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Jerry Tilitz stands next to the Alster lake with his tromboneJERRY TILITZ is a american trombonist,composer, arranger and vocalist from New York City. In the course of his career Mr. Tilitz has been associated with many high profile artists including Gerry Mulligan, Tom Harrell, Horace Parlan, Roy Eldridge, Herb Geller, Bill Mays, Warren Vache, Benny Golson, Bob Moses and many others. 

After studying with mentors Lennie Tristano and the influencial trombonist Curtis Fuller, Mr. Tilitz began his professional career with Billy Taylor’s Jazzmobile in New York City. In addition to becoming involved in the town’s 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.

After relocating to europe Mr.Tilitz continued to tour, record and teach while hosting his own radio program in Germany called An American In Hamburg. While playing in musical productions including Cats, Chorus Line and Ain’t Misbehavin’ he has written for publications such as the well regarded Jazz Journal International and directed a long running musical program at the well known Nancy Tilitz Dammtorbahnhof Galerie in hamburg.

Jerry has produced several recordings on his own label Both Feet Records including The Dance Of The Living Room Sofas (BF 1002-2) with Don Braden, Lonnie Plaxico, Cecil Brooks III and Michael Cochrane and Jerry Tilitz/The New York Tapes (BF 1001-2), a compilation of his new york recordings which include high profile artists Tom Harrell, Arnie Lawrence, Jim McNeely, Bob Moses, Harold Danko, Billy Hart, Bob Kindred, Jerome Harris, Jon Burr, Jeff Brillinger, Gary Smulyan and Valery Ponomarev. Also available is a album for Bellaphon label L+R Tales Of Two Cities (CDLR 45035) with Horace Parlan, Adam Nussbaum, Frank Wunsch, Ray Drummond, Bill Mays and Jimmi Roger Pedersen. The LP Trombone Tangents was produced for the dutch label Limetree featuring Dylan Vaughn, Ken Stewart, and Rainer Vogeley.