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Tony Grasso

Tony Grasso in Performance: Samples

Blues 5 Spot/Tenor Madness
Blue Suede Shoes
What is This Thing Called Love

Tony is presently accepting new students. Students of all levels (beginner through advanced) are welcome.

About Tony Grasso

Tony is a graduate of the Naval School of Music in Norfolk Virginia, and has played with various military bands over a ten-year span, including: 102nd Army National Guard Band in Hartford, Connecticut; Navy Band San Francisco; and the Great Lakes Naval Band in Chicago. He has studied with legendary tenor saxophonist Joe Daley of Chicago and pianist/author Mark Levine.

Since Tony’s arrival in Seattle, he has played or recorded with: The Ryan Burns Trio, The Young Composers Collective, The Seattle Creative Orchestra, Karin Kajita Quintet, Jeff Busch Quintet, The Manghis Khan Quartet, Ev Stern Project, The Geoff Cooke Quintet and The Steve Luceno Band. Tony has also performed numerous times at Bumbershoot, Northwest Folk life Festival, and The Seattle Jazz Festival.

Tony currently teaches trumpet techniques and jazz improvisation in Seattle and Mills Music in Issaquah. He also has participated in and instructed clinics at Seattle Central Community College, Olympic College, and Cornish College of the Arts.

Tony has released two self-produced recordings entitled “ Tony Grasso saxophone? Quartet! “ The group consists of the uniquely arranged instrumentation of trumpet, alto sax( Dan Blunck), tenor sax ( Brian Kent), bari sax ( David Johnson). This group mainly features compositions by Tony that sound like a form of chamber free jazz lined with layered contrapuntal patterns and splintered sharp fragments of sound. This ensemble performs frequently in the Seattle area. They have appeared live on KCMU “ Sonarchy Radio” with Doug Haire and KBCS Radio as well. Tony and the TGS?Q! have been featured on Jim Wilke’s “ Jazz Northwest” and have been joined by saxophonist Bert Wilson.

Trumpet Techniques For Beginning And Intermediate Students

Work out of the Rubank Method and Arbans Complete Conservatory Method.

Techniques Covered:

  • Scales and chords
  • Double and triple tonguing
  • Etude playing for endurance
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Proper breathing techniques
  • Sight-reading using duets
  • Dynamics and articulation
  • Sound of instrument
  • Efficient practice methods

Advanced Jazz and Composition Students

Brass and Reed instrumentalists with a focus on developing the ear, analysis of chord changes, and building a repertoire final to gain the skills to become a creative individual musician.

Techniques Covered:

  • Scales and chords
  • Transcriptions
  • Interpretation of styles
  • Expression development
  • Sight-reading using duets
  • Leading an ensemble
  • Personal style development
  • Composition techniques (tonal and atonal)
  • Atonal or free improvisation
  • Application of modes to chord changes
  • Blues, rhythm changes, turnaround progression, standards, and minor blues in 12 keys

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Phone - (206) 940-3982