TONY AXTELL, a native Minnesotan, graduated from the Musician's Institute Of Technology in Los Angeles, CA with a degree in bass studies. A true multi-instrumentalist, he is an accomplished bassist, keyboardist, drummer, guitarist, vocalist, and a prolific composer, arranger and producer. Tony produces several CDs per year on his own and in collaboration with his partner Matthew Zimmerman of Wildsound Studios, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Throughout his 28 year career, Tony has toured and recorded nationally and internationally with an array of artists including, jazz vocalist and Grammy nominee, Mark Murphy, Japanese artist/keyboardist/producer and multi-award winner, Toshi Hinata (JVC), R&B funk group TKO the "KAJ Orchestra"(Prince), fusion group "Samoa"(ProJazz), artist/guitarist Jimi Behringer (Go Jazz), artist/vocalist Diana Grasselli, Japanese artist/pianist Yukiko Isomura (Victor Records Japan), artist/keyboardist/producer Ricky Peterson, artist/vocalist/writer Kimberly Michaels and pop artist/vocalist icon Donny Osmond. Currently, Tony is keeping quite busy, not only touring with Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" as the front of house sound engineer, but also continually moving forward with his own writing and production, as well as many other musical projects and performance settings.
Hey Tone, fancy meetin' the fretted, fretless, frequent flier here. It's still not too late to take up the sax, you know. Doesn't "Axtell" mean "horn of wonder" in your native language? Ha ;o) Late night, but thought I'd say, zzz... May all be well with the jetsetter. Keep your green powder dry and here's to smooth journeys for my old friend.
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