A Philly transplant, and the child of Trinidadian parents, Anthony Tidd was born and raised in London, England.
Over the next eighteen years Anthony attended the Newham Academy of Music (U.K), Guild Hall (U.K), Thurrock College of Music (U.K), and Goldsmiths University (U.K), but (in his opinion) his true music education took place during his 24 year (and counting) stint with jazz alto saxophonist and MacArthur genius, Steve Coleman.
As an international touring bassist, Tidd has had the pleasure of working with a number of celebrated names, including Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Kindred, Wayne Krantz, Talib Kweli, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Meshell Ndegeocello, Common, Jill Scott, De La Soul, David Byrne, The Roots, Gangstarr, Frank Ocean and many others.
As an accomplished composer/band leader Anthony released his critically acclaimed album, Quite Sane – The Child of Troubled Times in 2002, and has written and recorded works for everything from small ensembles, to big bands, and even full orchestras.
As a Grammy Award winner Tidd has also recorded and produced a number of records for multiplatinum artists such as, The Roots, Macy Gray, Zap Mama, Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, Pink, Jill Scott, Ursula Rucker, etc, as well as composing scores for major film and television projects, most recently including Jay Z’s Paramount/BET docuseries, Rest in Power – The Trayvon Martin Story.
As an educator, and long standing member of the M-BASE collective, Anthony has taught and presented masterclasses at a number of prestigious institutions including New York University, Temple University, The New School, University of Chicago, University of California, San Diego, University of California, Los Angeles, Banff Center (Canada), Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Engelsholm (Denmark), The Pavoritti Center (Bosnia), The Lincoln Center, Durban University (South Africa), Paris Conservatory (France), The London South Bank (U.K), The Royal College of Music (U.K), and many others. He is also a master lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Tidd is the creator/director of the Creative Music Program, Jazz Camp of Philadelphia, as well as curator of Meet the Masters, and popular Philly concert series Sittin’ In, all at the prestigious Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, where he currently serves as the Jazz Artistic Advisor.
Anthony now divides his time between all of the above, living between Harlem and Philadelphia, whilst saving time to compose, and educate the next generation of musical talent.
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