Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
His spirit is rooted in the red rock beauty of his native New Mexico where his family has lived for generations. Although he has a diverse ethnic heritage including Pueblo Indian, Mexican, Spanish and English, he was raised in the rich Mexican American Southwest Culture playing trumpet first in his father' s Mariachi band.
Tony began playing trumpet at the age of ten. He studied privately with Kenny Anderson in Junior High School, Fenton Katz and Ed Wolfe in High School, and Sam Trimble at N.M.S.U. He's attended New Mexico State University 1975-1977, University of New Mexico 1977-1978, and the University of Las Vegas 1978-1980. He participated in solo and ensemble competition, All State and Albuquerque Youth Symphony. After hearing the legendary master trumpet player Clark Terry at his music clinic, Tony knew he wanted to be a jazz musician. Terry took the young Lujan under his tutelage and guided his career towards success. He also studied privately with Woody Shaw, Cat Anderson, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Shew, and Carl Saunders.
Tony has performed live with the big bands of Gerald Wilson, Bill Holman, Clark Terry, Ray Charles, Peter Herbolzheimer, and Bobby Burgess as well as with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Robert Goulet, Wayne Newton, Debbie Reynolds, Bob Hope, and Luis Miguel. Other notable artists and entertainers he has performed with include Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Steve Turre Shell Choir, Francisco Aguabella, Pancho Sanchez, Walter Norris, The Garcia Bros., Louis Bonilla, William Cepeda, Henry Franklyn, and Batacumbele.Tony has played lead trumpet in the national tours of musicals such A Chorus Line, Sweet Charity, 42nd Street, The Most Fellow, and West Side Story.
Additionally, Tony has given instruction at private clinics and schools such as the University of New Mexico, University of Texas at El Paso, Universidad de Mexico, the Royal Academy of Music, the Sherborne School of Music in England, Bundess Jazz Orchestra in Germany, and Taller De Music of Barcelona, Spain. He also taught at the University of Southern California, California State University at Los Angeles, the Dick Grove School of Music, Cal Arts, University of New Hampshire, Falmouth and Ipswich Public Schools.
He is currently an instructor at the Academy of Music in Osterville.
Tianna Michelle, Mitchell Blake, and Miles Christopher are his three children.
Magic Circle (1991); Zulu (1993); Miles Away (1996); Live in Cologne (1997); Live at the Biltmore (1998); You Don't Know What Love Is (2002); Tomorrows Destiny (2003)
Tito Puente: The Masterpiece, Mambo Kings, Royal T; Raul Garcia: The Garcia Brothers; Jeff Benedict: Castle Creek Shuffle; Bill Holman: Strollin'; Gerald Wilson: State Street Suite; Luis Bonilla: Latin Jazz Allstars, Escuche; Henry Franklyn: Henry Franklyn, The Hunter; Martin Wind: Martin Wind; Jim Morris: Montage; Bobby Rodriquez: California Salsa; Candido Rodriquez: Candido Bandido; Terrance Trent Darby: TTD's Vibrator; LaMont Johnson: Penthouse Scene; Lazaro Munoz: Lazaro Project; William Cepeda: My Roots and Beyond; Phil Ranlin: A Classic Encounter; Eddie Palmieri: El Rumbero del Piano; Al Daniels: Life In The Balance; Asdru Sierra: Ozomatli; Anthony Carillo: Rumbajazz: Tribute to Chombo; Brian Lynch: Spirits of Influence; Al Daniels: Life in the Balance; Alvaro Torres: Reencuentro; George Stone: Piece by Piece; Los Del Barrio: Rumba Grande; Ricardo Lemvo: Mambo Yo Yo,
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