Philadelphia, PA--Tom Tallitsch has released an inviting contemporary instrumental jazz CD titled Duality. This is music for relaxing. Picture yourself in front of warm fire emptying your mind and letting the soulfulness of each note permeating your being.
Tallitsch, referred to as one Philadelphia's musical gems, has lived in the Philadelphia area for nearly ten years. In that time span he has established himself as a major player on the Philadelphia jazz scene working in such top clubs as Ortlieb's, Chris's Jazz, and Zanzibar Blue. Additionally he has become a prominent jazz educator, performed live broadcasts and interviews on WRTI Temple U. Public Radio, and toured throughout the country as a bandleader, sideman, and clinician.
Tom's musical training began at the tender age of five on the piano, and later he picked up the saxophone, clarinet, and the flute. He studied improvisation and composition with Cleveland tenor men Ernie Krivda & Mike Lee, and University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music's (CCM) jazz gurus, Rick Van Matre, Phil Degreg & Pat Harbison. Although having the great new album Duality to his credit is another prominent career highlight, he currently owns a highly recommended tutoring business and is artist faculty (saxophone/woodwinds) at Mercer County College. Tom is the founding director of the Central NJ Homeschool Bands, which provides home-schooled musicians the opportunity to interact with other students in a creative band setting. Tom's own personal experiences and learning methods have enabled him to build a successful and inviting setting for budding musicians.
Tallitsch offers his own compositions and standards on Duality. He puts himself in good company covering standout tracks such as Visions" by Stevie Wonder and Wayne Shorter's Infant Eyes." While going through his own personal jazz 'rights of passage' by covering standards, Tallitsch makes his own history with full bodied tracks like Propellerhead," which clocks in at over eight minutes and exceptional runs of instrumental pleasure titled Mablestates." Duality allows the judicious jazz connoisseur a simple yet colorful listen provided by the guitar of Dave Manley, and the relaxing earthy sax of Tallistch. The two instruments unify their sound with gentle and prolific interplay, making it evident that they were the only two instruments needed for this recording to flesh out the album and perpetuate a perfect sync between the two musicians. Although the word Duality means that there are two sides to the coin, there is one thing that holds true throughout the recording-a consistent attention to detail and professionalism.
A truly unique tenor sound and phrasing...fresh ideas and great tunes." ~Rick VanMatre, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music - Professor and Director of Jazz Studies
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