Tony Natale’s Biography
Tony Natale – Drummer
He’s a professional, experienced, incredibly talented drummer. Growing up in Camden, New Jersey — the rock ‘n roll capital of the world! — Tony was captivated by the rock and Motown music being played on the radio. As a teenager in Philadelphia, he was a precocious talent, having won first prize in the Carmine Appice Drum competition, judged by the legend himself, as well as by Johnny Winters’ guitarist Rick Derringer. The event was sponsored by Ludwig Drums and WMMR Philadelphia’s very own progressive rock radio station. He was awarded a Ludwig drum set, Zildjian cymbals, and earned an appearance on the nationally-televised TV show Entertainment Tonight. His career then continued at a steady pace, and included touring with the historic soul pioneers The Drifters throughout the USA and Virgin Islands.
New York City – The Early Years
Tony’s music teacher, Kenwood Dennard, suggested he relocate to New York City, where he soon became an important figure in the NY music scene, performing, recording, composing and teaching. Tony enjoyed this great city with all of its fantastic musicians, clubs and restaurants. In NYC, Tony found himself on stage with artists such as John Fogerty, Jaco Pastorius, Hiram Bullock and Hank Ballard. Tony’s next musical venture was the New York band the Fairytales, with vocalist Susan Rickey and guitarist Vince Conigliaro, and featured his early songwriting skills. The bands video, Ginger, was featured on the Philadelphia area TV show “Stepping Out” and aired nationally throughout the USA.
He then achieved further accolades as a drummer with the alternative rock band The Biggest Heaven, as a featured band on the 1991 New York City Seminar CD, and while touring in support of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Peter Murphy, The Violent Femmes, The Fall, The Aquanettas and The Fleshtones. They performed in such NYC clubs such as The Ritz, The Limelight, Woody’s, The Lonestar Cafe, The China Club, CBGB’s etc.
He has appeared on TV shows such as Entertainment Tonight, Sesame Street and in a Seagram’s wine cooler Tao’s TV commercial filmed at New York’s renowned C.B.G.B’s. He then took an opportunity to relocate to London, England, where he had a fruitful experience performing and recording with many different UK artistes.
The London Years
In 1994 Tony Natale hits the European scene and quickly becomes one of the most transcendental drummers on the London circuit. In 1995 with Damien Mc Cabes Real Feel, he opens for Canned Head at the Shepherds Bush Empire, tours Ireland, UK and Germany. In 1997 with Gywn Ashton he tours the UK, Holland, Wales and Belgium. Then 1998 records an album and tours the UK with the Mizarolli Axe Phenomenon.
Tony settled in London where he spent his time performing and recording with such British artist as Polystyrene, vocalist of UK’s famous punk band “The X-Ray Spex’s”, Gilbert Gabriel of the ‘Dream Academy,” John Mizarolli guitarist of Ginger Baker’s band “Energy”, Pete Brown of “Cream” fame, Jamie West Oram of “The Fix,” Reg Presley of the “Troggs,” Jimmy Mc Carthy of “The Yardbirds,” Damien Mc Cabes “Real Feel” with whom he toured Ireland, Germany and played in support of Canned Heat. With the Gywn Ashton Band he toured England, Wales, Holland and Belgium, featuring Ener Bladzipper of the Grandmothers on Bass. Tony recorded and performed at the top clubs on the London circuit with the trancey, drum and bassy, techno band “Deep”. Tony later founded the band “Turnhip” with vocalist Oliver Campana, guitarist Lewis Fielding and bassist Lakis Economou.
Tony is a qualified music instructor. He completed a C.M.T.A. course at Goldsmiths University in London, England, where he received a certificate to teach music to adults. Soon after he was a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths University and Northumbria University in Newcastle, England. In 1999 he then completed a sound engineering course at Westminster College in London and starts a parallel career as a producer, setting up Drum Track Studio’s while co-writing and performing with vocalist Oliver Campana.
Bach’s Birthplace, east Germany.
In 2000 Tony relocated to Germany. This is where he completed his first original solo album Mountain.” Tony wrote, produced and engineered his original album in his own Drum Track Studio. In Germany toured with many European artists and taught music at various schools.
