B i o g r a p h y

Tony Hagood is an internationally accomplished pianist and composer from Westerville, Ohio.  Tony received his bachelor of music performance degree from Capital University in 2010.  He has played for audiences in China, Japan, South Korea, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and many countries in the Caribbean. 


Tony is very passionate about music and its powerful influences. He will continue to pursue diverse musical paths and share them with all who listen. 


Here in the states, he plays for a large range of performances from restaurants to stadiums. When Tony is not performing with other bands, running his concert series at the Columbus Museum of Art, running the Tony Hagood Presents concert series at the McConnell Arts Center, or leading various versions of his trio, duo, or playing solo an average of 5 performances a week, he works as the jazz piano instructor, piano instructor, and staff accompanist at Otterbein for their concert choir, and cardinal singers (SSA), accompanies Westerville South High School choirs, Pickerington Community Choir, and is Music Director and pianist at the Triumphant Church of God in Westerville on Sundays at 10:00am.  Tony also runs his music lessons company Noteworthy Music as President & Founder which teaches lessons in students’ homes.


Tony’s performance experiences include recently filling in with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra for their 2021 five Home for the Holidays concerts, big bands, musicals, various combo groupings, instrumental and vocal accompanist, cruise ship pianist, symphony orchestra pianist, choir accompanist and classic rock, country, top 40s, R&B and more cover bands. 


Tony studied with mentor Mark Flugge from 2004 to 2010. Mark’s virtuoso techniques and stylistic flexibility have had a strong effect on Tony’s playing. He has also studied with Bill Dobbins, Luke Gillespie, and Dave Pietro.


His music has been influenced most by Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Earl Hines, Clare Fischer, Brad Mehldau and Ahmad Jamal.


Tony has played with an accomplished list of jazz greats in Central Ohio and beyond. A partial list includes Byron Stripling, Vanessa Campagna, The Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Ndugu Chancler, Gene Walker, Dave Pietro, Bob Mintzer, Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, Jim Rupp, Chris Berg, Reggie Jackson, Andy Woodson, The Rick Brunetto Big Band, Steve Houghton, Ali Ryerson, Michael Cox, Pete Mills, Jim Powell, Jim Masters Wes Warmdaddy Anderson, was the pianist for Dwight Lenox for the last 1.5 years of his career before his death, Peter Yarrow, Brian Michael Smith, and Dick Mackie.



Louis Armstrong Jazz Award 2006

Free Tuition Scholarship to 2006 Band of America Summer Symposium

1st place Columbus Ohio Piano Gallery Jazz Composition Competition Outstanding recognition at Elmhurst College Jazz Festival 2008, 2010 Outstanding recognition at Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival 2010