After many years as a world class drummer, Tony Jefferson segued into the world of singing. His diverse experience as a drummer and his passion for woodwinds led him to explore musical realms that inform his approach to singing.
Some of Tony’s recent vocal performances have been: The Kitano Hotel in New York City, The Princeton Jazz Festival in New Jersey, Storm King Art Center, NY, The Dobbs Ferry Summer Music Festival, NY and the Hopper House in Nyack, NY and two tours for Jazz @ Lincoln Center/US State Dept with Paul Beaudry & Pathways. The tours included Central America, South America (2010) and Central Asia (2011).
Tony has stepped out from behind the drums to sing as a guest vocalist at the Iridium, Smoke and the Blue Note in Manhattan. Tony has been featured as a guest singer with Cameron Brown’s Here & Now Band with Sheila Jordan and Don Byron. The band toured Germany and Austria in 2010.
“Not only is Tony a wonderful drummer, he is also a wonderful singer with a very original sound.” —Sheila Jordan
“On his debut CD as a singer you can hear Tony Jefferson’s lifetime experience as a seasoned musician as well as the history of great jazz singers emanating throughout his performance.”
“I've had the pleasure of listening to Tony Jefferson's vocal tracks, and I was thoroughly entertained with his effortless swing and attractive tone quality. —Marion Cowings
”Jefferson's rendition of Jimmy Van Heusen's ‘But Beautiful’ is fabulous