Interview with Tony Cafiero on April 14, 2014
Some of my best musical phrases are rests.
What kind of keyboard is that?
A light one.
I’m a chameleon. I could actually be competing with myself.
I’m from Jersey.
In the late 80’s, I started around here with the Elm City Blues Project, Whiskey River, and Garry & The Mood Swingers. Two tours of duty, Garry! Once wasn’t enough! “I quit!”… eight years later, “I’m back!” and with Garry’s “2DYE4,” because we just couldn’t get enough.
I also played with Free Play, Mass Con Fusion, and Betty Harris.
(If my hat is too far up, it makes me feel like a D.J.)
At Carmen Anthony’s they move the piano around and snap off the pedals. It’s so battered at this point, I’ve duct-taped it and put a piece of plywood under it. One other guy plays it: Jeff Weisselberg. We text each other from the piano, and it’s like, “Oh my God, I got a salad plate under it now.”
[When I play there] it’s like four hours of nothing. [By the time I get finished] I don’t think I know another song. [Let’s see…] how many ways from Sunday can I play?
We’re in our third year of residency at Maugle Sierra Vineyards. The owner there will text me from somewhere and say, “Break’s over!”
The load in at Lenny’s blows. Cut a friggin’ staircase in the deck! And Lloyd is just gonna be one of those twist your nipples kind of guys. What, another 3-6:00 facing west? Gimme a reason! It’s NOT the money!
I play with Memphis Soul. The fact that Rob Jocco can get seven guys on a band stand and make it happen… that’s something.
Bill Hollman can kick my ass on keyboard. And he’s a nice guy too, which makes you hate him even more.
This summer I think I’ll have some time. It won’t be like “Honey… uh, can you walk the cat?”