Tony Moreno

jazz percussion
Tony Moreno, percussion, Columbia Associate Faculty

 Professor Tony Moreno was born in Manhattan, New York. His mother, Nina Dunkel Moreno, was a harpist, composer, pianist and educator. Professor Moreno began piano studies at the age of 2 and continued until the age of 10. Studies began with Stan Koor that included reading, independence and technique. At the age of 11 studies commenced with Elvin Jones after Elvin gave Mr. Moreno his first set of drums which resulted in seven years of study with Elvin. While studying concurrently with Mr. Jones and Mr. Koor, Professor Moreno also attended weekly classes at Jazz Interactions. The teachers there included Al Toodie Heath, Art Blakey and Freddie Waits. Mr. Moreno‘s mentors at the time included Charles Mingus, Motohiko Hino (Toko),Pepper Adams, Jimmy Garrison, Jimmy Lyons, Miles Davis (who cooked dinner for me every week), Masabumi Kikuchi (Poo), John Cage, Gil Evans and many other great masters.


After receiving his degree from the Manhattan School of Music, Professor Moreno began touring throughout the United States, Asia, Europe and South America. Professor Moreno has recorded over 150 recordings, including his latest double CD entitled “ Short Stories” which received best jazz recording of the year from the New York Jazz Record for 2016. He has also contributed music to many other recordings.


Free downloads of his music for flute and drums, as well as a short text book are available. As well as a listing of selected tours, commissions and videos. Including an interview with Elvin Jones and Professor Moreno at the Village Vanguard: “A Different Drummer: Elvin Jones” is available on Professor Moreno‘s website www. tonyMoreno as well as YouTube.


Tony Moreno Quintet