b. 20 July 1948, Hartlepool, Co. Durham, England. The son of a tenor saxophone/clarinet player, Tilbrook studied drums for two years with Max Abrams. In 1974 he replaced Tony Hicks in the blues-influenced rock trio Back Door and toured extensively in Germany and the UK in the 70s with British blues giant Alexis Korner. Tilbrook formed Full Circle with trombonist Rick Taylor in 1984 and has, throughout his freelance career, played with many American musicians, including Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Al Grey, James Moody, Jimmy Witherspoon and Al Casey, as well as British artists such as Ian Carr, Allan Holdsworth, Don Weller and Stan Tracey. A powerful yet tasteful technician, influenced by Elvin Jones and Billy Higgins, Tilbrook has also taught percussion for many years, and since 1986 has worked with Northern Arts/Yorkshire Arts as Jazz Development Officer based at Jazz Action in Darlington.
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