Tony Bunn

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First modern 5-string bass, built by Paul Reed Smith, 1977
Tony Bunn
Tony Bunn Live with Upright.JPG
Tony Bunn during 2009 live performance
Background information
Birth name Robert Anthony Bunn
Also known as Tony Bunn
Born (1957-11-18) November 18, 1957 (age 56)
Origin United States Baltimore, Maryland
Genres jazz, R&B, funk, rock.
Occupations composer, musician (bassist), producer, solo performer
Years active 1976-present

Robert Anthony Bunn, also known as Tony Bunn, (born November 18, 1957) is an American bassist, composer, producer, and writer. His instruments are bass guitar, upright bass, voice, and mind. His styles are jazz, funk, blues, and rock.

Biography[edit]

Tony Bunn was born into a musical family and began studying music in grade school. By the age of seventeen he was proficient on woodwind and brass instruments; earning scholarships to Peabody Institute Preparatory Summer Program(s), as well as inclusion in local orchestras for gifted students. He began the study of the bass guitar in high school.

By the age of twenty-two he had toured Europe and played and recorded with several renowned groups, including Sun Ra, Harold Ivory Williams, Michal Urbaniak, Urszula Dudziak, Jean Carne, Chuck Brown, and the legendary Chuck Berry. In 1977, he conceived and developed the first modern 5-string bass guitar with luthier Paul Reed Smith (Most other sources attribute the first modern 5-string bass to an instrument built in 1976 by Alembic Inc for bassist Jimmy Johnson). Graduating from university in his late twenties, Bunn earned Bachelors degrees in mathematics and computer science. Working with computers and scientific programming, he went on to receive an award from NASA for flight dynamics work on the Terra satellite system. Later, aged in his fifties, Bunn returned to music full-time and began producing projects as a bandleader and solo artist. In 2009, he released the “Small World” recording (also featuring Dennis Chambers, Arshak Sirunyan, etc.), receiving international acclaim.

Selected discography[edit]

as a leader:

  • Spirit Moves (2007)
  • Small World (2009)

with Arshak Sirunyan:

  • Journal (2011)

with Ray Gaskins:

  • A Night In The Life (2009)

with Gabrielle Goodman:

  • Travelin' Light (1993)
  • Angel Eyes (2003)

with Michal Urbaniak:

  • Miles Ahead (1976)
  • Heritage (1976)
  • Urbaniak (1977)

with Urszula Dudziak:

  • Midnight Rain (1977)

with Sun Ra:

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