“What a treat!”  said Kaylene Peoples after performing with Terrance Tony at Terrance-Tony_by-Arun-Nevaderthe Crab Landing for JJ’s House of Jazz Tour 2012.

Playing alongside Carl Lockett, Kevin Lockett, and Jeri J, he exuded the quiet strength that comes from decades of playing at the highest levels with some of the world’s greatest jazz legends.  He’s toured all over the US, Japan, and Europe with the legendary Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, whose member list over the years reads like a “Who’s Who” of jazz:  Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, and Wynton Marsalis.

A Houston native, Terrance Tony started playing alto sax in junior high school, went through a short infatuation period with funk during his high school years, returning to jazz for good after hearing Grover Washington Jr.  He cites among his influences pianist Art Tatum, Johnny Hedges, Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Eric Dolphy, Clenhead Vinson, and Cannonball Adderly; notably Parker, Adderly, and Vinson, who strengthened his affinity with bop and down-home blues.

He also led a New York jazz/blues combo that included Bobby Rodriguez.

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Photo: Arun Nevader

Between tours with Art Blakey, Terrance Tony has made a number of guest appearances around the country, playing with many of the jazz greats.  His strong, clean, pure sound shows his classic roots, but with touches of soul, bop, and down home blues.  Definitely a must see & hear if he’s playing anywhere around you.

 

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