Tony started singing and playing bass guitar for White Lightnin’ at the age of 16. Along with other original member, Glen Ahearn, Tony co-wrote and arranged some of White Lightnin’s earliest music. Trading in the bass guitar for the microphone, Tony prides himself on his versatility as a performer and has sung or played harmonica with such notables as Al Vega, Paul Fontaine, Brass Force, Brian Maes, Mid-Life Crisis Jazz Band and legendary blues/soul guitarist Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson. Tony currently leads his own self-titled group as well mixing various styles of jazz and r&b. His debut Record Something to Say made the Grammy pool for nomination consideration.
VENUES PLAYED ~ Opera House, Boston; Mechanic’s Hall, Worcester; Ryle’s, Cambridge; Acton Jazz Café, Acton; Castle Hill Estate, Ipswich; Topsfield Fair Mainstage, Spinazzola Gala, Seaport Hotel, Odyssey Cruises, Boston, MS Mount Washington, Laconia NH and many more
INFLUENCES ~ Tony prides himself on being contemporary yet in his vocal approach and style. His influences are vast and include the likes of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Kurt Elling, Al Jarreau, Harry Connick Jr., Van Morrison, Sam & Dave, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, Sting, Prince, and Stevie Wonder.
Finalist in 2007 Steppin Out Talent SEarch & Showcase at Scullers in Boston.
Cadence Review- Tony Gallo, Something To Say
Tony Gallo is a singer out of the male “saloon singer” class who takes a Jazz-pop direction on his debut Record Something To Say, that is a lot of fun. The general sound of his CD owes a lot to Steely Dan whose “Black Cow” gets a letter-perfect copy here. There’s an understated funkiness and sense of play that enhances all the standards Gallo does, but doesn’t overwhelm them. “All Blues” gets a fun arrangement using electric bass, organ, and Gallo’s own harmonica. Horace Silver’s “Song For My Father” is a cool showcase for Gallo’s slick, soulful singing; “St. Thomas” becomes tropical funk with Lucas Pickford’s electric bass leading the parade; and “Mood Indigo” gets a nifty New Orleans second line treatment carried by Steve Rose’s wicked drumming. Gallo and his group prove they can do straight acoustic work as well on “Do Nothin’ Til You From Me” and “My One And Only Love,” handling those songs with traditional romance and class. Tony Gallo is a different animal from all the other faux-Bennetts and Sinatras out there. His music doesn’t sound like an instant museum piece, but modern and lively. He really brings imagination and style to the party. -Jerome Wilson- Cadence Magazine (jazz & blues resource in New York)