RIP: Tony Jenkins, 1956-2015

March 6th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg
Tony Jenkins

Tony would often invite up young spectators to strum a chord and get a piece of the action.

Tony Jenkins – long-time Local 518 jazz guitarist and bandleader of the Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip – died suddenly on Sunday (March 1).

Remembering Tony Jenkins
By Matt Niedbalski

Being a young musician trying to play with older musicians can be a rather frightening experience. Intimidation is almost always a factor, plus just trying to impress the “old guys.” The first time I had the opportunity to play with Tony Jenkins was at Wallabee’s Jazz Bar in Glens Falls where he had his weekly Friday night residency. I was a mere 13 years old at the time and was just hoping things would go well. I can’t remember too many details from that night, but I do remember playing “Nostalgia in Times Square,” a tune by Charles Mingus. After the song ended, Tony reached over the cymbal with a big smile on his face and gave me a fist bump. Every time I’ve played with him since he would offer some gesture to express his gratitude, a smile, fist bump, high five or a “yeah brutha!” Tony loved his friends, and he loved playing this music we call jazz.

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