He has toured and recorded with his own band “Turnhip”, John Idan from The Yardbirds, Jürgen Kerth (legendary DDR blues artist), Christina Rommel, Damien McCabe’s Real Feel, Eva Gallagher, his soul funk duo ‘Carne con Chilli”, Boucarabou (African drumming group), The Blues Masters, Elizabeth Lee, Undertaker Blues Band, Con de Cuba (Cuban artist), folk singer Johannes Gürtler and many more.
Tony has taught Music and English at the Arnoldischule Gymnasium and part time at the Ernestinum Gymnasium in Gotha. He has conducted African drum workshops at the Evangelische Grundschule, Gotha and The Nuelandhaus in Eisenach Germany.
International demand keeps him performing, recording and composing in London, Germany and the USA on a regular basis.
Working With Legends
Tony is grateful to have performed with the following artists and musicians throughout his career: Jaco Pastorius, John Fogerty, Hiram Bullock, Hank Ballard (Hit song writer), Al Greenwood (Foreigner), Cornelius Bumpus (The Doobie Brothers), Michael Powers (NYC blues artiste, Rick Derringer, Steve Jorden), Dave Sharp (The Alarm), Marc Daine (NYC session guitarist), Steve Count (Donna Summer), Claire Daly (NYC jazz awarded saxophonist), Irving Louis Lattin (NYC blues artiste), Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz, Michael Jackson), Nunzio Signore (Samantha Fox), David Santos (Billy Joel, John Fogerty), Diane Lotny (Neville Brothers, Dr. John), Brian Mitchell (Al Green, B.B. King, Levon Helm), Billy Hector, Jade Starling (Pretty Poison), Vince Conigliaro, Susan Rickey, John Eddie (Columbia Records), Kenny Aaronson (Billy Idol, Joan Jett), John Conte (David Bowie, Bon Jovi), John Mizarolli (Ginger Baker, Stevie Winwood, Dave Gilmore, Jim Capaldi), Big Joe Turner (BB King), Pete Brown (Cream), Andy Herbert (Boz Burrell’s favorite bass player), Jamie West Oram (The Fix), Polystyrene (X-Ray Spexs), Reg Presley (The Troggs), Gilbert Gabriel (Dream Academy), Jimmy McCarthy (The Yardbirds), David Hadley (Chuck Berry, Jeff Beck), Gwyn Ashton, Ener Bladzipper (The Grandmothers), Oliver Campana, Evangelos Economou (Narada Michael Walden), Lewis Fielding (Big Joe Turner), Goodman and Narleski, Rich Janice (Gatlin Brothers), Mark Griffith (Eddie Van Halen), Rick Willis (Olivia Newton John), Jürgen Kerth (DDR recording artist), Daniel Bätge (Clueso), Christina Rommel, Eve Gallagher, Olaf Jäger (Carne Con Chilli), Stu Daye (Alice Cooper, Nils Lofgren), John Idan (The Yardbirds), Jon Paris (Johnny Winter), Eddie Holman (Motown Fame), Dave Jackson (Awarded UK Blues artist), Norman Nardini (CBS records) and many more.
Tony Natale’s Recordings
Most recently he completed his second solo album The Camden Promise, the release date is May 27, 2017. Tony wrote, produced engineered and mixed this record in his Drum Track Studio in three different locations Camden Town London, England, Gotha Germany and in the USA. Enclosed also is a 12-page booklet with Tony’s artwork, photo’s, credits, lyrics. The music is mainly about Tony’s thoughts and perspective during his time of living in London and Germany.
Tony’s first solo album “Mountain,” released in early 2007, is the culmination of an entire lifetime up to that point on a classic album. It is available through this website. On the first six tracks, Tony is performing on bass, piano, guitar and drums. The album features talented musicians from around the globe, five vocalists and was recorded in four locations: New York City, London, France and Germany. Enclosed also is a 12-page booklet with Tony’s artwork, photo’s, credits, lyrics and stories about his NYC, London and Germany adventures. His wishes are to inspire, energize and uplift all those who listen to his music.
Endorsed by Vic Firth drum sticks for over 20 years, he demonstrates his passion for these sticks, which he feels are made of the highest quality possible. Tony Natale uses Vic Firth American Rock and 5A drum sticks, depending on the style of music he’s playing.