Primary Instrument: Guitar
The best musicians tend to display at least a bit of their roots in everything they do, and jazz guitarist Tony Do Rosario is no exception. While himself a product of the Atlantic City area of southern New Jersey, Tony's appreciation for music came at an early age growing up as a first-generation American amid a family whose native Brazilian culture was a regular part of the household. It was on family trips to Brazil that he recalls finding his love for life and music. There was this Samba band that would rehearse down the street,” Tony reminisces. “I remember just absorbing the energy of the music. He also enjoyed watching his grandfather, a self-taught musician, perform on the accordion for the family. Tony recalls a desire to create music of his own as early as age eight, and by age twelve, his parents had supplied him with a guitar. It was a neighbor, Tom Ferguson, however, that introduced Tony to jazz. Tom had played with legendary musicians such as Nat King Cole and Dizzy Gillespie, and Tom's stories not only enlightened Tony but inspired him to look beyond his rock and roll heroes toward jazz, where he found his true musical identity. I love the way it makes me feel and how the music evokes emotion....
Tony's new CD 'The Welcoming' is a gem. I was more than a little impressed with this recording. -(Doc Dosco) Guitarsite.com What's hot with jazz guitar 2008
Playing a fast-fingered,straight-ahead style, he is a hard-core traditionalist, solidly tapped into his roots in the styles of guitarist such as Jim Hall and Joe Pass. The L.A. Times Jazz Review-(Don Heckman)
Do Rosario brings the best of both worlds to his music, as he's firmly versed in the history of jazz but brings a modern element to his shows (Scott Semet), At the Shore, The Press of Atlantic City