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Tony Scherr

Tony Scherr is arguably one of the most in-demand sidemen in New York City. The list is long; as a bassist, guitarist, or singer Tony has worked with: Bill Frisell Trio, Sexmob, John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, Willie Nelson, Rickie Lee Jones, Ani DiFranco, Jason Collett (Broken Social Scene), Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Jesse Harris, Richard Julian, Sasha Dobson, Shawn Colvin, The Abrams Brothers, Kevin Kinney (Drivin N Cryin), and Teddy Thompson to name a few.

He still tours, records, and plays around town regularly with a very broad range of artists, and has played on many albums, movie and television scores. In the 1990's, Tony built his own 8 track analog studio where he has recorded and played on numerous albums. A Grammy nominated producer, Tony has produced and engineered a diverse body of work that includes two records of his own music released on Smells Like Records titled "Come Around"(2001), and "Twist in the Wind"(2008).

He is also busy with his own band; Tony Scherr Trio, singing his own songs, performing steadily in the NY area, and touring the US, Canada, and Europe. This band travels light, is self managed and booked, and is currently recording a new live album to be released Spring 2011.

Born in New Haven, CT, Tony began studying string bass at the age of five. He rebelled by picking up guitar at twelve years old and forming a series of garage bands with his brother Pete on bass. After trying music school, Tony spent a couple of years on the road with the Woody Herman band, landing in New York in the late eighties.

This led to a blizzard of bass gigs playing with many of New York's finest jazz musicians (Al Grey, Maria Schneider, Dakota Staton, John Scofield, Stanley Turrentine, pianist Steve Kuhn and many more...), for most of his twenties, after which he rebelled again by picking up the guitar, writing songs, and singing. The New York Times has declared him to be a “singer-songwriter of deep and palpable conviction”.

He is still playing string bass as a member of the Bill Frisell Trio (10 years), and Sex Mob (15 years), and plays guitar as a member of Ursa Minor (8 years), and in Anton Fier's recently reformed rock band The Golden Palominos.

Tony Scherr lives in Brooklyn.


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Tony Scherr "Twist in the Wind" out on March 17, 2008

Tony Scherr "Twist in the Wind" out on March 17, 2008

Source: All About Jazz

"One of the best guitar players I've ever seen." -Norah Jones

“Tony is one of the most original and soulful musicians I know. I love his slide playing, his voice, his songs...and this new album." -Bonnie Raitt

“Of all the marvelous musical roles Tony plays, I like it when he sings and plays his own songs best. He is a soulful guitarist and honest singer who writes as naturally and casually as he speaks." ...

“Tony Scherr has a few different profiles as a musician, each of them sharp-honed…and generously melding into the others.” —New York Times



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

RETRO Trilogy

Allegato Music


There Is A Dance

Newvelle Records



Self Produced


Another Way Home




Nonesuch Records



From: RETRO Trilogy
By Tony Scherr

The Wind

From: RETRO Trilogy
By Tony Scherr

Lonely Hearts

From: Another Way Home
By Tony Scherr


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