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Thomas “Tony” Exum, Jr. was born in Colorado Springs, CO. He spent much of his childhood traveling from Germany, to Mississippi, to New Orleans, and back, due to his military upbringing. At the age of 11, Tony picked up a saxophone given to him by his uncle Larry, a U.S. Army musician for Fort Carson, for the first time and soon developed a love for it . Largely self taught thru high school, Tony was formally educated at Denver University’s Lamont School of Music. At age 20, Tony began performing on a regular basis as professional in Colorado Springs, Ft Collins, Boulder and Denver. After many years of daily practice, unpaid gigs, R&B and funk cover bands, making demos in home studios, day jobs as an insurance/call center professional and constant work on his craft, Tony began his solo journey in 2008 releasing two critically acclaimed CDs in (Finally)2010 and (The One) 2012 respectively. Tony has toured nationally at jazz festivals, clubs, corporate events on a regular basis since 2010. In 2011, he was named International Breakout Star by Los Angeles based Coffee Talk Jazz Radio and in 2014 was honored by the CO/WY/MT NAACP Freedom Fund for excellence in the arts and involvement in the community. In his free time Tony has mentored several youth in music including the talented saxophonist James Duckery and volunteers his time with students across Colorado including youth talent from the Colorado Springs Conservatory and Broadmoor Academy of Music. Tony is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and Grammy voting committee. He enjoyed voting for his peers for the 2015 Grammys. As side man and opening/co headlining act he has performed with and shared stages with Gerald Albright, Dave Koz, Miki Howard, Troop, actor-singer Leon, the Temptations and Four Tops, Maze, Norman Connors just to name a select few. In 2016 Exum will release his 3rd CD entitled “5” celebrating 5 years as a recording artist and national independent jazz artist.

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