Tenor sax player Tom Tallitsch is a modern-day jazzman. When he's not busy leading his
own band, he can be found composing, teaching, directing and even hosting a jazz radio
show. This diversity exudes in many different ways through his compositions and is most
recently manifested on his seventh and latest record, titled Gratitude (Posi-Tone, 2016).
Gratitude (Posi-Tone, 2016) is a quartet date featuring a wonderful lineup of jazz musicians
all featured on multiple Posi-Tone records, including Jon Davis on piano, Peter
Brendler on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums. Brian Charette also adds his organ expertise
to two tracks. Gratitude features an exciting program of original compositions, along
with Tom's new arrangements of a few classics.
The Cleveland, Ohio native Tallitsch began his musical training on the piano, clarinet and
saxophone. Here he began his journey into the life of a diverse jazz artist. Since graduating
with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Cincinnati College
Conservatory of Music, Tallitsch has gone onto record six other records as a leader including All Together Now (posi-Tone 2015), Ride (Posi-Tone, 2014), Heads Or Tales (Posi-Tone, 2012), Perspective (Origin,
2009), Medicine Man (Origin, 2008), and Duality (self released 2005).
In addition to having many of his compositions and arrangements played by vocalists and
musicians throughout the United States, Tallitsch has had his works performed by individual
dancers from the Martha Graham Dance Company at various choreographer showcase
venues. Tallitsch is musical director, and composer for the multi-media dance company
Big Sky Project, founded by his wife Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch.
Tallitsch is a popular jazz educator and clinician, and owns a popular music tutoring business
in Princeton, NJ. 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.