If it’s jazz you’re hankering for, you can get a nice, sweet dose of it with the seasoned and talented Tony D Trio. The ensemble is comprised of Alex Desrivieres on sax, Gary Staples on piano, organ and bass, and Tony Diecidue on drum set.
Established last winter, the Tony D Trio plays jazz standards with some original work. They can be found at local establishments like Roccanova’s Restaurant and the Willow Tree, both in Stroudsburg, and Black and Blue in Easton.
Dr. Anthony Diecidue is a semi-retired optometrist from Eye Associates of Monroe County, who has been serving patients for over 30 years. He bucks the stereotype of the doctor who plays golf on days off. “I’ll be playing drums more as I get more free time, because that’s my passion!” he said.
He plays, he admitted, because basically, he can’t stop. “When you have music in you, it’s a primal drive to get it out. Music hits a pleasure center of the brain and it just feels good to make music and even better when someone appreciates it.” Tony splits his gigging time between northeast Pennsylvania and Florida, where he travels every few months to perform in what he calls “the excellent jazz scene” there.
The weekly jazz jam he heads up at Roccanova’s is open to all musicians, regardless of skill level, who can come up on stage and play with the trio. It’s a time to share and enjoy the music, have fun, and make friends, he said.
The band members come from different musical backgrounds which mesh together to create a unique sound. Alex Desrivieres is the youngest of the group, having recently graduated from music college. He’s been featured on the Rising Star stage at the COTA Jazz Festival in 2015 and 2016, and is the percussion director at Lenape Valley Regional High School in New Jersey.
Gary Staples has been playing and performing since an early age on the Hammond B3 organ and piano. He studied jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe with his own ensembles as well as working with notables like guitarist George Benson.
Tony has been playing drums since the age of 10. He toured the U.S. and Canada in bands that ranged from jazz and rock to disco, country and even Elvis impersonators. He also performed with jazz greats Dave Liebman and Tony Marino at the St. Luke’s Summer Festival in Stroudsburg on numerous occasions; and has appeared with Rob Paparozzi of Blood Sweat & Tears and “Blues Brothers” fame. Tony has also donated his talents to the Starving Musicians charity CDs, and the yearly EyeRock events held at the Hard Rock Café in NYC.
In addition to the core trio, Tony D will often bring in other musicians, such as a singer or bass player, to enhance their sound and better fit the venue.
Jazz might not be for everybody, but Tony is convinced that it just takes time to wash over the listener. “Jazz appreciation is a learned experience,” said Tony. “It can be complex at times. I remember the first time I heard this one band a few years ago. I could hardly comprehend what they were playing due to the complexity of the music. But I continued to listen, and over time, I understood the message and learned to enjoy jazz.”
For more information, visit their website at www.tonydband.net.