Tony DeSare is a jazz singer, pianist and songwriter. He has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. He continues to perform all over the world in theaters, jazz clubs and with symphonies. His original songs have been featured in the 20th Century Fox film The Tooth Fairy, and the 2005 Indie hit My Date With Drew.
Singer, pianist and songwriter Tony DeSare – whose third CD Radio Show was released by Telarc Records earlier this year – was named a “Rising Star” Male Vocalist in the 2009 Downbeat Critics Poll. He has won critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout the United States as well as in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. In January, launched an international tour with three weeks at the Algonquin Hotel’s Oak Room in New York, two weeks in London, then continues on to cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, St. Louis and Palm Beach. “Let’s Just Stay In,” one of the CD’s original songs, will be featured in the upcoming 20th Century Fox film The Tooth Fairy, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ashley Judd, Billy Crystal and Julie Andrews.
“With his dark hair, bright brown eyes and toothpaste smile that rarely fades,” raved The New York Times, “DeSare is one of the most promising young male performers. He is a Sinatra acolyte in his early 30s who sings Prince as well as Johnny Mercer.” According to USA Today, “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.” Tony DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness, and robust musicality. His takes on classic standards and sophisticated original compositions have earned him a reputation as one of country’s hottest young singer/pianists. His sound is romantic, swinging and sensual, but what sets Tony apart is his ability to write original material that sounds fresh and at the same time blends seamlessly with the Great American Songbook. Tony has the capability to glide from a standard by George Gershwin to a contemporary classic by Bob Dylan or Phil Collins to one of his inventive original songs with ease.
With a sexy, distinctive sound, Tony’s 2007 recording, Last First Kiss, spotlights a refreshingly contemporary combination of originals and standards, from Prince’s “Kiss” and Carole King’s “I Feel the Earth Move” to classics like “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To” and Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen’s under-recorded gem “Come On Strong.” The album also features the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, a horn section, and Tony’s longtime sidemen Mike Lee on bass and Brian Czach on drums. The CD – which debuted at #5 on the Billboard chart and #3 on the Amazon.com ranking and also #2 on the iTunes jazz chart – was featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday.”
Want You, Tony’s debut CD, debuted at #16 on the Billboard chart when it was released in May 2005. The CD includes standards such as "Two For The Road", “Just In Time,” and “I Wish You Love,” as well as originals “Marry Me,” “How I Will Say I Love You,” and the title track. He performed selections from the CD on national broadcasts of the CBS Early Show, NBC Weekend Today and Fox News Channel.
Shortly after moving to New York City in 1999, DeSare was cast as the star of the long-running Off-Broadway musical Our Sinatra. In the fall of 2002, DeSare performed at the Apollo Theater where he first met jazz guitar icon Bucky Pizzarelli. Since then, Pizzarelli has continued to perform with DeSare's band around the country. DeSare was also featured in New York TV personality Bill Boggs’s Off-Broadway show Talk Show Confidential at the John Houseman Theater.
Tony's Radio Show, a concept album that spans 50 years of American pop music and includes five original songs was released in January of 2009 and received praise for its originality and musicality. Tony's original, "A Little Bit Closer", was the featured song of the week in USA Today.
DeSare’s 2007 recording, Last First Kiss, includes a contemporary combination of originals and standards, from Prince’s "Kiss" and Carole King’s "I Feel the Earth Move" to classics like "You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To”" and Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen’s "Come On Strong".”The album also features guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, a horn section, and sidemen Mike Lee on bass and Brian Czach on drums. The CD – which debuted at #5 on the Billboard chart – was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday.
DeSare has performed at major jazz rooms such as Birdland and the Blue Note with his quartet; nightclubs including the Café Carlyle and Feinstein’s at the Regency; with his big band in concert halls like Jazz at Lincoln Center; or with a 60-piece orchestra. For the 2009-2010 season, DeSare will be headlining major symphonies around the country. In February of 2010, Tony headlined his first show with a major symphony orchestra in Indianapolis.