Anton Delecca is a saxophonist, composer and educator from Melbourne, Australia living in New York, undertaking a Masters in Music in Jazz Studies at Queens College.
He grew up listening to a diverse range of music with early influences including Ravi Shankar and Louis Armstrong from his father’s record collection, Led Zeppelin and 70s pop from his brother’s collection and the classical cello and piano practice of his sister, all of which have contributed to his music today.
He has performed/recorded with artists such as American jazz legends Arthur Blythe, Odean Pope, Wycliffe Gordon and a recent performance with funk legend Maceo Parker at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. He has lead his group the Anton Delecca Quartet for several years, performing regularly at clubs and jazz festivals and has four albums out on Australia’s leading jazz label, Jazzhead. His album The Healer won Best Jazz Album in The Age Music Victoria Awards 2014.
He performed and recorded for thirteen years with internationally acclaimed band The Bamboos, recording nine albums along with several spin-off projects, including recordings for the ABC and BBC. He toured extensively with the band, playing at major festivals and venues, completing three European tours as well as performances in Japan and New Zealand. Their music has been featured on major motion picture soundtracks including ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ (2011) and the television program ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.
He has recently been performing with At Last – The Etta James Story featuring powerhouse singer Vika Bull. It has been playing in theatres across Australia for several years along with a UK tour in 2017 and a European tour slated for late 2018.
He has undergraduate degrees in both music and design, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) in 1991 and a first class honours degree in Multimedia Design from Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne) in 2005.
He has studied with several Australian jazz masters including Dale Barlow (Art Blakey, Cedar Walton) and Tony Gould. In 2000 he attended Dave Liebman’s five day saxophone masterclass and had private lessons in NYC with Chris Potter, George Garzone and Joel Frahm. He has recently studied in New York with Rich Perry (Vanguard Orchestra, Maria Schneider) and Tim Armacost and is currently studying with Professor Antonio Hart at Queens College.
He has been involved with education for almost thirty years tutoring woodwinds and conducting bands at many of Melbourne’s top secondary and primary schools including Melbourne Girls Grammar, Christ Church Grammar, Caulfield Grammar and Mt Scopus Memorial College. For two years prior to leaving for New York he was tutoring and lecturing in the Bachelor of Music Degree program at Melbourne Polytechnic. He has also conducted masterclasses at schools and institutions for many years, mentoring students of various ages in all aspects of the performance and practice of music.
2018 Night Time People – The Bamboos
2017 The Meltdown – The Meltdown
2015 The Rules of Attraction – Tim Rogers and The Bamboos
2013 The Healer – Anton Delecca Quartet (HEAD192)
2013 Fever In The Road – The Bamboos
2012 Medicine Man – The Bamboos
2011 Daniel Gassin Sextet – Daniel Gassin Sextet
2010 Lost City – Anton Delecca Quartet (HEAD120)
2010 4 – The Bamboos
2009 Pazit – Australian Jewish Music Ensemble
2008 Side-Stepper – The Bamboos
2008 The Bamboos Present: Kylie Auldist – Just Say – Kylie Auldist/The Bamboos
2008 Listen! Hear! The Bamboos Live! – The Bamboos
2007 Decadence – Live at the lane – Frock
2007 Black Feeling – Various Artists
2007 Rawville – The Bamboos
2006 Step It Up – The Bamboos
2006 The Situationists – Anton Delecca, Jazzhead (HEAD126)
2002 Talk It Up – Paul Williamson Quintet
2001 Non Consensual Head Compression – Paul Williamson Quintet
2001 Flow – Anton Delecca Quartet, Jazzhead (HEAD082)
1992 Ya-It-Ma-Thang – Niko Schäuble’s Tibetan Dixie with Arthur Blythe