Tony Graci

Tony Graci

Originally from the Toronto suburbs, Tony started laying down the grooves to Chuck Berry and The Beatles when he was five years old. By the age of eight, he began playing with an original band and working club dates. His major influences were blues and jazz, but his scope went much further. Tony studied percussion in Toronto with instructor Dan Bodanis for three years. After graduating from high School Tony attended Berklee College of Music in Boston on scholarship, where he graduated cum laude after two years.

Tony then moved to New York to complete his Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Justin DiCioccio and John Riley. With New York City as his new home, he rediscovered his childhood backbeat roots and met his mentor, Steve Jordan.

Inspired by Jim Keltner, Al Jackson, Steve Gadd and Steve Ferrone, Tony has a loose approach; he is fluid in many different styles ranging from Latin/Funk to R&B and Rock. This up-and-coming drummer has performed with top artists such as Tom Jones, Moby, Lew Soloff and Chris Barron of The Spin Doctors, and has played great venues and festivals in such places as Iceland, North Korea, Switzerland, France, Caribbean, and across the United States and Canada.

Presently, Tony works as an in-house drummer, composer and instrumentalist for Limebeat Music and Sound in New York City. He has written TV themes for The Food Network and has written music for various TV and radio commercials. With his ability to perform all styles of music this multi-instrumentalist has played drums and guitar on all of his compositions, as well as those written by his colleagues.

Tony lives in New York City keeping busy with studio work, producing music and playing local gigs.