Born: July 2, 1963 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Tony started singing and playing bass guitar for White Lightnin’ at the age of 16. Along with other original member, Glen Ahearn, Tony co-wrote and arranged some of White Lightnin’s earliest music. Trading in the bass guitar for the microphone, Tony prides himself on his versatility as a performer and has sung or played harmonica with such notables as Al Vega, Paul Fontaine, Brass Force, Brian Maes, Mid-Life Crisis Jazz Band and legendary blues/soul guitarist Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson. Tony currently leads his own self-titled group as well mixing various styles of jazz and r&b. His debut Record Something to Say made the Grammy pool for nomination consideration.
VENUES PLAYED ~ Opera House, Boston; Mechanic’s Hall, Worcester; Ryle’s, Cambridge; Acton Jazz Café, Acton; Castle Hill Estate, Ipswich; Topsfield Fair Mainstage, Spinazzola Gala, Seaport Hotel, Odyssey Cruises, Boston, MS Mount Washington, Laconia NH and many more
INFLUENCES ~ Tony prides himself on being contemporary yet in his vocal approach and style. His influences are vast and include the likes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Kurt Elling, Al Jarreau, Harry Connick Jr., Van Morrison, Sam & Dave, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, Sting, Prince, and Stevie Wonder.
Awards:Finalist in 2007 Steppin Out Talent SEarch & Showcase at Scullers in Boston.
Tony Gallo is a singer out of the male “saloon singer” class who takes a Jazz-pop direction on his debut Record Something To Say, that is a lot of fun. The general sound of his CD owes a lot to Steely Dan whose “Black Cow” gets a letter-perfect copy here. There’s an understated funkiness and sense of play that enhances all the standards Gallo does, but doesn’t overwhelm them. “All Blues” gets a fun arrangement using electric bass, organ, and Gallo’s own harmonica. Horace Silver’s “Song For My Father” is a cool showcase for Gallo’s slick, soulful singing; “St. Thomas” becomes tropical funk with Lucas Pickford’s electric bass leading the parade; and “Mood Indigo” gets a nifty New Orleans second line treatment carried by Steve Rose’s wicked drumming. Gallo and his group prove they can do straight acoustic work as well on “Do Nothin’ Til You From Me” and “My One And Only Love,” handling those songs with traditional romance and class. Tony Gallo is a different animal from all the other faux-Bennetts and Sinatras out there. His music doesn’t sound like an instant museum piece, but modern and lively. He really brings imagination and style to the party. -Jerome Wilson- Cadence Magazine (jazz & blues resource in New York)
Jazztrenzz- Tony Gallo “Something to Say” and sing!
Innovative interpretation and vocal tones coated in class describe the contents of Tony Gallo’s debut project “Something to Say.” This balladeer just pulsates with the attitude and finesse all polished crooners are expected to carry vocally. Along with a group of multifaceted musicians who with every cut compliment the panache of the project, this effort brings one back to that Bourbon Street feel after midnight, very smooth with a clean delivery.
You can slice and dice the talents enclosed in this jewel case but the fact is, it emulates cool with an attitude!
Johnny Mercer’s “Autumn Leaves” in the hands of Mr. Gallo, enters a whole new dimension with respect to style. He brings life to areas of the piece that before were hidden in past performances, an imaginative performance to a traditional jazz piece.
“Good Rockin at Midnight” is just packed full of vibrant sounds and instrumental ingenuity. The addition of the mouth harp just enhances this New Orleans-esque piece.
Premiere ear candy on this debut introduction to Mr. Gallo.
An evening of “My One and Only Love” can bring even the most accomplished ice queen to beat an extra beat, with the delivery Mr. Gallo serenades. The piano and percussion make this rendition the quintessential lounge tribute to that one across the table.
Mr. Gallo’s performance throughout his debut has us wondering how far he can climb both as a vocalist and bandleader. A very enjoyable and exciting push-n-play effort, looking for more in 2005! Reviewed By, Karl Stober- International Freelance Columnist/Broadcaster.
Quote by WGBH Radio Host “Just want to take a few minutes to say how much I enjoy your Cd. I like the cross over of music. My favorite is: Song For My Father. Let me introduce myself, my name is Al Davis from WGBH Radio. I host the Jazz Gallery on early Saturday Mornings. I sometimes fill in For Eric Jackson. Something to Say is part of my jazz rotation, keep up the cool playin.” -Al Davis, Jazz Gallery (89.7FM WGBH Radio)
All About Jazz- Tony Gallo, Something To Say
Sometimes a touch of class is what is needed to keep music interesting. This is decidedly the case with singer Tony Gallo's recording Something To Say, which showcases the smooth vocals of an obvious seasoned performer. Performing in the Boston and New England area, Gallo has a strong tenor to baritone range with the right amount of style that works well within the variety of music he and his flexible band plays. In covering jazz, R&B, and pop covers the selections are given stylish treatments that exude familiarity, yet still pronounce an air of freshness.
Gallo and his band start things off with a cover of Miles Davis “All Blues,” giving the classic instrumental piece a makeover with lyrics and a funky rhythm. Gallo's voice is rich with inflection on Duke Ellington's ”Do Nothing Til You Hear from Me” as he expresses the lyrics with soulful confidence. He reveals a careful study of other great vocal influences such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Ray Charles, with an ability to handle diverse material and engage the listener.
Gallo's band is also impressive; they handle the material with top-notch musicianship that should have listeners tapping their feet or just humming along. Highlights include Cole Porter's ”Night and Day,” which spots some nice rhythm and piano work, and the tight N'awleans horns on ”Ain't Misbehavin'.” Others include the heartfelt “Song for My Father” and “Autumn Leaves,” which both contain slightly Latin-flavored horns and patterns, and a danceable version of Sonny Rollins' “St Thomas,” which is sure to get you moving to its catchy beat.
The strength of Gallo's voice is fully displayed on “My One and Only Love” as each note resonates depth, power, and sheer control. The CD concludes with a fresh take on Steely Dan's ever cool “Black Cow,” which is complete with tight horns, soulful background vocals, and just the right vibe. Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz
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