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Tony Inzalaco

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New Jersey born Tony Inzalaco is a graduate from the Manhattan School of Music with a B.A. in Percussion and a M.A. in Music Education.  Just after college, Tony was already performing with some of the top Jazz artists of the day including Billy Taylor, Ben Webster, Roger Kellaway and Benny Bowell, to name a few.  He continued to freelance until joining the Maynard Ferguson band, a stint that last four years.   Inzalaco was one of the few drummers to work for Buddy Rich, playing drums for him when Buddy did singing engagements and also worked as Bobby Darin’s drummer for a year.   In the late 60s, he relocated to Germany where he worked constantly with artists like Art Farmer and Kenny Drew, eventually meeting Kenny Clarke, where Clarke then recommended Tony to Dexter Gordon.  Tony then toured with Gordon for the next 5 years.   Through his work with Clarke, Inzalaco worked for Carmen McRae, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Joe Henderson, Clark Terry…the list includes the greatest names in the Jazz genre. 

After leaving Europe, he returned to the East coast of the States but eventually relocated to Southern California in 1990, where he resides to this day.  Tony Inzalaco currently works and teaches in Los Angeles, performing with his own quintet and others.  He is a faculty member at the Los Angeles College of Music (LACM) in Pasadena California.

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