The jazz piano artistry of Tony Pacini has been enthusiastically enjoyed by nightclub and festival audiences throughout the West coast as well as in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Born in Tokyo, Japan (May, 1970), while his father, (a consumate musician) was on the road at the time; pianist Tony Pacini came to Portland, Oregon as an infant. Tony's exposure to music began at an early age, having the added benefits of growing up in a musical family including three uncles, two aunts and a father all of whom were experienced musicians. A piano student since age 5, Tony led his first trio as a teenager, holding down weekends at a popular jazz spot. The piano made higher education possible for Tony, including study at Boston's prestigious Berklee College Of Music, courtesy of a all-tuition paid scholarship from jazz critic Leonard Feather. Upon returning to Portland Tony immersed himself in the jazz scene performing with, most notably: Leroy Vinnegar, Bud Shank, Harry Allen, Ritchie Cole, Carl Saunders, Chuck Israels, Dan Faehnle, Claudio Roditi, Hadley Calliman, Mel Brown, Ron Steen, Nancy King and Rebecca Kilgore. In addition to leading the Tony Pacini Trio, Tony Pacini is the pianist and musical director of the Mel Brown Quartet as well as producer of the Mel Brown Quartet's new hit release: Live: An Evening With The Mel Brown Quartet.
After a 5 year stint studying and working in LA, Colleen returned to Portland and formed a voice/guitar duo called Nouveau 2 and recorded Sojourn, a compilation of guitar/vocal duets. Eventually, Kacy dropped the name Nouveau 2 and expanded the instrumentation of the group, often including flute or saxophone. Kacy’s second recording, You Were Meant For Me is a collection of favorite tunes performed in an array of instrumentation, from duo to sextet. In addition to recording and performing, Kacy Colleen created Jazz Notes, a special feature for local jazz station, KMHD. Colleen researched, recorded and produced a series of audio portraits of some of the greatest jazz artists. Over the years her concerts have included a promotional tour of California, the Portland Mayor’s Ball, the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz, North by Northwest, and performances at many of the Northwest’s best jazz venues. She has continued to build listener support with favorable press, radio airplay, her mailings and sales of the recordings.
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