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My Favourite Ballads

by Tony Mergel

Ten beautiful ballads with solo piano, orchestral background, and jazz solos.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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1. A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square
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2. Always On My Mind
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3. God Bless the Child
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4. Heavenly
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5. Hello Again
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6. Imagine
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7. Lately
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8. Love Theme
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9. Stella By Starlight
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10. Summertime
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Tony Mergel's Bio
Tony Mergel’s career as a performer, teacher, bandleader, composer-arranger and producer has been a long and varied one. As a young musician, he was a well-known accordionist, performing
classical and contemporary music in concert and on CBC national radio. He was asked to play the
premiere performance of Charles Camilleri’s “Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra” with the CBC
symphony, and was the only accordionist to appear on the “Ten Centuries Concert Series” at the
MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto.
As a composer, the Mississauga Festival choir, commissioned him, in 1995, to write a major choral
work. “Space”, for choir and synthesizer orchestra, was performed in May of that year. A previous
major work, “Concertante Mosaic”, for symphony orchestra and jazz septet, was commissioned
and performed in 1985. He has also written many works for solo keyboard and various jazz
ensembles. Tony wrote the score for the movie “Pretender’s Lot”, which was released in May
1996.
In 1972, Tony became the first Director Of Music at Humber College, and founded the prestigious
music program. He served as director of music for 2 terms and was a full time professor teaching
Theory, Composition, Keyboard, Ensembles, and various business of music courses.
Tony has acted as musical director on a large number of shows produced for a variety of corporate
clients. IBM, Canadian Tire, Chrysler Canada, and Toyota are just a few of those clients who have
hired Tony throughout Canada and in the United States to look after their musical requirements.
He was musical director and keyboardist for the Stage West Big Band, and has led his own jazz
orchestra “Studio I” since 1972.
In 1992, Tony was asked to be musical director on the “Roy Orbison Story” which toured
extensively, performing in theatres throughout Canada. Since then, he has also played keyboards,
arranged the music, produced sequences, and acted as musical director for a variety of rock’n’roll
shows at Stage West, Lulu’s, and various other entertainment venues.
Tony also works in his recording studio where he produces music for demos, albums, video, and
film. The studio is a computer based MIDI and virtual instrument studio, which allows him to create
exciting backgrounds for his live performances, which include a MIDI orchestra.
In 2004-2005, Tony worked as musical director and pianist for “Stardust Follies”, a musical review
at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford. He arranged the music and produced the CD of the cast
recording in his studio.
Tony’s career as a music teacher is one of his most rewarding endeavours. He has been
associated with Merriam School of Music since 1992 and has been instrumental in the formation of
the Keyfest Integrated Curriculum, a progressive method for music teaching, which employs an
eclectic approach to music training for youngsters through to highly skilled artist’s level performers.
His latest music education project is “The Jazz Workshop”. It is the culmination of many years of
teaching the principles of harmony, melody, and improvisation to thousands of students in both the
College and private music teaching environment. A text book, work book, and CD provide pianists
and other musicians with an insight into the inner workings of harmony and melody as used by jazz
musicians.

My Favourite Ballads is the first of a series of Tony's favourite tunes.

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