Jerry Tachoir

Vibraphone - Marimba - Mallet Synthesizer

Jazz Artist - Clinician, Producer/Director



Bachelor's degree, Berklee College of Music - Boston, Mass.

First to receive Bachelor's degree in Applied Music for the Vibraphone and Mallet 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 - Switzerland, 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, Franklin, Tn Jazz Festival etc.

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 Vibraphone and Marimba co./division of Ludwig Drums since 1972.

Featured clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention '82 in Dallas, Tx., '89 & '04 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 • Mark of the Unicorn Software • K&K Midi systems • Innovative Percussion Mallets - JT23 Jerry Tachoir signature model • Audio Technica • G-Technologies G Drives


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

Presented Improvisation and Advance harmony clinic/seminars at most of the major colleges and universities throughout the US, Canada and Europe.




First to release a 1-hour instructional vibraphone video - Master Study Series

Jerry Tachoir - the Vibraphone Vol. I and II available on DVD



CONTEMPORARY MALLET METHOD - An Approach to the Vibraphone & Marimba - Riohcat Music



Discography - (as leader):



"JERRY TACHOIR & FRIENDS" - Grammy Nominated

"Double CD set - BEST OF MONTREUX 89"


"The Group Tachoir - BEYOND STEREOTYPE"

"The Jerry Tachoir/Van Manakas Duo - IMPROVISED THOUGHTS"

"Travels" - The Jerry Tachoir Group



Owner of Good Vibes Sound Studio - Professional 24 track digital automated recording studio

Creator and Principal Partner of Master Study Series Video

Currently produced/directed & released 4 educational DVD's of master jazz artists in a clinic setting.

Study with the Masters at one's own pace - Chapter by Chapter.

President of Riohcat Music Publishing, BMI

Publish method books and solo material and original compositions from the Group Tachoir

President of Avita Records - record label

Currently have 7 releases available

Leader of the Group Tachoir

Contemporary jazz quartet - International touring and recording artist

Tachoir/Manakas Duo - Contemporary jazz duo (vibraphone & guitar) - International touring and recording artist


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Jerry Tachoir

PO Box 764, Hendersonville, Tn. 37077-0764 • 615 824-1435



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