This year marks TONY MARTUCCI’S fiftieth year in music. During that time Tony has performed and recorded on stages at home and abroad with some of the greatest names in music. A short list of those collaborations include John Abercrombie, Mose Allison, Paul Bley, Michael and Randy Brecker, Rusty Bryant, Gary Burton, George Coleman, Marc Copland, Eddie Daniels, Dave Douglas, Tommy Flanagan, George Garzone, Danny Gatton, Joe Henderson, Fred Hersch, Lee Konitz, David Liebman, The Jose Limon Dance Company, Joe Lovano, Hank Marr, Donny McCaslin, Grachan Moncur lll, James Moody, Don Patterson, Dewey Redman, Joshua Redman, Sonny Stitt, and Kenny Werner.
Martucci continues to cultivate an original and interpretive drum style that is both supportive and interactive, reflecting his deep understanding of the jazz tradition and his vast stylistic influences. Tony is a skilled accompanist and a soloist of unusual melodic depth.
Tony’s extensive discography includes four critically acclaimed recordings under his own name: “EARTH TONES” (which earned a spot on the Jazz Times Critics Pick Best of the Year), “COLLAGE”, “LONG STREET CHARM” (rated four stars in Down Beat magazine), and the most recent, “LIFE IN HAND,” included by The Washington Post in its list of the best recordings of 2011. In addition to leading his own ensembles, current projects include The Jazz Update, The Victor Haskins Group, Glenn Wilson, and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Mary Morton Parsons Jazz Masters.
Martucci has been a professor of music at The College of William and Mary and The University of Maryland. Tony currently is an adjunct professor of music at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he teaches drum set, Latin percussion, and small jazz ensemble. Tony is also a teaching artist for the Washington Performing Arts Society, The Capitol Jazz Project, and the Kennedy Center Jazz Outreach program in Washington D.C.by