Tony Dumas was born in Los Angeles California? on October 1, 1955. By the age of 14, he started playing bass and studying in the high school orchestra and went on to study music at Pasadena City College.
He first started playing professionally with Organist?Johnny Hammond Smith?then went on to play with Trumpeter?Freddie Hubbard.
He has toured, played and recorded with the likes of:Herbie Hancock,??Carmen McCrae,?Sarah Vaughan,?Joe Williams,?The Manhattan Transfer,?Chick Corea,?Etta James,?Mariah Carey,?Bill Cosby?(playboy jazz festival band),??Patrice Rushen?and the list goes on and on.