Throughout his career, Tony Kadleck has been praised as a highly effective sideman, who has lent his hand to numerous musical activities. He is currently one of the most sought-after trumpet players in the New York area.
While attending the New England Conservatory in Boston, Kadleck studied both classical and jazz music, a task that would later benefit him, as he went on to perform and record with the Boston Pops Orchestra. In 1986, Tony was asked to join the trumpet section of the Buddy Rich Band, and later that year, decided to move to New York.
After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music in 1989, Kadleck did some touring with Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and Blood, Sweat & Tears. Eventually, the NY studios kept Tony too busy to leave town, and he found himself recording with a number of artists, including Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Elton John, and Celine Dion. Kadleck also spends time playing a wide variety of live concerts, having performed with Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Issac Hayes, and most recently Steely Dan.
In addition to playing on countless jingles and for many films and shows, Kadleck is also a proficient composer and arranger. Since he was 15 years old, Tony has always loved writing music. His latest CD from The Tony Kadleck Big Band, “Sides” features 8 arrangements for the band and one for strings. NYC's finest musicians are represented here, including soloists Mike Rodriguez, Marshall Gilkes, and Marvin Stamm. “There is nothing more gratifying than hearing these spectacular musicians navigate through these challenging charts," says Tony.
When asked about his musical influences, Kadleck is quick to point out his first teachers: Bernard Shifrin in Tony’s hometown of Binghamton, NY, jazz trumpeter John McNeil, and Andre Côme, formerly of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Tony is currently a member of many organizations including the New York Pops, John Pizzarelli’s “Swing Seven”, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, John Fedchock’s NY Big Band, and can currently be heard on Broadway in the band for “MJ”.