Hudson Ragtime Piano Suite
In June of 2018, Tony started recording snippets of ragtime songs after being gifted a book of "100 Authentic Rags" from his father's friend and ragtime pianist, Jim "Whitey" Minette. He'd schlep his wooden bass drum and high hat next door to Club Helsinki, an iconic and eclectic restaurant and night club, where they'd let him practice on a blonde out of tune Steinway piano in the ballroom upstairs. Tony set up his iPhone on a mic stand and practiced until he got about a good minute of a rag down and then post them to his Instagram, Facebook & YouTube pages. Along with the authentic rags, Tony also began to re-arrange classic songs in a ragtime/ Harlem stride feel.
Milk Money is Tony's first album and features him playing his signature sound of piano, bass drum and high-hat at the same time. Recorded at Helsinki Hudson in Hudson, NY, Milk Money covers songs ranging from J.S. Bach to Cyndi Lauper as well as a couple novelty rags and an original rag by Tony. Kieraldo is joined by the voices of Ryder Cooley, Ella Loudon and Christina Kokonis-Viggers on a few swinging arrangements of some classic rock songs. Watch Milk Money in its entirety on YouTube below.