Tony Romandini

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Tony Romandini
Birth nameGiuseppe Alexander Antonio Romandini
Born(1928-07-27)27 July 1928
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died(2020-06-03)June 3, 2020 (aged 91)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Composer, guitarist
Instruments Guitar
Years active1945–2020
Labels RCA Gala

Tony (Giuseppe Alexander Antonio) Romandini (27 July 1928 - June 3, 2020) was a Canadian jazz guitarist, composer, arranger, and teacher. [1]


He was born in Montreal, Quebec to Italian immigrants. He started playing guitar at the age of 8, and by 20 years old he was working at the CBC as a session guitarist. In the 1950s he would play heavily in the Montreal Jazz circuit with other well-known musicians including pianists Paul de Margerie, [2] Roland Lavallée and Maury Kaye. [3]

Tony went on to become a first-call jazz session player, playing with jazz legends including Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and many others. [4] Later in his career, Romandini performed in Manuel de Falla's La Vida Breve with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, before finally settling down into teaching at Concordia University (1974–77) and later McGill University (1979–2000). He continued to give guitar lessons at Vanier College in Montreal.

He played a 1949 Epiphone Emperor. [5]


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  2. "La presse, 1884- (Montréal)". (in French). 26 August 1961. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  3. Romandini, Tony
  4. Gilmore, John. Who's Who of Jazz in Montreal: Ragtime to 1970 (Montreal 1989)
  5., Article and photos 1949 Epiphone Emperor Serial #: 58086, blue NY label