A native New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent, Tony Cintron has recorded and toured with some of the entertainment industry's best performers. As a drummer/percussionist, his list of experience extends across the world of R&B, smooth-jazz, Latin-jazz, salsa, gospel, pop and into the world of rock.
Tony Cintronís first gig out of New York City was with legendary vocalist Roberta Flack at Carnegie Hall, sharing rhythm section duties with bassist Marcus Miller and percussionist Ralph MacDonald. That experience led him to gigs with R&B singers Phyllis Hyman, Angela Bofill, Audrey Wheeler, Lisa Lisa, Toni Smith, Phil Perry, trumpeter Tom Browne and various artists from the recording industry in New York City. From there, he recorded for producers that tracked hit artists like Unlimited Touch, France Joli, and Faith Evans.
A different musical experience with Puerto Rican bassist and producer Oskar Cartaya introduced Tony Cintron to Latin session musicians in NYC and to salsa legend Willie Colon. Performing concerts and recording jingles in Puerto Rico during these years allowed him to perform with artists and singers like Ednita Nazario, Glenn Monroig, Luna and producer Cucco Pena.
A longtime friendship with legendary percussionists Marc Quinones and Bobby Allende brought about the opportunity to develop the Latin side of Tony Cintron's drumming. This friendship and his talent for Latin Rhythm also gave him the honor of playing with Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Gato Barbieri, Tania Maria, Jorge Dalto, Sal Cuevas, Nicky Marrero, Patato Valdes, Jose Feliciano, Tito Nieves, Ruben Blades y Son del Solar, Sergio George, Cheo Feliciano, La India, DLG, Ray Sepulveda, Jerry Rivera and Obie Bermudez. In 1991, after returning to New York from a lengthy stay in Puerto Rico, Tony and Marc Quinones became members of the legendary instrumental jazz group Spyro Gyra.
Subbing for drummer Richie Morales on a tour in the US opened new doors and gave Tony Cintron the opportunity to work with bassist Oskar Cartaya for the next decade. As a duo, they produced an annual jazz concert backing up great artists including: Marc Anthony, Kirk Whalum, Roberta Flack, Herb Alpert, Humberto Ramirez, Warren Hill, Bob Baldwin, Paquito D'Rivera, Regina Carter, and Eddie Palmieri.
In 2000, Tony Cintron was given the opportunity to join legendary rock producer Tom Dowd (Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, Allman Bros Band, Eric Clapton) and record the drum tracks for the debut Sony release of young legendary guitarist Joe Bonamassa. The cd titled 'A New Day Yesterday' features Tony's rock grooves accompanying Greg Allman, Rick Derringer and Leslie West along with the Bonamassa Trio.
A tour with Joe Bonamassa placed the newly formed power trio on stages with The Derrick Trucks Band, The Doobie Brothers, and Dr. John. During this time, Tony also toured with Latin pop star Ricky Martin in Europe and South America and with "Wicked" Broadway vocalist Idina Menzel. As a musical director, Tonyís credits include Sony Music Conference NYC, Angela Carrasco & Celia Cruz at Lincoln Center.
Tony Cintron's list of recording credits include Dizzy Gillespie, Yoshiaki Masuo, Jan Hammer, Noel Pointer, Willie Colon, Cheo Feliciano, Fania-Allstars, Dave Valentin, Faith Evans featuring P. Diddy, Vinny Valentino & Colorfunk, Eartha Kitt Live at The Carlyle, George Benson, Louie Vega & Elements of Life, Louie Vega & Nuyorican-Soul, Patti Austin Live, Bob Baldwin, Marion Meadows Live at Toad's, Oskar Cartaya, Steve Clarke, Humberto Ramirez, Joe Bonamassa and Cosmic Jibaros.
Tony Cintron now resides in Orlando, Florida where he now plays with the contemporary-jazz group Level 10 Band. Tony endorses Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and LP instruments exclusively.