Bassist Tony Marino studied guitar before switching to acoustic and electric bass in high school to participate in the music curriculum. He began his professional music career as the house bass player at clubs and resorts in the Pocono and Catskill Mountains accompanying a myriad of well-known entertainers. Tony has played with such greats as the late Al Cohn & Zoot Sims, Mose Allison, Phil Woods, Hal Galper, Urbie Green and John Coates Jr. He has collaborated with Ellery Eskelin, Jim Black and Liebman as “Different But The Same.” Tony can also be heard on several “Deer Head Records” releases with Bill Goodwin, Joe Locke and Clarice Assad. His talents have been heard on recordings with Dave Liebman, Bob Dorough, Phil Woods, George Young, Jamey Haddad, Vic Juris, Phil Markowitz, and countless others.Tony is also a new member of the New York String trio with James Emery and Rob Thomas. He performs regularly with Broadway star Betty Buckley and jazz pianist Christian Jacob as well as performing and recording. He values his 30 year musical trip with David Liebman, recording and touring internationally with Dave Liebman’s Groups and currently with “Expansions” and Liebman’s Big Band. His versatility and wide range of musicality has afforded him opportunities to accompany and record with numerous artists from folk to pop to jazz.