Tony Parenti (6 August 1900 – 17 April 1972) was an American jazz clarinettist and saxophonist born in New Orleans, perhaps best known for his decades of work in New York City.
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|Birth name||Tony Parenti|
|Born||6 August 1900|
|Origin||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Died||17 April 1972|
|Associated acts||Eddie Condon, Ted Lewis|
Parenti was a childhood musical prodigy, first on violin, then on clarinet. As a child he substituted for Alcide Nunez in Papa Jack Laine's band. In New Orleans he also worked with Johnny Dedroit. During his early teens Parenti worked with the Nick LaRocca band. among other local acts. Parenti led his own band in New Orleans in the mid-1920s, making his first recordings there, before moving to New York City at the end of the decade.
In the late 1920s, Parenti worked with Benny Goodman and Fred Rich, and later in the decade moved to New York City full-time where he worked through the 1930s as a CBS staffman and as a member of the Radio City Symphony Orchestra.
In the 1940s and still in New York City, Parenti formed a Dixieland jazz band called Tony Parenti and His New Orleanians, and which featured Wild Bill Davison, Art Hodes and Jimmy Archey, among others. He often appeared at such New York jazz spots as Nick's and Jimmy Ryan’s, and also worked with Eddie Condon. Parenti remained active until the 1960s in clubs, and died in New York City on April 17, 1972.
- UAL/Que Records 195? Dixie By The 7 UAL 28000/ Que JLS 5000
- Tony Parenti & His New Orleanians (Jazzology, 1949) with Wild Bill Davison, Jimmy Archey, Art Hodes, Pops Foster, Arthur Trappier
- Ragtime Jubilee (Jazzology)
- Ragtime! (Riverside Records 205)
- Tony Parenti & His Downtown Boys (Jazzology, 1955-65) with Dick Wellstood, Armand Hug
- Tony Parenti & His Ragtime Gang - Ragtime Jubilee (Jazzology J-21) the front cover reads: "Featuring Knocky Parker"
- The Final Bar (Jazzology, 1971) with Max Kaminsky, Charlie Bornemann, Bobby Pratt