Tony started on the alto sax at age 10 because sax was “cool”. He played for his first dance at 13. In high school, he added the tenor sax and picked up the guitar and keyboards. In college, he pursued music studies, completed his teaching credentials, and began teaching music. He took a break to go on the road with a few Vegas-type lounge show groups, and later formed a combo, "Free and Easy" which is where we met back in 1972. We toured throughout the Midwest and West Coast. He is currently a music director of band and orchestra in Orange County, but his first love is still performing live with his friends. While his schedule doesn't allow him to perform with us as much as I might like, every once in a while we still manage to convince him to come out and crank out a roaring version of "Tequila".
Gordon began playing guitar and singing professionally with his father's trio in LaSalle, Illinois, when he was just 13. After his father retired from music, he traveled throughout the Midwest and East Coast with the Les Fielding Trio. After moving to California in 1961, he played in a local supper club for 14 years. The owner introduced us in 1976 and he has performed with “The Associates” for almost 35 years until having to retire recently. He's a big fan of Tony Bennett’s and loves to find that “right chord” that fills out an arrangement. He is a good friend and has a place on stage anytime he wants to sit in.