“Over many years I’ve watched Tony Arco, my brother in Sacred Sound Healing, evolve into becoming a deep visionary percussion master. He is a wise highly sensitive being with great heart, open to the ever expanding creative possibilities in life and music. It’s an honor and a blessing to know him as a dear friend and musical collaborator”. Love Always Hu

Ra Kalam Bob Moses

“I love Tony’s passionate, musical approach to playing the drums … He’s a true ‘student of the instrument’, constantly looking forward while respecting the history. I always enjoy spending ‘drum time’ with him and listening to him play.”

Dave Weckl

“Tony is a fantastic jazz drummer and a true student of the drumset. We find we have a lot in common and much to talk about. Tony studied in Boston with both Gary Chaffee and Alan Dawson, two teachers that I studied with in the early 70s. He also studied with Bob Moses, which I wanted to hear about, and I studied with Freddie Gruber, which Tony wanted to hear about. We talked for hours. His is playing is swinging, and his chops are very strong: both his hands and feet! I found his ideas interesting; they are based on the jazz tradition and he’s accomplished what all good musicians want to do, created his own vocabulary out of the raw materials that have been passed down through the generations.”

Steve Smith

“Tony Arco is one of the best drummers around, anywhere on the planet and one of my all time favorites.”

 Dave Liebman

“Over the course of my career, I have have taught literally thousands of students. Many have gone on to become very famous players. Others have distinguished themselves through writing, teaching and recording. Out of all of these there are only a handful that I feel really understood not only my materials but the concepts behind them. Tony Arco is one of these. Tony is a musician who happens to play the drums. He incorporates the best of what it takes to be a ‘musical’ drummer; dynamics, phrasing, articulation and perhaps the most important skill, listening. He is a consummate musician”

Gary Chaffee

“Tony Arco, from Milano, is everything Dave Liebman says he is and more; had a blast playing with him…. “

George Whitty

“Tony Arco is an experienced dedicated drummer! He has taken the time to dig in an understand the music. His deep study of the instrument has allowed him to continually push forward. Tony Arco is one of Italy’s finest!”

Bruce Becker

“Tony is a great player, one of the real “Jazz Cats” in Italy…His passion for the art is always clearly apparent when you see him perform”

Rick Latham

“My being fortunate enough to perform with Tony in Italy was like finding an exotic flower in the desert”. “I look forward to being blessed to perform with Tony again in the future”.

Andrew Hill

“Tony Arco oltre ad essere uno splendido batterista (musicista), è anche un amico sincero . Un abbraccio pieno di swing.”

Gianni Cazzola

“Finalmente posso scriverlo sei veramente un bravo musicista è lo strumento che è rumoroso però come lo suoni tu quando suoni con me sei un’orchestra di violoncelli abbraccio al prossimo concerto”

Enrico Intra

“Dalla grande orchestra alle piccole formazioni, con Tony ho passato circa un ventennio… , un periodo che ci ha portato a condividere spesso le stesse esperienze musicali e che ci ha messo in contatto con splendide realtà artistiche. Tony è un musicista capace di un ascolto profondo, recettivo ad ogni stile artistico, un punto di riferimento e complicità, un compagno musicale affidabile e sicuro. La creatività ha spazio.”

Lucio Terzano

“Tony, un amico e collega che ammiro profondamente da molti anni per come riesce a trasmettere passionalità nella sua musica. Tecnico, sensibile, moderno e attento nello svolgere il difficile ruolo di registi che ci siamo scelti noi batteristi oltrechè splendido “partner” nella “The Drummers Battle Big Band” che ci vede uniti da qualche tempo con grande entusiasmo.”

Stefano Bagnoli

“Devo dire di aver seguito costantemente e sempre con molta soddisfazione la brillante carriera di Tony, sia direttamente, fin dai primi anni ’80 quando studiava con me, sia in seguito, da lontano, quando a Boston lavorava duramente per trovare il suo stile, il suo suono e la sua strada. Come un figlio che non ha deluso le aspettative ho visto e vedo Tony muoversi nel circuito professionistico e della didattica, lo osservo raggiungere eccellenti risultati nel drumming, fino a specializzarsi nel modo di portare lo swing nelle grandi orchestre e nelle Big Band Jazz. Vai Antonio !! Alla grande……….”

Tullio De Piscopo

“It’s such a joy to play with Tony – he makes me feel right at home here in Italy! He has a beautiful combination of musical experience and enthusiasm that makes every group really swing, and he gives 100% to each performance. From the very first downbeat you can feel his groove embrace you. More than just an excellent drummer, he’s also a great teacher with a clear, well-defined approach.”

Garrison Fewel

“When I worked with Tony I found him to have a strong sense of the tradition of jazz drumming in his playing but at the same time he was  reaching forward to establish new personal  ground. He listened  and complimented every member of the group. Most important to me was his dynamic sense.For me a great drummer must be able to swing at any tempo and at the same time be able to play the complete dynamic range from very quiet to to loud. Tony can do this. I look forward to working with him again.”

Pat LaBarbera