Tony Schmidt


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The NAMM Foundation’s Museum of Making Music

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.