The Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip will appear at Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek, N.Y. on Saturday February 5, at 7:30 PM. The group is composed of Tony Jenkins on guitar, Frank Conti on saxophone and flute, Glendon Ingalls on trumpet, Greg Brown on bass and David Bergen on drums. Tony Jenkins will present a classic, latin, funk and original jazz tour of the music of Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and Eddie Harris. The concert is presented by Upper Hudson Musical Arts, a not for profit corporation dedicated to bringing excellent music to northern New York. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. For more information see www.upperhudsonmusic.org or call 518-681-1715.This concert is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Here’s some more information about the band members:
Anthony Jenkins held his first guitar at the age of 13. It was an instant and magical connection which would result in a life long love of playing and writing music. A self-taught musician, he drew his inspiration from Jimi Hendriz, George Benson, John McLaughlin, and Al DiMeola. Growing up in Newark, NJ, he began playing with Port Authority in the early 70s and quickly became a staple on the local music scene, performing at The Cotton Club and the Blue Note Jazz Club. He later joined the 80s reunion tour of the DooWop famed band, The Crests. In 1997, Anthony moved to New York to work with Terri Hollinger and Friends, August Rose, and Lauren Hill. Moving to Glens Falls gave Anthony the opportunity to put together his first rock/funk band, Who’s Your Daddy, and later, Echo. Setting aside his rock and roll days, Anthony set a goal to venture forward with his true passion, jazz, and worked diligently to form his current band, The Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip. With the back up of some of the area’s finest jazz musicians, the group performs original compositions and favorite jazz standards. They perform regularly at Wallabees Jazz Bar in Glens Falls, the Georgian, the Algonquin, and Coopers Cave Pub.
Frank Conti, saxophone and flute, is originally from western New York. He received music degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Virginia and Fredonia State University. He was a member of the US Army Band during the Vietnam era. In 2002, he retired as band director at Johnsburg Central School. He has performed with the Tommy Dorsey Band, the Steve Speigal Band in Los Angeles, the Eastman School of Music Summer Lab Jazz Band, and the Barnum and Bailey Circus Band. In addition, he has backed up the Coasters, Freddy Canon, Pat Boone, Bob Hope, and Robert Goulet. He currently lives in Johnsburg with his wife, Denise.
Glendon Ingalls, trumpet, is Director of Instrumental Music at Rutland Town Elementary/Middle School in Vermont. A multi-instrumentalist, he directs a program with 150 students involved in 3 concert band, a marching band, and 3 jazz ensembles. He also serves as a string bass, electric bass, and trumpet instructor at Middlebury College. President of the VT Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators, he has recorded with a wide variety of groups including the VT Jazz Ensemble, Jenni Johnson, Phil Henry, and Onion River Jazz Band. In 2001 he appeared with Burlington singer, Jenni Johnson, at the Jaroslavl International Jazz Festival in Russia. He resides in Rutland with his wife, Dinah Stafford.
Greg Brown, bass, was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. In 1975 he studied the bass with the Jazz Mobile workshop in NYC. That same year he went on to tour with the Flamingo’s. In 1978 he toured with Dollar Brand in Europe, Africa, and Japan. In 1984 he moved to the North Country where he is currently performing with Ray Alexander at the Sagamore Hotel and the Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip. He also performs with various artists throughout the capital region.
David Bergen, drums, was born and raised in Saratoga Springs and received a BA in Music and Sociology at SUNY Albany, where he studied with Richard Albagli. He served as principle percussionist in the University Percussion Ensemble for 4 years. Shortly after graduation, jazz music became his focus. After a 10 year tenure on the NYC music scene, including intensive study at the world famous Drummers Collective with Peter Retzlaff, Ian Froman, Kim Plainfield, and other world class players, he moved back upstate for a breath of fresh air. He continues his studies with Ian Froman and plays with the Capital District’s finest jazz professionals.