Toby “FINGERS” DelRey (AKA Toby Kasavan) is a composer/pianist playing jazz and blues standards and original high energy instrumental blues barrelhouse boogie-woogie piano stuff influenced by many blues and jazz players (Otis Span, Roosevelt Sykes, Fats Waller, Count Basie...), but especially the New Orleans blues guys (James Booker, Tuts Washington, Prof. Longhair, etc...) and also a composer, improviser who's work has combined blues, boogie-woogie, rhythm and blues, funk and hard rock with avant-garde jazz and new music.
Fingers has performed and/or recorded with Don Covay, Bootsy Collins, Willie Bobo, Pinetop Perkins, Bill Laswell, Maceo Parker, African vocalist Mangala (from the Salif Keita band), William Parker, Daniel Carter, William Hooker, and The Last Poets among others. He was featured in the Knitting Factory's What is Jazz Festival and has presented Karamaville a piece for 8 musicians, at the Knitting Factory in NYC and at the American Church in Paris . He co-curated, co-produced and performed in the Whitney Museum's 80 Fingers: Duo Piano Festival.
As a longtime associate of funk master “Menace” (a.k.a Michael Weeden ). Fingers co-wrote several songs for Menace's CD and performed (along with the P-Funk crowd) on the CD and as part of the internationally touring band including performances in Japan, Europe, and opening act for George Clinton's P-Funk.
“ An outstanding pianist with a beautiful touch “ (Jazz Now)
“Pete Johnson meets Cecil Taylor” (Jazz Now),
“Melodies blow in powerful gusts and gales” (Keyboard Magazine)
"One of the best piano players of the last ten years in the blues self release scene.......Fine style, great musical taste!"
Simone Bargelli (for "Rock n Blues Today", Italy)
"Listening to Fingers DelRey solo piano CD "Hold Tight"; blues, boogie, ragtime, Nawlins gumbo, more; top-notch, two-fisted ivory tickling." (WCVF-FM, Freedonia NY)
Soul Bag - Toby "Fingers" Del Rey *4 stars! “Excellent, un disque sans déchet. Ou presque” “ (France-Le Magazine Francais du blues et de la Soul #198, 2010)