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UPC - 031397250327
Tony White - Tony White

Release Date - Feb, 1996
$14.98

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Tony White has been the featured saxaphone soloist and horn arranger for 10,000 Maniacs for the past several years. As a respected cabaret musician in Atlantic City for more than a decade, he has worked with everyone from Jay Leno and David Brenner to Tony Bennett, The Temptations and The Four Tops. He even jammed with the then newly elected US President Bill Clinton at the 1992 MTV Inaugural Ball. Tony was born May 1, 1960 in Queens, New York. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to Massapequa, Long Island, where he remained through his high school years. Tony credits his family and their love for music for “setting a fire in my desire to study jazz.” His brother Glenn is an accomplished pianist and singer and an important contributor to the present CD. His mother’s love for the vocalists of the time introduced him to Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and other great pop singers. His father, a former drummer, turned him on to jazz. Tony showed his musical talent early. He started playing clarinet at age 7, under the tutelage of Joseph Genna, a distant relative and one of the world’s great teachers. By the age of 12, the young prodigy had mastered the instrument well enough to perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, earning himself 1st chair in the All-County Wind Ensemble. Later in high school, Tony became 1st chair in the All State Orchestra. Four years later, at age 16, Tony turned to jazz saxophone, under the influence of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Ben Webster, Stan Getz and other great reedmen of the past. Tony continued his studies with Genna, who encouraged the move to jazz by giving him a solid foundation in the disciplines of harmony and improvisation. In 1978, Tony traveled to Boston to enroll in the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he studied sax with the great Andy McGee and jammed with such fellow students as Branford Marsalis, Steve Vai, Tommy Campbell and Mike Manring. Fresh out of school at the ripe old age of 20, White formed his first group and launched his career. Spectrum, as the band was known, toured the Northeast for three years and was the opening act for Dr. Hook, B.J. Thomas and the Atlanta Rhythm Section, among others. In 1983, he moved to Atlantic City and co-founded Cheers, which was named Atlantic City Magazine’s “Band Of The Year” for three consecutive years. “Cheers” went on to become the town’s most sought-after show band. “I try to combine the accessibility of contemporary jazz with the sophisticated rhythms and harmonies of straight-ahead jazz,” Tony says. During the years spent in Atlantic City, he played with many top stars including, Tony Bennett, Anthony Newly, Lonie Kazan, Mitzi Gaynor, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Little Anthony, Jay Leno, David Brenner and countless others. In the late 1980s Tony hooked up with the Dovells (which years later led to the Bill Clinton gigs). Shortly thereafter, he became the featured soloist and horn arranger for Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs. During his stint with the Maniacs, Tony toured extensively including dates with Paul McCartney and numerous TV appearances (The Tonight Show, Arsenio Hall, MTV Inaugural Ball, etc.) At the MTV Ball, White was chosen to stand with President Clinton as they performed with the R&B group, En Vogue. Tony’s most memorable evening was when he stepped out on stage to perform his arrangement including solo of the classic, “To Sir With Love” while backing 10,000 Maniacs and their special guest REM’s Michael Stipe. The track was later featured on the “Rock The Vote” live CD compilation. This self entitled CD is Tony’s debut as a songwriter, arranger and producer. It’s his sincere personal hope that the songs on “Tony White” bring you as much peace as it has brought to him in creating it. Tony White has been the featured saxaphone soloist and horn arranger for 10,000 Maniacs for the past several years. As a respected cabaret musician in Atlantic City for more than a decade, he has worked with everyone from Jay Leno and David Brenner to Tony Bennett, The Temptations and The Four Tops. He even jammed with the then newly elected US President Bill Clinton at the 1992 MTV Inaugural Ball. Tony was born May 1, 1960 in Queens, New York. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to Massapequa, Long Island, where he remained through his high school years. Tony credits his family and their love for music for “setting a fire in my desire to study jazz.” His brother Glenn is an accomplished pianist and singer and an important contributor to the present CD. His mother’s love for the vocalists of the time introduced him to Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra and other great pop singers. His father, a former drummer, turned him on to jazz. Tony showed his musical talent early. He started playing clarinet at age 7, under the tutelage of Joseph Genna, a distant relative and one of the world’s great teachers. By the age of 12, the young prodigy had mastered the instrument well enough to perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, earning himself 1st chair in the All-County Wind Ensemble. Later in high school, Tony became 1st chair in the All State Orchestra. Four years later, at age 16, Tony turned to jazz saxophone, under the influence of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Ben Webster, Stan Getz and other great reedmen of the past. Tony continued his studies with Genna, who encouraged the move to jazz by giving him a solid foundation in the disciplines of harmony and improvisation. In 1978, Tony traveled to Boston to enroll in the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he studied sax with the great Andy McGee and jammed with such fellow students as Branford Marsalis, Steve Vai, Tommy Campbell and Mike Manring. Fresh out of school at the ripe old age of 20, White formed his first group and launched his career. Spectrum, as the band was known, toured the Northeast for three years and was the opening act for Dr. Hook, B.J. Thomas and the Atlanta Rhythm Section, among others. In 1983, he moved to Atlantic City and co-founded Cheers, which was named Atlantic City Magazine’s “Band Of The Year” for three consecutive years. “Cheers” went on to become the town’s most sought-after show band. “I try to combine the accessibility of contemporary jazz with the sophisticated rhythms and harmonies of straight-ahead jazz,” Tony says. During the years spent in Atlantic City, he played with many top stars including, Tony Bennett, Anthony Newly, Lonie Kazan, Mitzi Gaynor, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Little Anthony, Jay Leno, David Brenner and countless others. In the late 1980s Tony hooked up with the Dovells (which years later led to the Bill Clinton gigs). Shortly thereafter, he became the featured soloist and horn arranger for Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs. During his stint with the Maniacs, Tony toured extensively including dates with Paul McCartney and numerous TV appearances (The Tonight Show, Arsenio Hall, MTV Inaugural Ball, etc.) At the MTV Ball, White was chosen to stand with President Clinton as they performed with the R&B group, En Vogue. Tony’s most memorable evening was when he stepped out on stage to perform his arrangement including solo of the classic, “To Sir With Love” while backing 10,000 Maniacs and their special guest REM’s Michael Stipe. The track was later featured on the “Rock The Vote” live CD compilation. This self entitled CD is Tony’s debut as a songwriter, arranger and producer. It’s his sincere personal hope that the songs on “Tony White” bring you as much peace as it has brought to him in creating it.


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