Lorenzo “Tony” & Joni Wyche
Brooklyn born, Lorenzo “Tony” is a man with a profound passion for music. He came of age as a trumpeter in the late 1960’s, living in Roosevelt, Long Island, NY, performing at dances and nightclubs as a teenager. Lorenzo received his earliest formal musical training at the Juilliard School, preparatory division for children. He went on to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in music.
“I was very fortunate to come through at a time when a lot of young people played in bands, and live music was everywhere.” - Lorenzo
Lorenzo has toured and/or recorded with hit soul, funk, disco, pop, rap, and R&B artists such as: Stevie Wonder, Gloria Gaynor, Sam & Dave, Ronnie Dyson, Stacey Lattisaw, Public Enemy, The Four Tops, Deborah Harry, and many, many more.
Through the years, Lorenzo worked the New York City private party circuit with New York’s top party bands, performing at thousands of private and corporate events. He also did a stint touring the U.S. as a trumpeter with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus Orchestra.
“Having the opportunity to tour and perform throughout the United States and in many countries around the world, with the recording stars of the day, was a great experience” - Lorenzo
His desire to share his passion with young people was the catalyst for his career in music education. Under the auspices of VH1 “Save the Music”, Lorenzo developed instrumental music programs for the City of New York Department of Education. He was featured in the New York Daily News for his work in the South Bronx and his programs were applauded in a VH1 national television broadcast supporting music education. Lorenzo was a faculty member, teaching orchestra, at the Hempstead Public School District, Hempstead, NY from 2002 until his retirement in 2016.
Lorenzo firmly believes that the arts can make a difference in the world and in the lives of each of us.
Joni Wyche was born in Harlem, NY. Her love for singing began at the tender age of four, when she started entertaining family and friends by belting out songs, using a brush as her microphone. By the time she was in the first grade, her public school principal ushered her around the building to sing Christmas carols to all of the classes. She also had a talent for writing, and found inspiration for poems and short narratives all around her, creating new pieces just about every day.
In an earlier season, Joni earned a B.A. in Communications from Hunter College, and set out to conquer the world of advertising. But life took over, and she found herself in the trade show business.
During her career in corporate event management, Joni managed conferences, banquets and trade shows. She also did a ten year stint as an entrepreneur, promoting her brand of event management while acquiring an impressive roster of clients. Later, she returned to corporate America as a key executive responsible for running the largest toy show in the Western Hemisphere. Still, she was engaged in the arts – singing, dancing and writing along the way. She currently maintains "Pieces of Me,” a blog comprised of “pieces” of her life and musings.
Joni is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Association of Business and Professional Women. She has been featured in Fast Company magazine, and is quoted in Dan Pink’s book, FREE AGENT NATION: The Future of Working for Yourself. Along with her team, she has received “The Greatest Show on Earth Award” from Trade Show Executive magazine. She performed with Shango, a Haitian dance company, and she also sang and danced for Lavinia Williams, an acclaimed dance historian who gave lecture/demonstrations all over the country.
Retired from corporate America, Joni now focuses on what she loves best – singing. Joni and her husband, Lorenzo, enjoy making music together and sharing it with world. She sings/He plays.
It’s a perfect combination!!!
“What beautiful music. You both are so silky smooth. Her voice is like velvet, and I love the lush deep portion of her voice. ” - John W.