Accomplished guitarist, composer and tutor Tony Heiberg is the resident jazz musician/bandleader at The Ivy in Richmond along with playing numerous other gigs as well as classical guitar wedding functions at venues such as Amberley Castle, York House and Orleans House. Tony comes from a family of professional classical musicians in Chicago, Illinois. He also offers jazz and classical guitar lessons in Kingston upon Thames in all genres including rock and pop.
He studied jazz improvisation under David Baker at Indiana University where he played with a couple of the school’s big bands, aa well as gigging in the local bars and coffee houses playing jazz and classical music. While at IU Heiberg jammed with Carlos Santana as well as the guitar duo of Ralph Tower and John Abercrombie. He also played with Frankie Laine and his band opened for Jack Dejohnett and Muddy Waters.
Heiberg moved to New York where his bands performed regularly at Danceteria, Pizza A Go Go, The Pyramid, Club 57, 8BC, Kamakazie and the Kat Club. He worked with top performers like John Sex, Phoebe Legere and Saturday Night Live and Broadway star, Patrick Weathers. Heiberg also got good notices from The East Village Eye, The New York Paper and Details Magazine. Author Steve Hager described him as “talented” in his book ‘Art After Midnight’.
London – Europe – Japan
Heiberg emigrated to London in 1986 and met French singer/songwriter Anne Pigalle through the auspices of British friends he made in New York: Gee Street Record’s Jon Baker and Ken Crosland. Gigs at the Cafe de Paris and tours of Europe and Japan followed. Heiberg also worked with other artists associated with Gee Street including Youth, PM Dawn, the Tiger Lillies and Leroi Quentin.
He has been on a circuit of jazz gigs and residencies throughout London in venues such as:
Ronnie Scott’s, Cafe Du Paris, Embargo, The Pheasantry, Black’s, The Groucho, Zanzibar, Wall Street, The Trocadero, The National Theatre, Burton Jazz Festival and Ivy restaurants.
Heiberg was also a founding member of the Way Out West Collective and a current member of the Inventions and Dimensions lineup.