Hailed as "a great writer and a terrific trumpet player" by legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, and said by renowned jazz artist Dave Douglas to be "one of the finest young trumpeters", Tony Glausi has established his voice as an international award-winning trumpeter, keyboardist, composer, and producer in New York City.
Among other accolades, Tony won first prize in the 2017 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Solo Competition, first prize in the jazz division of the 2017 ITG International Trumpet Competition, and first prize in the jazz division of the 2014 National Trumpet Competition. Tony has been recognized in two separate issues of Downbeat Jazz & Blues Magazine for outstanding improvised solos and compositions. He was the sole recipient of the 2016-17 Laurie Frink Career Grant, an award given every other year to a young brass player in honor of Laurie’s legacy as an incomparably inspiring pedagogue, mentor, and friend. Tony has also had the unique privilege of engaging in private studies with Wynton Marsalis, one of his greatest heroes and influences.
Tony Glausi grew up in a musical family in Portland, Oregon—his mother and all four of his grandparents were professional musicians in varying capacities—and was exposed to all types of music, developing a profound love for jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and everything else in the Black American Music tradition. At a very young age he taught himself to play his favorite melodies on the piano by ear and later mastered these abilities through advanced studies in piano performance and theory. A trumpeter and composer by the age of ten, it was later in high school when Tony began to focus on jazz and improvisation.
Playing over one hundred shows last year and having recorded on more than twenty-five albums, Tony currently maintains a full schedule as an active performer and recording artist on the trumpet, flugelhorn, and keyboards. As a composer and arranger, Tony draws inspiration from his earliest musical influences while also channeling current trends in the music industry. He has written works for small and large jazz ensembles, various chamber ensembles, pop and hip-hop groups, and several short films and TV web series. His pieces have been commissioned on over a dozen occasions to be performed and recorded by numerous world-class musicians.
To date, Tony has released six records of his own music in physical and digital formats—iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Music, Google Play, and more. His debut jazz album, Identity Crisis (Dec 2015), which features ten original compositions for small jazz ensembles, earned him several noteworthy awards and garnered much praise. Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny remarked, "An exciting new voice has arrived… I’m impressed with the conception for the project as a whole… So many inspired moments… I look forward to repeated, deep listening." Tony’s sophomore release, One-Dimensional Man (Sept 2016), with his nine-piece band, also features ten original works that captivated thousands of younger fans from around the world. His third original album, Bad Boy (June 2017), with his Portland-based jazz quintet, was recorded live at The Jazz Station in Eugene, OR. Chris McCarthy, creative director of Rent Party Records, wrote after hearing it: "Tony Glausi is one bad boy on the trumpet and will be a force on the jazz scene to be reckoned with for years to come." In September of 2017, Tony re-mastered and re-released his solo piano single There Is Always Hope, originally written in response to the terrorist attacks on Paris in November of 2015. This song, with its hymn-like structure and unforgettably lyrical melody, proved to his audience Tony’s versatility and depth as an artist. His fourth full-length album, Christmas with Tony Glausi (Nov 2017), came at the request of his ever-increasing fan base and features 11 unique arrangements of holiday classics including Frosty the Snowman, Greensleeves, and Silent Night. Tony’s most recently produced EP, TGXP Vol I: Midnight Snack (Feb 2018), was conceived and recorded in just two hours and is entirely improvised from start to finish. With Tony on keys, this album clearly branches out from his others as it delves into freestyle hip-hop featuring some of Oregon's finest emcees.
With full-ride scholarships to complete both a bachelor's degree in jazz performance and a master’s in jazz composition at the University of Oregon, Tony had the opportunity to study with several renowned faculty members including Brian McWhorter and Steve Owen, and he composed for, performed and recorded with university ensembles including the JazzArts Oregon Combo, the prestigious Oregon Jazz Ensemble, the UO Trumpet Ensemble, and the university’s premier brass quintet. During those five cumulative years of collegiate studies he was also involved with other Oregon-based groups including OrchestraNEXT, Beta Collide, the Eugene Composer’s Big Band, and his own Red Pants Trio.
A passionate and devoted music educator, Tony maintains a private lesson studio in person and online via Skype, and he is consistently engaged with middle schools, high schools, colleges, and summer camps throughout the United States. In the past he has worked for the University of Oregon as a graduate teaching assistant and for the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts as a private instructor and founding director of the Shedd Youth Jazz Orchestras.
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Instruments: Bach 43 trumpet, Bach flugelhorn, Yamaha 11B4 mouthpiece, Nord Stage 2EX keyboard
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Sponsorships through Patreon: Paul Roth, Carma & Wallace Glausi, Holly Claypool & Family