WFDU Archives: Tony Smith

Host profile: Tony Smith

 Tony Smith is an accomplished saxophonist with nearly 40 years of experience bringing pleasure to his listeners. It only takes one note from his soothing horn to see that he is someone blessed with a special talent.  This anointed musician on the saxophone is someone that has a message from God to share with others.  “Do what God has called you to do”.

Tony has released four solo projects. The latest titled “Rewind Let’s Do It Again”, like Tony’s first 3 projects, ministers to those seeking spiritual comfort and relief through instrumental interpretation. Tony and his host of talented musicians incorporate elements of jazz, gospel and classical music. In keeping with his recording tradition, this CD has both standard gospel hymns and original songs written by Tony. Special invited guest musicians involved with this project include saxophonist Ron Brown, guitarist Jonathan DuBose Jr., trumpeter Syreeta Thomson, bassists Bryant Wilder and Reggie Young.In 2005 and 2004 Tony was nominated at the Urban Gospel Industry Awards for Best Gospel Jazz Album and Best Gospel Jazz Male Artist. He was nominated in two categories in 2003 at The American Gospel Music Awards for Best New Gospel Jazz Artist and Best New Artist of the Year. Tony won Best New Gospel Jazz Artist for that year. Tony has been spotlighted on several television shows including appearing twice on Bobby Jones Gospel, The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors, Up Close & Personal, The Jazzspel, New Mercies Café TV, Gospel Central Video Music TV, Parade Of Quartets, Making Great Strides and the Faith Now TV show. He has shared the stage with such artists as Ted & Sheri, Tramaine Hawkins, Deitrick Haddon, Tonex, Hezekiah Walker, Vickie Winans, Neville Peter, Shirley Caesar, Lucinda Moore, Moses Tyson Jr and Nancey Jackson-Johnson. Tony has played for such dignitaries as the Premiere and members of Parliament in Bermuda, The National Baptist Convention, The 100th anniversary of C.O.G.I.C. in Memphis, Tenn and for Bishop Richard F. Norris and the Council of Bishops of the AME Church.

In 2007 Tony played for Donald Trump & his associates on September 11th for a special memorial service at Trump Plaza in NYC. Tony has given back to the community by performing at nursing homes for the elderly, homeless shelters, libraries and various elementary schools here in the states and abroad.

This talented artist hosts his own gospel jazz radio show on WFDU 89.1FM in Teaneck, New Jersey where he focuses on the instrumentalist side of gospel music. He has interviewed many independent and international artists such as Allen & Allen, Ben Tankard, Kirk Whalum and Angella Christie. Tony is an associate member of the Grammys Recording Academy.

Parishioners at Macedonia AME Church in Flushing, Queens where Reverend Richard McEachern, Sr. is the pastor, have the honor of hearing his horn playing during morning service and afternoon programs.

Through the grace of God, and the support of his loyal fans, Tony's ministry continues to grow. "I want to give back to God the talents and gifts that he has given me; it doesn't matter how you lift Him up, as long as you lift Him up with your whole heart, as you praise His name". More information can be found on Tony’s websites, tonysmith.com and gospeljazzations.com.

Mailing Address:

Gospel Jazzations

WFDU 89.1FM

1000 River Road

Teaneck, NJ 07666