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Bio: A life in jazz.

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, Antonio Hart, Bill Henderson, Bud Shank, Benny Golson, Byron Stripling, Carl Sanders, Chuck Israels, Chuck Redd, Claudio Roditi, Curtis Fuller, Dan Faehnle, Hadley Calliman, Harry Allen, Marlena Shaw, Mary Stallings, Mel Brown, Ritchie Cole, Ron Steen, Nancy King and Rebecca Kilgore.

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 new hit release, "Live: An Evening With The Mel Brown Quartet"), an owner of Saphu Records (an independant, boutique jazz record label with international distribution), and, Pacini broadcasts as jazz radio host Sunday afternoons 4:00pm-6:00pm Pacific Time (World Clock; UTC/GMT -7 hours) on K.M.H.D. 89.1fm Portland, OR. Stream KMHD online anywhere in the world at;

Tony's concert and festival highlights include:

...The PDX Jazz Festival (Portland Jazz Festival) with The Tony Pacini Trio / Enrico Rava (Concert theme featuring Italian American Composers)...

...Jazz At The Oxford (Concert Series) with the Mel Brown Quartet (2010), Jeremy Pelt (2012), Mary Stallings (2014)...

...Oregon Coast Jazz Party (Newport, OR) with Chuck Redd / Denise Donatelli...

...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 (of Pink Martini), and Claudio Roditi.

...The Jazz at Newport, OR Festival with Marlena Shaw and the Mel Brown Quartet (2005).

...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. (In conjunction with Mt. Hood Community College, the Leroy Vinnegar Institute, Tall Jazz and KMHD Radio).

Other Portland concerts; Pacini has accompanied (for special concerts in nightclubs) jazz luminaries Antonio Hart, Anat Cohen, Autie Goodman, Benny Golson, Bill Henderson, Byron Stripling, Curtis Fuller, Dan Faehnle, Dick Berk, Donny Osborne, Eden Atwood, Ernie Andrews, Gary Hobbs, Glen Moore, Hadley Caliman, Harry Allen, Mary Stallings, Nancy King, Rebecca Kilgore, Sonny Turner of "The Platters", Shirley Nanette, & Terell Stafford.

The Tony Pacini Trio's Bio:

The Tony Pacini Trio

Tony Pacini-piano, Ed Bennett-bass, Tim Rap-drums.

The caliber of musicianship and mastery of jazz form are apparent to the listener. The players demonstrate strong personal styles crafted through years of study, stage and studio performance and respect for the jazz tradition.

On The Piano: Born in Tokyo, Japan pianist Tony Pacini came to Portland, Oregon as an infant. 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 Berklee College Of Music, courtesy of a Leonard Feather scholarship.

Once back in Portland, Tony immersed himself in the jazz scene performing with, most notably: Leroy Vinnegar, Bud Shank, Harry Allen, Ritchie Cole, Chuck Israels, Dan Faehnle, Mary Stallings, Hadley Calliman, Mel Brown, Ron Steen, Nancy King and Rebecca Kilgore. Tony's playing won him the piano chair in guitarist Dan Faehnle's Quartet, joining bassist Ed Bennett and drummer Mel Brown. After several years of working together, Tony and Ed enlisted drummer Tim Rap, and their shared musical vision was realized with the creation of the Tony Pacini Trio.

On The Drums: Tim credits Billy Higgins' philosophy - to play what the music calls for, no more no less, with shaping his thoughtful approach to the role of the drums in jazz. Tim's exceptional talent caught the ear of guitarist John Stowell, leading to performances with world class vocalists Nancy King, Shirley Nanette and jazz guitar icon Herb Ellis.

On The Bass: Long considered one of the West coast's first rate string bass players, Ed stepped onto the world stage in the 1970's, touring with jazz great Carmen McRae. Three recordings were produced during Ed's work with Carmen most notably the Grammy nominated "Live At The Great American Music Hall" on Blue Note Records, which also featured Joey Baron, Marshall Otwell and jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie.

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A few colleagues Tony has shared bandstands with.

Anette Lowman, Barbara Lusch,
Belinda Underwood, Bill Henderson,
Carolyn Joyce, Dee Daniels,
Eden Atwood, Ernie Andrews,
Janis Mann, Jill Seifers,
Kacy Colleen, Karrin Allyson, Marilyn Keller,
Marlena Shaw, Mary Kadderly,
Mary Stallings, Mia Nicholson,
Mike Winkle, Nancy King, Ralph Black,
Rebecca Kilgore, Robert Hicks,
Shelly Rudolph, Shirley Nanette,
Steve March-Torme (Mel Torme's son),
"Sweet Baby" James Benton,
The Four Freshman, Toni Lincoln,
Victoria Corrigan.

