Tony DeSare

Tony DeSare

Piano and Vocals

Named a “Rising Star” Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine’s Critics Poll, DeSare has lived up to the distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles, Tony has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, the Today Show and his music was even recently posted by social media celebrity juggernaut, George Takei.

The critics agree. “He is two parts Sinatra to one part Billy Joel, meshed seamlessly…. A Sinatra acolyte in his early 30s who sings Prince as well as Johnny Mercer,” raved the New York Times. The Wall Street Journal adds its own flattering comparisons, stating, “He is one third Bobby Darin, one third Bobby Short and one third Bobby Kennedy.” Rounding out the accolades is USA Today, proclaiming “DeSare belongs to a group of neo-traditional upstarts stretching from Harry Connick, Jr., to Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum. DeSare covers old and newer pop and jazz standards without smothering or over-thinking the material.”

Notwithstanding his critically acclaimed turns as a singer/pianist, Tony is also an accomplished award-winning composer.  He not only won first place in this year’s USA Songwriting Contest, but Tony has also written the theme song for the motion picture, My Date With Drew, along with several broadcast commercials. His compositions include a wide-range of romantic, funny and soulful tunes that can be found on his top-selling recordings as well as on his YouTube page, which is frequently updated with recordings not available on his current releases.

His latest achievement includes putting together a brand new live show, “My Generation: The Contemporary American Songbook,” which pays tribute to the traditional genius of Gershwin, Berlin, Porter and Kern, while introducing the many great songwriters who created iconic music over the past half century. These new inductees include Ray Charles, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan and Michael McDonald, as well as ‘adopted’ American songwriters like Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Barry Gibb.

Aside from a busy touring schedule throughout the 2013-14 season, DeSare’s other major project this year is the October 1st release of his CD titled, “PiANO,” an ambitious album recorded entirely by multi-tracking an acoustic piano into fully orchestrated arrangements.

DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness, and robust musicality. His sound is romantic, swinging and sensual, but what sets DeSare apart is his ability to write original material that sounds fresh and contemporary, yet pays homage to the Great American Songbook. As a result, DeSare can deftly glide from a Gershwin standard, to a Dylan or Paul McCartney classic, to one of his inventive original songs.

Biography courtesy www.tonydesare.com

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