Tony Genge – Artist in Resident
A native of Vancouver, Tony Genge is one of Canada’s leading jazz pianists and jazz organists. He is also a respected music educator, and a well-known and much-recorded composer of classical music.
As a jazz pianist, his cool and swinging style references the great jazz piano tradition of pianists such Ahmad Jamal, Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Oscar Peterson and Les McCann.
Starting out as a jazz organist, and very active again in recent years, Genge presents his bluesy, soul-jazz influenced style on the Hammond B3 organ in concerts and clubs. His roots are in the stylings of the great jazz organists such as Jimmy Smith, Don Patterson, Jack McDuff and Richard ‘Groove’ Homes, combined with a variety of modern jazz influences.
Over the years Genge has performed with many leading international jazz artists, including Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Paul Horn, John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, Jerry Bergonzi, Jeff Hamilton, Roberta Gamberini, Adam Nussbaum, Gene Bertoncini, Joey Baron, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskin, Larry Grenadier, Lew Soloff, P.J Perry and many others.
Genge’s work can be heard on many recordings, including his critically acclaimed piano trio CD Blues Walk, and on the recording Bicostal Collective Chapter Four, where he performs on Hammond organ.
Besides his work as a jazz pianist, Genge also maintains an active career as a composer of classical music. His compositions have been performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan, and are available on many recordings.
Until recently, he taught in the Music Department at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.