princeton, NJ and is a popular jazz educator and clinician. He is the founding director of the Central NJ Homeschool Bands, works as a piano tutor to students with autism at The Princeton Child Development Institute, and was a member of the artist faculty at Mercer County Community College from 1999-2006. He has taught at The Westminster Conservatory, Philadelphia Clef Club, Creative Music Studios, The Groove Academy, and many more. He is a gifted music educator who has given lectures and clinics at many top high schools including The Lawrenceville School and The Pennington School. He has had students continue on to pursue professional careers at conservatories throughout the country.
He hosts his own jazz radio show titled “The Modern Jazz Radio Show” on the Mercer County Jazz Station WWFM Jazzon2 89.1 HD2. The show features Tom’s own personal jazz picks and commentary, and airs every Thursday evening from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. Weekly playlists are sent to all artists, record companies, and publicists.
Tom Currently lives in Jersey City, NJ. He is originally from Cleveland, Ohio where he began his musical training on the piano, clarinet and saxophone, and has lived in Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Hamilton, NJ. He has a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM), and has participated in clinics with Joe Henderson and Chris Potter. He has studied with saxophonists Rick VanMatre, Ernie Krivda, Mike Lee, Ben Schachter, Seamus Blake, and pianist Phil DeGreg.