Tony Scherr

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Tony Scherr
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Tony Scherr at Marion's Marquee Lounge, East Village, New York City (December 4, 2007)
Background information
Born New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Genres Jazz, rock, folk rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar, upright bass
Years active1980s–present
Labels Smells Like
Associated acts The Lounge Lizards
Sex Mob
Jesse Harris and the Fernandos
Chris Brown and the Citizen Band
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Tony Scherr, moers festival 2011

Tony Scherr is an American jazz and folk rock bassist, guitarist, singer-songwriter, and record producer.

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music". Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".

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Scherr was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and is a graduate of the Hammonasset School. He played with Woody Herman as a teenager, [1] and moved to New York City in the late-1980s, where he became a prolific session musician, working with artists such as Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Norah Jones, and Ana Egge. He has been a member of a number of bands, such as The Lounge Lizards, Sex Mob, Jesse Harris and the Ferdinandos, and Chris Brown and the Citizen Band. Scherr owns a recording studio [1] and has worked as record producer for many of the artists he performs with.

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Sex Mob


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  1. 1 2 Layne, Joslyn. "Tony Scherr: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
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