Anthony Wonsey VSP Electric


Chicago native Anthony Wonsey is one of the most innovative jazz pianists on the planet. Anthony’s introduction to music began at a young age via the influence of his  mother Darlene, a classically trained pianist, lessons from trumpeter Zilner Randolph, musical  director for Louis Armstrong’s band, and many moments in his family’s basement with his father  Anthony, a Chicago postal worker/jazz fan who schooled his son, via a staticky AM radio, on the  music he loved.  

His progression flourished, resulting in a full scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of  Music in Boston. While a student, he played locally with Roy Hargrove and Antonio Hart; toured  with Kenny Garrett and Nneena Freelon, followed by a staggering move when recruited by the  legendary drummer Elvin Jones to join his group. Wonsey relocated from Boston to NYC and  played with Jones’ Jazz Machine for five years. Mulgrew Miller and James Williams also  became mentors.  

His first album as a leader was Anthonyolgy, followed by Blues for Hiroshi, and The Thang. He  played solo concerts in Argentina and Italy. His unique sound generated sessions and live dates.  Over the years he’s played with Jeremy Pelt, Charles Tolliver, Louis Hayes, Clark Terry, Russell  Malone, Donald Harrison, Carmen Lundy, and Phil Woods.  

The pandemic hit musicians as hard as anyone. Clubs were closed, touring was restricted,  playing with others was limited. Anthony Wonsey didn’t do recluse. He assembled a session for a  recording date that resulted in his newest album: Lorraine’s Lullaby. Produced by Jeremy Pelt,  the album, released in early November, is a meditative but swinging collection of inspired  originals and deftly arranged standards. 

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January 01, 1970

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