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These are some musical projects that have occupied my time in the last few years.
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Raging Bones

I originally put together “Raging Bones” to play arrangements passed to me by the trombonist Wayne Andre from Kai Winding’s 1950s and 60s groups he was involved with.  The band soon began harvesting  its member’s roots in latin music as well. You are welcome to listen to Raging Bones below in streaming audio. Contact me if you would like to have more of the group’s recordings.

Jose Gallardo
Joe comes from Corpus Christi, Texas and has performed with Luis Arcaraz, Stan Kenton,Mel Lewis, Kai Winding, Peter Herbolzheimer, Mongo Santamaria and various other jazz and latin artists. His composition Amanecer (Dawn) was the title piece of Mongo Sanatamaria’s Grammy Award winner as best latin recording of 1978.
Jerry Tilitz
Jerry studied with Jazz luminaries Lennie Tristano and the influencial trombonist Curtis Fuller, taught at Queensboro College and the Rotterdam Conservatory and performed in the bands of Gerry Mulligan, Roy Eldridge and latin music legend Johnny Colon among many others others. Jerry has been awarded a grant for composition and performance from the prestigious U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, hosted his own radio program in Germany called An American In Hamburg and written for publications such as Jazz Journal International.
Dan Gottshall
Dan was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania USA, Dan studied at the Townson State University in Baltimore, Maryland and continued his studies with Carmine Caruso and Garry Dial in New York and in Chicago with Charles Vernon (Chicago SymphonyOrchestra). In addition to contributing to more than 60 CDs Dan has performed with the Clayton/Hamilton Big Band in L.A., Peter Herbolzheimer´s RC&B, as well as playing and recording with artists such as Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, LenaHorne, Albert Mangelsdorff, Greg Osby, Gene Jackson, Chuck Brown, Robin Eubanks,Bob Moses, Charlie Mariano, Tony Bennett, Gladys Knight & the Pips, and TheTemptations. From 1993-2001 he played the first trombone at the RIAS Big Band.
Dan is a member of the NDR-Bigband.
Ingo Lahme
Ingo is a member of the NDR-Bigband, Ingo Lahme studied bass trombone and tuba at the academy of music in Hilversum,Netherlands. He was also taught by Jiggs Whigham and in the US by Dave Taylor,George Flynn, Conrad Herwig and Tony Studd. He played, among others, with Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Vince Mendzoa and Klaus Doldinger, and several big bands.

The rhythm section of Raging Bones is:
Matthäus Winnitzki, keyboards;
Thomas Altmann, latin percussion;
Hanjo Polk, drums;
and special guest
Omar Rodriguez Calvo, bass
Born in Cuba Señor Calvo studied acoustic bass, electric bass, classical music, jazz and popular music in Matanzas and Havana. At 17 he began to work with Argelia Fragoso and later on with Carlos Maza andRamon Valle. 1994 he moved to Hamburg, Germany and has performed with Nils Landgren, Julio Barreto, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Perico San Beat, Roy Hargrove, Mike Stern, and many others.

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Trombonists facing off under the hot sun on a sultry afternoon in the small western town of hamburg? Nah, just two pros enjoying an excellent rhythm section. Trombone pairings have been a thing since JJ Johnson and Kai Winding recorded together in the 1950s. Joe Gallardo and Dan Gottschall have been good sport protagonists with me here in hamburg. Check out the CD Jerry Tilitz Meets Joe Gallardo (TCB 32202) for the most recent action.


The Nancy Tilitz Galerie All Stars is a little big band comprised of some of the better soloists in Hamburg. The octet plays the music of an assortment of composers and arrangers such as Dave Heckendorn and Jim Martin in the U.S. and hamburgers Helmar Marczinski, Tadeusz Jakubowski and myself here in germany. Its fun to play in a larger ensemble thats small enough to give everyone a chance to solo but yet big enough for an arranger to access a larger palette. The Galerie All Stars performs frequently in the Nancy Tilitz Galerie so come early to get a good seat when this popular group comes to play.

Nancy's Galerie Jazz neon sign


Small groups are an opportunity to try out new music in a free wheeling setting. Two recorded examples are Trombone Tangents (Limetree MLP 0025) and The Dance Of The Livingroom Sofas (BF 002-2).

Trombone Tangents vinyl cover
Dance Of The Livingroom Sofas CD cover