Oral History Information
Tony Schmidt was the very first volunteer of the NAMM Foundation’s Museum of Making Music (located in the NAMM building) to provide 1,000 hours of service. As a kid, he saw Duke Ellington perform in his hometown of Chicago and was hooked, not only on Ellington (for which he was a noted expert), but on all things jazz. Tony played a significant role in the NAMM Resource Center, providing research, camera work, and conducting several interviews himself. His contributions to this program are innumerable.