Tenor saxophonist and composer, Tom Tallitsch currently lives in the Philadelphia area where he maintains a rigorous performance schedule as a leader and sideman. Since his arrival in 1996, he has established himself on the Philly jazz scene and has played with many of the area's top musicians. His ensembles have regularly performed at such jazz clubs and festivals as Ortlieb’s Jazz Haus, Chris’ Jazz Café, Zanzibar Blue, Mellon Jazz Festival, Berks Jazz Fest and more.
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.
Tom's second album 'Medicine Man' was released 2/19/08 on 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' will be featured in the 2008 IFP Gotham Film Awards in NYC.
In addition to having his compositions and arrangements played by vocalists and musicians throughout Philadelphia, Tom has had his works performed by individual dancers from the Martha Graham Dance Company at various choreographer showcase venues.
Beginning in Autumn 2008 he will be hosting his own jazz radio show titled "Modern Jazz With Tom Tallitsch", on the newly formed Mercer County Jazz Station WWFM 89.1 HD2. The show will feature Tom's own personal jazz picks and commentary, and will air every Thursday evening from 8:00 to 10:00 pm.
Tom is originally from Cleveland, Ohio where he began his musical training on the piano, clarinet and saxophone. He has a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and has participated in clinics with Joe Henderson and Chris Potter. He has studied with saxophonists Rick VanMatre, Ernie Krivda, Mike Lee, and Ben Schachter, as well as pianist Phil DeGreg.
Tom Tallitsch - Medicine Man (2/19/08 OA2 Records)
Tom Tallitsch - Duality (2005)
1 hour to 4 hour sets include original jazz compositions and standards.