Started playing guitar at age 10. Later, informal lessons with uncle, Oscar DiGregorio. Lessons Louis E. Bruno. B.A.in music from Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Guitar briefly with Gene Bertoncini; Mark Diorio. Classical guitar with Dennis Cinelli; Composition, Schoenberg harmony/counterpoint, piano and solfeggio with Paul Caputo; improvisation/composition with Marty Ehrlich.
Composed/performed incidental music for experimental theater productions of The Room (composer) and The Lady Aoi (composer/performer), Journey into the Night (composer/performer) in New York* and San Francisco**. with bassist *Gerard Zanonico; with clarinetist **Robert Rossette.
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CD Review: The Tony DeGregorio Sextet's I Love Pancakes!
By Ron Hart
There is nary a genre of music that goes better with breakfast quite like jazz. Nothing makes that first meal of the day more satisfying than having it scored by the soothing sax work of Stan Getz or the plaintive piano genius of Bill Evans on a calm Sunday morning. So when Hudson Valley-by-way-of-Brooklyn guitarist Tony DiGregorio titled the latest LP from his renowned sextet I Love Pancakes!, he was perhaps not so much trying to be goofy as he was providing concrete evidence to this idea of breakfast and jazz being quintessential bedfellows.
DiGregorio and his group, which is rounded out by Tim Hays on alto sax, Nathan Paris on trombone, Hilliard Greene and Joseph M