Tony Balluff - Clarinet
Tony has been playing clarinet for 38 years. It wasn’t until 1998, however, that he began to seriously play jazz. It was then his training began in earnest when he met and started playing with The Bill Evans New Orleans Jazz Band, featuring original members of The Hall Brothers Jazz Band. He is fairly steeped in the tradition now, and has a certain knowledge he will be involved with New Orleans music for the rest of his life. In addition to the Southside Aces and Bill Evans New Orleans Jazz Band, Tony leads a "continental jazz" group with singer Maud Hixson, (French 75). Tony also plays in two quartets, one dedicated to playing the music of Sidney Bechet (The Creole Four), and one led by accordionist Patrick Harrison (Patty and the Buttons), which also plays New Orleans music.