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.
By his late teens Tony was frequenting jazz clubs throughout Atlantic City. He began performing with local musicians at places like Rosa's Jazz Club and the Kentucky Avenue Jazz Festival. I was just sitting in but that was okay. I saw these as opportunities to learn.
Among the very best jazz guitarists of the current generation
who play in traditional style, be sure to add the name of Tony Do Rosario.
-(Brad Walseth)JazzChicago.net 2008
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
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