Praised by the prestigious Guitar Player and 20th Century Guitar Magazines, Tony
Palkovic has performed in clubs and concert halls including the BET television
He first started playing the trumpet in the grade school band at 9 and continued on
through high school concert/marching band.
At the age of 12, he became interested in the guitar which soon led to playing
parties, school dances and night clubs later in his teens.
He studied music and film for six months at Columbia College in Chicago before
transfering to Berklee College of Music in Boston where he spent the next four
years finishing with a Bachelors Degree in Composition.
After graduating, he started leading his own band playing jazz-fusion in the mid-
west, but eventually moved to Los Angeles which has been his home since 1983.
In 1980, Palkovic released his first album "Deep Water" which made many Top 10
lists for airplay on Jazz Radio stations all over the U.S. , Canada and eventually in
This led to the recording of his second album "Every Moment" following the same
path in '83, "Born With a Desire" in ’85, Esoteric" in 2001 which features keyboard
genius Patrick Moraz (Refugee, The Moody Blues and Yes) and Krys Mach (Level 42).
"If you haven't yet heard Tony Palkovic's brand of music, you don't know what
you're missing” Guitar Player Magazine
20th Century Guitar Magazine on Esoteric, "Palkovic has been playing guitar since
the age of 12 and his long standing respect for the instrument really shows on this
top notch outing"
|Tony has had an impressive list of world-renowned musicians that have played in his
band: Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), Ric Fierabracci (Chick Corea Electric Band, Dave
Weckl Band and Frank Gambale), Steve Weingart (Dave Weckl Band), Doug Lunn
(Terry Bozzio, Chad Wackerman and Andy Summers), Enzo Todesco (Frank Gambale,
Gino Vannelli and Randy Crawford), Hans Zurmuelen (Frank Gambale, Eric Marienthal
and Air Supply) and Krys Mach ( Level 42).
Some of the artists that Tony has shared the concert bill with include: Richard Elliot,
Jeff Lorber with Kenny G., The Average White Band and the legendary Weather
Tony plays in different configurations, as a guitar trio or a quartet (either with sax or
keyboards, drums and bass) doing a mix of traditional jazz standards, Latin, Funk and
In Los Angeles, his current band features the extraordinary drummer Kofi Baker (son
of Cream's legendary drummer, Ginger Baker).
Tony Palkovic's Radio Show has been heard in the greater Los Angeles area since
The show features guest interviews and live performances with some of the most
renowned names in jazz including Grammy-winning artists:
Joe Zawinul, Bill Bruford, Ginger Baker, Charlie Watts, Simon, Phillips, Jean-luc
Ponty, Stanley Clarke, Strunz and Farah, Brian Auger, Andy Summers,Allan
Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Wynton Marsalis, Gary Burton, Chad Wakerman, Charlie
Hunter, John Patitucci, Vinnie Colaiuta, Rayford Griffin, Frank Gambale, Bill Connors,
Harvey Mason, Scott Henderson, Gary Willis, Alain Carron, Jimmy Haslip, Bennie
Maupin, Eric Marienthal, Victor Bailey, Bobby Thomas Jr., Enzo Todesco, Tom
Bretchline, Kei Akagi, John Beasley, John Novello, Gary Husband, Bunny Brunel,
Sheryl Bailey, Carl Filipiak, Steve Weingart, Stu Goldberg, J.K Kleutgens, Anatholi
Bulkin, Kofi Baker,Tony MacAlpine, Forman, Phil Keaggy, Jamie Glaser, Steve Khan,
Dwiki Dharmawan, Roger Burn, Doug Lunn, Caleb Quaye and many local LA.
|FOREVER WHY from ESOTERIC