Tom Tallitsch is a NYC Saxophonist, Composer, Recording Artist, Music Educator, and Jazz Radio Host.
Tom Tallitsch is a Saxophonist, Composer, Recording Artist, Music Educator, and Host of ‘The
Modern Jazz Radio Show’.
Tom is a NY Saxophonist, composer, recording artist, and music educator. He performs at
jazz clubs and other venues throughout NYC including, Smalls Jazz Club, The 55 Bar, Smoke,
Cornelia Street Cafe, The Garage, Bar Next Door, and more. He regularly performs at venues
up and down the east coast, and tours throughout the United States.
His critically acclaimed fifth album RIDE was released 2/4/14 on Posi-Tone Records, and is
receiving national and international airplay on Jazz radio stations. It features his own
compositions with Art Hirahara (Piano), Michael Dease, (Trombone), Peter Brendler (Bass), and
Rudy Royston (Drums).
Discography As A Leader
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 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.