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Tronzo, David (Richard)

Tronzo, David (Richard), slide guitar; b. Rochester, NY, 1957.

Tronzo has devoted most of his life to music since he first became mesmerized by it as a youthful rock-influenced teenager in the summer of 1972. Tronzo has toured extensively in Europe and the United States, gracing the stages of the most renowned international music festivals in the world. He has teamed up with acclaimed musicians in various duos and projects under his name (Tronzo Quartet/Tronzo Project), as well as others. He is linked with some of the most famous names in musicianship (e.g., David Bowie guitarist Reeves Gabrels and Michael Blake). He has also recorded and toured with Wayne Horvitz and The President, John Hiatt, John Lurie and The Lounge Lizards, John Cale, Marshall Crenshaw, Foday Muso Suso, Hassan Hakmoun, Gavin Friday, The Jazz Passengers, Mike Manieri, and David Sanborn.

He has toured Europe regularly as a leader since 1994 and toured with Spanish Fly (1997; US tours 1996 and 97) And with John Lurie & the Lounge Lizards (1991) and John Haitt USA/Canada 1990. He's been a featured soloist with the Ray Anderson Group, Montreal Festival 1997, Hasidic New Wave and Sex Mob. He performed weekly in the  "NYC Guitar Virtuoso Series" at Kenny's Castaways 1986-1987. Tronzo is touring and recording in a solo format as well as with The Tronzo Trio, The Tronzo/Herbert Duo with bassist Peter Herbert, Session 1 and 2 with Tom Hall, and a new project V-16 with drummer Jerry Granelli, bassist Anthony Cox and guitarist Christian Kogel.

Tronzo has been teaching private lessons for over 25 years, and has taught hundreds of students. He is also a clinician and performs workshops and master classes wherever he tours. Beginning in January 2003 he is a member of the faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, as an Associate Professor of Slide Guitar.

He is currently residing with his wife Kelly and their cat, Fred in Newmarket, New Hampshire, where he can be near and care for his mother.

Recordings:
Roots (1994); Yo Hey (1997); The Brass Hand (2002)
As co-leader:
Spanish Fly: Rags to Riches (1994); Tronzo/Gabrels Project (with Reeves Gabrels):A Night in Amnesia (1995); Tronzo/Granelli/Epstein: Crunch (1995);
Spanish Fly: Fly By Night (for San Francisco Ballet) (1997); Tronzo/Herbert Duo (with Peter Herbert): Segemente (2000)
As sideperson:
Wayne Horvitz and The President: Bring Your Camera (1988); Knitting Factory Works: Compilations #1 and #4 (1988); Leni Stern: Secrets (1989); Marshall Crenshaw: Life's Too Short (1991);
David Sanborn: Another Hand (1991); Gavin Friday: Adam and Eve (1992); Phillip Johnston: Big Trouble (1993); Jim Nolet: With You (1993);
Mike Manieri: Come Together: A Guitar Tribute to the Beatles (1995); Michael Blake: Kingdom of Champa (1997); 15 Slide Guitar Innovators: Slide Crazy Compilation (1997);
Mike Manieri: An American Diary: the Dreamings (1997); John Cale: Last Day on Earth (1994); John Cale: Walking on Locusts (1997); John Lurie and The Lounge Lizards: Queen of All Ears (1999); Slow Poke: Redemption (1999), SlowPoke at Home (1999); J.A. Granelli and Mr. Lucky: El Oh El Ay (2001); Stephen Vitiello: Bright and Dusty Things (2001); Jerry Granelli and V-16: V-16 (2002)
Films:
Tronzo's slide guitar can also be heard in the soundtracks to director Robert Altman's film "Shortcuts" (1993) and Marco Brambilla's "Excess Baggage" (1999)

Awards:
Nominated as one of thirty musicians worldwide for the CalArts/Alpert Award, 2000-2001 
Voted one of the "Dirty Thirty-Pioneers and Trailblazers" by Guitar Player Magazine, 1997
Voted Second Place in the Guitar Player Magazine Poll for "Best Experimental Guitarist", 1995
Named one of the "Top 10 Jazz Guitarists" by Musician Magazine, 1994
Named "Best Guitarist in New York City" by the New York Press, 1993
Named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by Musician Magazine, 1993

Bibliography:
All About Jazz, Internet Jazz Magazine, Featured Artist for the Open Ears Column (February) 2002
Guitar Player Magazine  Feature and Lesson with Transcription, January issue 1997   
Jazziz Magazine  Feature, November issue 1994
Guitar Player Magazine  Feature, August issue 1994
Jazzthetik  (GERMANY)  Feature, June issue 1994
Guitar Player Magazine  Feature, June issue1992
Guitar Player Magazine Feature with Floppy Recording, April issue 1990
Guitar World Magazine Feature, July issue 1988
The Whole Guitar Book- Musician Magazine Special Edition: 1990: Private Lessons with 12 Top Players, June issue

Contact information:
125 Main Street
Newmarket, New Hampshire 03857
603-659-5268
E-mail: Dtronzo@berklee.edu

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