Jerry Tachoir Group
Jerry Tachoir/Van Manakas Duo
Artist's BiographyEducation - Bachelor\'s degree, Berklee College of Music - Boston, Mass.
First to receive Bachelor\'s degree in Applied Music for the Vibraphone and Mallet Instr. instruments and extensive studies in arranging and composition.
Graduated Summa Cum Laude 1973 - 1976
Performance Experience -
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, American Wind Symphony, Wilkensburg Symphony,
International Symphony - Switzerland, 25 years leader of own jazz quartet performing throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe at colleges and universities, jazz clubs, and jazz festivals, some of which are; Montreux Jazz Festival - Switzer- land, Northsea Jazz Festival - Holland, Montreal Jazz Festival - Canada, Pittsburgh
Jazz Festival, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Shadyside Arts Festival, Rites of Spring
Jazz Festival - Nashville, Summer Lights Festival - Nashville. Mellon Jazz Festival,
Performed Gunther Schuller\'s Concertino for Jazz Quartet and Orchestra with
Westmoreland Symphony, Pa., Featured artist at International Music event at Paris
Conservatory of Music, Nashville\'s most recorded mallet artist, etc.
Jerry is a very popular and much in demand Artist/Clinician for the Musser Vibra- phone and Marimba co./division of Ludwig Drums since 1972.
Featured clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention \'82 in Dallas, Tx., \'89 in Nashville, Tn., and New Orleans \'92
Featured clinician/soloist at the Ludwig Percussion Symposium \'83 in Knoxville, Tn., performed with famed jazz drummer Alan Dawson and Danny Gottlieb.
Peavey Electronics ï¿½ Mark of the Unicorn Software ï¿½ K&K Midi systems ï¿½ Audio Technica
ï¿½ Innovative Percussion Mallets.
Television and Radio -
Was featured via live recording for the \"Jazz sur le Vif\" show to be aired Nationally on the C.B.C. network (Canadian Broadcast Corp.)
\'82 Fall Tour - Canada
\'83 Montreal Jazz Festival appearance
Recorded two feature cable TV shows airing nationally on The Nashville Network
Recorded several educational TV shows for Public Television with Jazz Quartet
Teaching Experience -
25 years privately (mallet instruments, arranging and composition, improvisation)
1977 - Berklee College of Music, Boston
Adjunct professor of jazz improvisation - Belmont College, Nashville 1979 - 82
Video - First to release a 1-hour instructional vibraphone video - Master Study Series
Books - CONTEMPORARY MALLET METHOD - An Approach to the Vibraphone & Marimba -
Riohcat Music, SOLO VIBRAPHONE COLLECTION - Riohcat Music
Artist's InfluencesPianist, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea.
\"I\'m essentially a frustrated pianist, on a 3 octave instrument in the world of F-F\"