Posted Aug 28 2013 by Tony Cimorosi in Uncategorized with 7 Comments
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Hey Tony!! Waz up?!?! I’ve studied with Tony Cimorosi at SUNY Purchase. From the start he gave me the fundamentals that developed my skills in many genra of music. Whither it be jazz, rock, pop, R&B, etc. He helped scope my musicality to play in different settings and to always use my ears & be in the groove. From harmony to rhythm. Thanks Tony. Study with him and you’ll be on your way to becoming a sought after bass player.
Hello Tony. Fancy meeting you here!!! I wonder if you heard about this new band called NY International. Well, just in case u didn’t, here’s a link. Would love to have you come hear us 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 If you hate us, you can clonk us on the head with that bass too.
Hello Radha, Looking forward to meeting everyone on the bandstand and in the studio. This is going to be an exciting tour.
Hey Tony Tino, Great to hear from you and so happy that you’re enjoying a good career in the music bizz. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that you’ve taken the work we did together and transformed it into your style of playing the bass and making music with others. Thanks for sharing your experience with others on this blog.
Tony thank you for the all of the bass lessons preparing me for my 1st semester at Berklee College of Music. I hope to hit the stage with you sometime in the near future. Bass players, if your ready to enhance your skill level, Tony is the man to talk to!!!! Nice Blog and I’ll keep in touch!!!
You’re not just an exceptional student of music but an exceptional person and I know that you’re going to hit the high mark as a performing artist. Bernie Banola
Thank you William for permission to post your Berklee Essay.
William Eggleston Jr.
Artist Interview with Mr. Tony Cimorosi
Prior to beginning this interview, I made a conscious decision to interview someone who has made an impact on my musical journey. I recall a time in my journey where I wasn’t able to read or write music, nor was I able to execute a major scale in two octaves maneuvering horizontally and vertically on the neck of my bass. In December of 2012, after making the decision to apply at Berklee College of Music, I was introduced to a man whom today I call my friend and music mentor, one of the best electric and acoustic bass players I know, Mr. Tony Cimorosi, who prepared me for the audition and the upcoming fall semester.
Ironically during the interview, I learned that Tony was first an engineering student and Delaware Technical College, however he decided to follow his passion with music and moved to Boston to play music and later attended Berklee College of Music between 1973-74 in which he studied acoustic bass under John Neves. Prior to Berklee, Tony also studied at the famous Jazz Mobile School on 127th Street in Harlem NYC, There he studied with Dick Griffin (harmony & theory), Buster Williams (bass) and Lyle Atkinson (acoustic bass). Tony left Berklee, when he got the call to study with Charlie Banacos’ and for 2 1/2 years he was a student of Charlies. During that time he was also teaching at The Contemporary Music School in Cleveland Circle, Brookline Massachusetts where he completed his undergraduate degree and later earned his MFA in Music Composition at Purchase College SUNY and was a professor of ten years there. Instantly I recalled every bass lesson that he and I had, and I remember the gratifying feeling of being in good hands of musical instruction and wisdom. I felt like I was being prepared for what I was going to endure during my first semester at Berklee College and Music and I’m proud to say that everything paid off.
Another ironic moment during the interview is the history that Tony has in the music/musician journalism field. Tony told me that his first experience of being a journalist for one of the major magazines in the music industry was during the release of his first album “Tony Cimorosi NY International” on Epoch Records at the annual National Association of Musician Merchants also known as the NAMM show. He met the publisher Ron Garrant from BASSICS magazine who offered him a job to write and do interviews for the magazine. During this time although Tony had no interest in writing but he quickly learned the 5 journalistic concepts (who, what, when where, and how) and this opened the door for him to begin writing articles for “Drum Tracks Magazine” and “Jazz Improv Magazine”
Now during the interview, I mentioned to Tony about the recent writing communications class I had in the library of the 150 building and I mentioned a book called. “World Beat Grooves for Bass” by Tony Cimorosi (published by Hal Leonard 2000). I remember when I saw the book, and initially it was a jaw dropping experience to see book in the library on my laptop screen, and I remember immediately taking a picture of my laptop screen to text to Tony. Again I had the same initial feeling that I had when we first began our bass lessons in preparation to attend Berklee in the fall semester. Tony told me he was inspired to make that book while being a musical director and a musician for several worldwide bands. Another inspiration towards the innovation of this book was the frustration of not being able to find any music books that offered several different genres of music for bass players all in one book. Learning this small aspect from our conversation, I am determined to get a copy of the book to learn for my own personal musical goals.
In conclusion the gratifying feeling behind all of these experiences that Tony has had from being in the music industry is having been able to impart wisdom and knowledge to potential emerging musicians. Wisdom such as don’t forget who you are, don’t lie to yourself, seeking the spiritual aspect of music, all musicians read the book called, ”OUTLIERS” by Malcolm Gladwell, have a 10,000 hour mentality of practicing 20 hours a week and to set reasonable goals for yourself. Since he was inspired by bass players and musicians such as Buster Williams, Lyle Atkinson, Dick Griffin, Stanley Clarke, Charlie Banacos, Victor Wooten, and Steve Bailey, Tony’s main message that encompasses all of the wisdom that he received through the years is to “always be prepared”. After the interview, my self-gratification behind all of the information that I learned has given me a greater sense of motivation to keep pushing forward with my education at Berklee College of Music to continue perusing my dreams of being a professional and marketable musician known world-wide.
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