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Tony Mason

About the Artist

Tony Mason was born in London, England, and then moved to Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, with his parents at the age of five years old. On arriving at the harbour in Port of Spain, the capital city, Tony’s attention immediately turned to the steelband playing for the arriving passengers, and knew that he wanted to be part of it. Tony began to play the steel drums in Joe Sobers, his uncle’s steel band and then became the band’s drummer when the original drummer became ill.

By the age of sixteen, Tony was playing drums for the top brass bands in the country, playing in Trinidad and Tobago and abroad. Wanting to expand his horizons and pursue a career in drumming, Tony took advantage of an opportunity to play in a band on a cruise ship based in Florida, which he did for a number of years.

Tony then moved to New York City to study at Drummers Collective and stayed there for four years, during this time Tony took lessons with a number of drum “masters” including Lenny White, Kenwood Dennard, Peter Erskine, Tommy Campbell and the late Frank Marlabe. Tony moved back to London, England in 1986 and became a professional drummer. Tony worked with a wide area of artists including Eddie Grant, Ronny Jordon, Incognito, Martin Taylor, Matt Bianco, Mary J Blige, Daryl Hall, Daniel Bedingfield, Al Green, Joss Stone, The Jazz Crusaders to name a few.

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