A native of the Philadelphia area, Tal moved to Philly after high school to pursue musical studies. Tal has performed or recorded with a vast array of artists, including Johnny O'Neal Jr., Orrin Evans, Mimi Stillman, Tye Tribbett, Jeffrey Iqbal, Terell Stafford’s Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia, Roberto Quinteros, Rodney Green, John Legend, Butch Ballard, Anthony Tidd, Tim Warfield Jr., Mike Boone, Captain Black Big Band, and Jeff Bradshaw among others.
He has also shared the stage or recorded with Patti Labelle, Smokey Robinson, Ashford and Simpson, Chubby Checker, the Delfonics, and Paul Shaffer.
Tal has been a finalist for the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer’s award multiple times and was awarded the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2014. He received a bachelor’s degree in music from Temple University and a Master's in music from University of the Arts. An avid educator, he has taught at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, Haverford College, Play on, Philly!, and the Kimmel Center’s Creative Music Program, directed by Anthony Tidd. He currently lives in New York City.
Photographer: Anthony Dean