Bass, rhythm guitar, vocals
|Born in New York City of Cuban/Puerto Rican descent, Antonio began his musical career at age 13 playing the bass guitar and later, rhythm guitar. As a teenager he formed a group called “The Jades” which performed from 1963 to 1967 playing high schools throughout the Tri-State area. Antonio served in the United States Army from 1972 to 1974. After receiving an honorable discharge he returned to New York City and again stepped back into the world of music.
Influenced by his Latin roots and the music of Carlos Santana, Tony played in a group called “Soultura”. After playing with “Soultura”, Antonio joined “The Malo Band" a group that included some musicians that had hits with “Suavectio“ and “Oye Mama“. After leaving “Malo” he joined a group called “Coal”, a Latin jazz fusion band. Coal went on to cover and release the classic “Harlem Nocturne”. Further expanding his musical diversity, Antonio joined “Creations” a Top 40 band.
As the years progressed and his appreciation of his Latin heritage grew, he found himself drawn back to his first love, Latin Rock music. His respect and admiration of the musical talents of Carlos Santana have been the inspiration and primary encouragement that helped form “Taboo -The Santana Tribute Experience”.