Austin based jazz saxophonist.
Tony Bray studied jazz improvisation and jazz pedagogy with renowned educator Jerry
Coker at the University of Tennessee. Also with William Scarlett, Bennie Wallace and
Warne Marsh at this time. Graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Studio Music and Jazz.
After college he went on to teach theory and production classes as part of the
Commercial Music program at the Antelope Valley College in California. He was also
responsible for setting up the first “Small Jazz Group” program at Cal State Northridge.
Since then, Tony traveled the world as a sax player and keyboardist, playing music on
cruise ships, clubs and casinos from Las Vegas to Singapore. Includes 3 years with
Princess Cruises, 3 years with Royal Caribbean, regular stints at the Stardust Hotel on
the Las Vegas strip and a house gig in Laughlin, NV for 3 years. He currently is a regular
part of the Austin music scene as he performs with a countless number of groups. His
own group “Tony Bray and One Too Many” just released their first CD, ‘Last Call’ and will
soon be in the studio to record their second. “Last Call” is currently in rotation on San
Antonio’s jazz radio station KRTU. They have also been a featured artist at SXSW in
Austin and also JazzSAlive in San Antonio.
As a composer, Tony’s music can also be found on CDs put out by the “Long Beach Jazz
Quartet” and the LA based group “Atria.” Currently he is also writing for the San Antonio
based latin jazz group “Zarabande.” They were featured at this year’s 2018 JazzSAlive
My Jazz Story
My extended bio is my jazz story. There is not a whole of name dropping, just the story of
how I got started and how I have managed to remain a working jazz musician my whole life.
My latest project is also getting me back into the world of jazz education. Myself and a couple
of partners have developed (and continue to develop) a series of mobile apps to teach jazz.
You can find the apps by searching iImprov in the iTunes or Google stores. Those that say
that jazz is dead, disappoint me. I am not a famous musician but my life has me living and
breathing jazz every day.