In ’84 Tony began touring and recording with Chaka Khan, eventually becoming her music director (when he first played with Alvino Bennett). From this, he went on to record and tour with many well known artists including Michael McDonald, Janet Jackson, Patti Labelle, The Temptations, Was Not Was, George Michael, ABC, Michael Jackson, Rick Astley, Paul Young, Solomon Burke, and Smokey Robinson.  Patler’s credits also include film soundtracks and co-writing songs for Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan & LTD, among others.