Tony began playing brass at school, before moving to Clarinet at the age of 12, and Saxophone a bit later. He turned professional in the early ‘80s, playing sax as a session musician in London, and running various rock bands in night clubs and on the gig circuit in London and South Wales. He maintained his interest in the Clarinet, and in the early ‘90s began playing jazz on the circuit in the West Country, whilst teaching on the Performing Arts syllabus at North Devon College.
Moving to Surrey in ‘98, he is now widely known as a Reeds teacher, with students ranging from adult beginners to advanced Grade 8 and Diploma-level specialists. His forte is improvisational jazz.
Tony runs a cool jazz function band (Anthony’s AllStars) featuring both clarinet and saxophone, and These Foolish Things, a clarinet duo with vocalist/guitarist Di Clift providing entertainment for care homes. He also deps locally for various other outfits.
Much of his time is spent composing and recording for What Part of Freedom…? Samples and sales via CDBaby