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 now runs a cool jazz function band (Anthony’s AllStars) featuring both clarinet and saxophone, These Foolish Things, a clarinet duo with vocalist/guitarist Di Clift providing entertainment for care homes, and a classical duo (piano/clarinet). He also works for other bands including the Vic Cracknell Swing Band.
Widely known around the Surrey/Hants/Sussex borders as a Reeds teacher, he teaches students ranging from adult beginners to advanced Grade 8 and Diploma-level specialists. His forte is improvisational jazz, and he also covers all other genres including classical.
Much of his time is spent composing and recording for What Part of Freedom…? Samples and sales via CDBaby