Anat Cohen, Antonio Hart, Benny Golson,
Bobby Hernandez, Ben Fowler,
Brian Dickerson, Bruce Babad,
Bud Shank, Cheryl Alex, Dan Blunck,
Dave Evans, Gary Harris, Geoff Fotland,
Harry Allen, Hadley Calliman,
John Gross, Kirt Petersen,
Lee Wuthenow, Marc Fendel,
Patrick Lamb, Paul Ostermeier,
Pete Crislieb, Pete Peterson,
Renato Corranto, Ritchie Cole,
Rick Greene, Ricky Sweum, Rob Davis,
Rob Scheps, Sam Schlickting, Scott Hall,
Steve Frierabandt, Tim Mayor,
Warren Rand.

Trumpet Players:
Bobby Shew, Bryant Allard,
Carl Saunders, Claudio Roditi,
Dick Titterington, Doc Sevrenson,
Gary Barone, Irvin Mayfield Jr, Jeremy Pelt,
Joe Magnarelli, John Morrell, Paul Mazzio,
Terell Stafford, Thara Memory, Randy Brecker,
Steve Cannon.

Cleve Williams, Dave Bones,
Jeff Usitalo, John Moak, Keller Coker.

Alvaro Criado, Andre St.James,
Ben Jones, Ben Wolfe, Brad Herrit,
Chuck Israels, Curtis Daily, Dan Presley,
Dan Schulte, Dave Captein,
David Friesen, Ed Bennett,
Frank Delarosa, Fred Shallanar,
Jake Cot, Ken Anoe, Jim Fergusson,
Jeff Hallam, Joey Seifers,
Kate Davis, Kevin Dietz, Kim Clark,
Leroy Vinegar, Matt Garrity, Matt Pavolka,
Mike McGuirk, Paul Imm, Paul Unger,
Phil Baker, Rob Thomas, Scott Steed,
Tim Gilson, Tom Wakeling.

Akbar DePriest, Alan Jones,
Bernard Purdie, Bobby Torres,
Brian Foxworth, Brian Jenkins,
Carlton Jackson, Charlie Dogget,
Chic Colburn, Chris Hills, Chris Lee,
Chuck Redd, Curtiss Craft, Dave Averre,
Dave Evans, Dave Weinstock, Dick Berk,
Donny Osborn, Eric Powell,
Gary Hobbs, Israel Anno, Jeff Cumpston,
Jeff Evans, Kenny Johnson,
Kevin Frazee, Lawrence Williams,
Maria Joyner, Mark Aalto, Mel Brown,
Neil Masson, Randy Givens,
Rhinehardt Mels, Ron Steen,
Steve Moretti, Tim Rap, Todd Strait,
Tony Jefferson.

Dale Lawerence, Dan Balmer,
Dan Faehnle, Dan Heck, Eli Reisman,
Giacomo Gates, Jerry Hahn,
John Keyser, John Stowell, John Butler,
Matt Schiff, Mimi Fox, Norman Sylvestor,
Paul Weeden, Ralph Pritikin, Stevie Zee.

Chuck Redd, Mark Sherman,
Mike Horsfall.

AM Northwest television appearance with Steve March-Torme (Mel Torme‘s son); Anacortes Jazz Festival with Mary Stallings, Art Fair, Bandon Performing Arts Center Jazz Concert featuring the Tony Pacini Trio with tenor sax player Lee Wuthenow, Bellingham, Washington concert series; Bernard Purdie & the Bernard Purdie tribute, Blue Lake Park Concerts, Blue Note Lounge, College of Reno, Nevada Festival; composition of original score for a production of W. Shakespeare's "A Mid-Summer's Night Dream" (Northwest Repertory Theatre), Dan Faehnle's CD "My Ideal" (Pillar Productions 1996; featuring Dan Faehnle, Tony Pacini, Ed Bennett, Mel Brown, Larry Fuller, Tom Grant, Bobby Torres, and Curtis Craft); Diane Mitchell concert series with Jim Fergusson, Glen Eden Beach Concert Series with Harry Allen (Jazz Oregon), Irvin Mayfield Jr. (the first performance of the Elysian Trumpet built by David Monette in dedication to Mr. Mayfield Sr. and all the victims of hurricane Katrina), Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (Moscow, Idaho); live radio performances K.M.H.D., K.P.L.U., Pacific Lutheran College Festival; Pearl's (San Francisco, CA.), performances onboard The Portland Spirit and The Sternwheeler, Petty Cash, Reno, Nevada (at the Reno Hilton as musical director and pianist of the Mel Brown Quartet), Salishan Jazz Party, appearances with Tall Jazz (Dan Presley, Kurt Deutcher, Mike Horsfall), appearances with The Art Abrahms Swing Machine, The Bite, Jazz Alley (Seattle, WA.), The Four Freshman, The Mt.Hood Kicks Band, The Portland Rose Festival, The Red Mitchell Memorial Concert accompanying Bud Shank, Tri-cities, Washington Jazz Series (member of the Mel Brown Quintet); Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival, the Silverton Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival accompanying Marlena Shaw, the Mt Hood Festival Jazz.

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