Biography

Jerry Tilitz is a american trombonist,composer and vocalist from New York City presently ensconced in Hamburg, Germany. In the course of his career to date Mr. Tilitz has performed and recorded with many exceptional artists including Gerry Mulligan, Horace Parlan, Hank Jones, Roy Eldridge, Benny Golson, Herb Geller, Tommy Flanagan, Al Foster, Tete Montoliu, Adam Nussbaum, Danny Moss, Harry Allen, Randy Sandke, Tom Harrell, Benny Bailey, Bill Mays, Randy Brecker and others.

After studying with Jazz luminaries Lennie Tristano and the influencial trombonist Curtis Fuller, Mr. Tilitz began his professional career with Billy Taylor’s Jazzmobile Big Band. In addition to becoming involved in New York City’s vibrant club and studio scene Jerry taught jazz theory and analysis at Queensboro College and received a grant for composition and performance from the prestigious U.S. National Endowment for the Arts.

In addition to appearances, recordings, and teaching Mr.Tilitz has hosted his own radio program in Germany called An American In Hamburg, played in musical productions including Cats, Chorus Line, 42nd Street and Ain’t Misbehavin’ and written for publications such as the well regarded Jazz Journal International. He has produced several recordings on Both Feet Records including The Dance Of The Living Room Sofas (BF 1002-2)featuring Don Braden, Lonnie Plaxico, Cecil Brooks III and Michael Cochrane and Jerry Tilitz/The New York Tapes (BF 1001-2), a CD sampler of his New York bands with high profile artists such as Tom Harrell, Arnie Lawrence, Jim McNeely, Bob Moses, Harold Danko, Bob Kindred, Jerome Harris, Jon Burr, Jeff Brillinger, Gary Smulyan, Valery Ponomarev and Billy Hart. Also available is a recording released on the german labelBellaphon, Tales Of Two Cities (CDLR 45035) with Horace Parlan, Adam Nussbaum, Frank Wunsch, Ray Drummond, Bill Mays and Jimmi Roger Pedersen. Recently Jerry has released the collaborative recording Back to Back (Nagel Heyer CD 096) with co-leader Ralph Reichert featuring the very talented Enno Dugnus, Joachim Gerth and Björn Lucker.

Jerry is active on the european scene with recordings, concerts and several projects among which are The Jerry Tilitz Quartet, Raging Bones, a 4 trombone front line band featuring original arrangements and compositions, and The Swing Composer’s Orchestra which features outstanding Hamburg jazz musicans.

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The Tale Of Two Cities The New York Tapes The Dance Of The Living Room Sofa Back to Back

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