Tom Tallitsch is a Saxophonist, Composer, Recording Artist, Music Educator, and Host of ‘The Modern Jazz Radio Show’.
Tom Tallitsch is a Saxophonist, Composer, Recording Artist, Music Educator, and Host of ‘The Modern
Jazz Radio Show’.
Tom performs at jazz clubs and in NYC, Philadelphia, and throughout the east coast. Venues include:
Smalls Jazz Club, The 55 Bar, Birdland, Minton’s, The Sidedoor, Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Arts Council Of
Princeton, WhyNot Jazz Room, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Garage, Bar Next Door, Paris Bistro, South
Jazz Club, and many more. He regularly and tours throughout the United States as a leader and
Discography As A Leader
TEN (2019 Self Released)
TRIO 18 (2018 Self Released)
WHEELHOUSE (2018 Posi-Tone)
GRATITUDE (2016 Posi-Tone)
ALL TOGETHER NOW (2015 Posi-Tone)
RIDE (2014 Posi-Tone)
HEADS OR TALES (2012 Posi-Tone)
PERSPECTIVE (2008 Origin/OA2)
MEDICINE MAN (2007 Origin/OA2)
DUALITY (2004 Self-Released)
In addition to having his compositions and arrangements played by vocalists and musicians
throughout New York and Philadelphia, Tom’s works have been 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 works as a piano teacher to students on the autism spectrum at The
Princeton Child Development Institute and teaches piano and woodwinds at The Princeton Junior
He was the founding director of The Central NJ Homeschool Bands and was Artist Faculty at Mercer
County Community College. 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.
Tom is the host of “The Modern Jazz Radio Show” on the Mercer County Jazz Station WWFM Jazzon2
89.1 HD2 every Thursday from Noon to 1pm He returned to the show on 8/9/18 after a break for a
few years. Tom hosted the show every week from 2007 until 2012.
Tom Currently resides in Princeton, NJ. He is originally from Cleveland, Ohio where he began his
musical training on the piano, clarinet and saxophone. He as also lived in Cincinnati, Philadelphia,
and Hamilton, NJ. He holds 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.