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 also runs a cool jazz function band (Anthony’s AllStars) which features both clarinet and saxophone, and provides entertainment for private functions as a trio, quartet, quintet or sextet, depending on budget and size of function. He plays occasional public gigs, in particular appearing annually on Godalming Bandstand as part of its Music in the Park summer concert season. He also plays with Riverside Shuffle Band and Vic Cracknell's Swing Band, and deps locally for various other outfits.
Much of his time is spent composing and arranging, and creating his own solo studio recordings of ‘intelligent pop’ (as 'What Part of Freedom.... '
Selmer Reference Tenor, Selmer Clarinet, Hansen Clarinet, Guitar (electric/acoustic nylon string) small portable amp, small dual-
speaker gig amp.
Willing to teach
Beginner to advanced
I have been teaching clarinet and sax for over 30 years, at all levels but particularly adults (beginners and returners). Many of
my past students have gone on to play happily in local amateur groups and big-bands, as well as professionally. My hours are
flexible, and I can teach you at my house or yours (though I do have to charge for travelling). I have written and published an
advanced saxophone tutorial - The Pro-Sax Companion, which was endorsed and used by the late John Dankworth