Tony Fernandez began his singing career in the jazz supper clubs of South Beach and Fort Lauderdale, FL. Most notably, he was the Tuesday night resident performer at the Van Dyke Cafe Jazz Club on Lincoln Road for a three year interval. This well-known venue played host to some of the biggest names in Jazz from Joe Williams to Raul Midon. He was most often featured with the Don Wilner quartet. Don Wilner was University of Miami doctorate bass player who managed the acts at the The Van Dyke Cafe. He recorded a live CD with Wilner’s quartet which featured the late great Eddie Higgins on piano. His tenure at these supper clubs earned him a spot on Norwegian Cruise Lines Annual Jazz Cruise. It was here that he shared the stages with jazz greats such as Bucky Pizzarelli and Lonnie Smith (aka “The Turbanator”).
After years of performing jazz standards and selling recordings in the style of Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble, Tony turned his interest to rock and pop music under the tutelage of Karl Richardson. Karl Richardson is a grammy-winning engineer and producer most known for his work with the Bee-Gees and Eric Clapton. During this period, learned how to navigate his way around a recording studio and produce records.
Tony lives in Vero Beach,FL with his wife and two children. Getting married and having children prompted a hiatus from the hectic life of live music performance. He now earns a living in Real Estate investment and Cattle Ranching alongside his father.
He recently teamed up with bandleader and trumpet player James Jordan to form an 18-piece orchestra which will be performing in Vero Beach and beyond. This project marks a return to the jazz standards that Tony began his career with. They are looking to recreate the wonderful sound of Count Basie’s band. Tony is also working as the lead-singer and rhythm guitarist of local rock-cover band 40 Wattz.