Bio: A Life In Jazz

Tony Pacini

The jazz piano artistry of Tony Pacini has been enthusiastically enjoyed by nightclub and festival audiences throughout the West coast as well as in his hometown of Portland, Oregon.

Born in Tokyo, Japan (May, 1970), while his father, (a consummate musician) was on the road at the time; pianist Tony Pacini came to Portland, Oregon as an infant. Tony's exposure to music began at an early age, having the added benefits of growing up in a musical family including three uncles, two aunts and a father all of whom were experienced musicians. A piano student since age 5, Tony led his first trio as a teenager, holding down weekends at a popular jazz spot.

The piano made higher education possible for Tony, including study at Boston's prestigious Berklee College Of Music, courtesy of a all-tuition paid scholarship from jazz critic Leonard Feather.

Upon returning to Portland Tony immersed himself in the jazz scene performing with, most notably: Leroy Vinnegar, Bud Shank, Benny Golson, Byron Stripling, Terell Stafford, Curtis Fuller, Mary Stallings, Chuck Redd, Marlena Shaw, Harry Allen, Ritchie Cole, Carl Saunders, Chuck Israels, Dan Faehnle, Bill Henderson, Claudio Roditi, Hadley Calliman, Mel Brown, Ron Steen, Nancy King and Rebecca Kilgore, just to name a few.

In addition to leading the Tony Pacini Trio, Tony Pacini is the pianist and musical director of the Mel Brown Quartet as well as producer of the Mel Brown Quartet's hit release, "Live: An Evening With The Mel Brown Quartet".

Tony's concert and festival highlights include:

...The Portland Jazz Festival with Mel Brown, Ed Bennett, The Tony Pacini Trio and solo performances...

...The Newport Oregon Jazz Festival with vocalist Marlena Shaw and the Mel Brown Quartet...

...The Jazz Society of Oregon's First Jazz Concert Series with tenor sax player/BMG recording artist Harry Allen, as well as performances with the Tony Pacini Trio...

...Centrum Jazz Festival Port Townsend, WA. with Dick Berk, Chuck Israels, Dan Faehnle, Phil Baker, and Claudio Roditi...

...The Jazz at Newport Festival with Marlena Shaw and the Mel Brown Quartet...

...The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival with The Tony Pacini Trio, Leroy Vinnegar, Ritchie Cole, Dick Berk, Dan Faehnle, Mel Brown, and Mike Horsfall...

...Jazz Alley (Seattle, WA.) and the Anacortes Jazz Festival with Mary Stallings...

...Mt Hood Festival of Jazz with guitarist Dan Faehnle, Paul Mazzio, and Ron Steen...

...Concerts and jazz workshops with L.A. trumpet legend Carl Saunders, vibraphonist Chuck Redd, saxophinist Antonio Hart, and vocalist Ernie Andrews. (In conjunction with Mt. Hood Community College, the Leroy Vinnegar Institute, Tall Jazz and KMHD Radio)...

Additionally, Tony Pacini is the host of "Jazz Connections", a specialty show featuring primarily jazz pianists. This program is accompanied by Tony Pacini's interspersed commentary which showcases his rich knowledge of jazz & musical history. The show is broadcast Sunday afternoon 4:00pm to 6:00pm (U.S. Pacific Time) on K.M.H.D. 89.1 fm, - Portland's Jazz Radio.

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More about Tony Pacini may be found at the main site:
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