Primary Instrument: Trombone
JERRY TILITZ is a american trombonist,composer and vocalist from New York City presently ensconced in Hamburg, Germany. In the course of his career Mr. Tilitz has performed and recorded with many exceptional artists including Gerry Mulligan, Horace Parlan, Hank Jones, Roy Eldridge, Herb Geller, Tommy Flanagan, Warren Vache, Adam Nussbaum, Benny Bailey, Danny Moss, Harry Allen, Randy Sandke, Tom Harrell, Barry Harris, Bill Mays, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson and many 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 touring, recording, and teaching Mr.Tilitz has hosted his own radio program in Germany called An American In Hamburg, played in the european musical production of Cats, Chorus Line, 42nd Street and Ain’t Misbehavin’ and written for publications including the well regarded Jazz Journal International. Jerry has produced several recordings on his own label 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 compilation of Jerry's New York bands which include high profile artists 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 CD production for the Bellaphon, Germany L+R label Tales Of Two Cities (CDLR 45035) with appearances by Horace Parlan, Adam Nussbaum, Frank Wunsch, Ray Drummond, Bill Mays and Jimmi Roger Pedersen. Jerry's latest release is Ralph Reichert/Jerry Tilitz - Back To Back on the prestigious Nagel Heyer Records label.
The above recordings are available as CDs or digital downloads from CD Baby at http://cdbaby.com/all/jerrytilitz