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My View: Tony DeSare….A Winning Combination

My View: Tony DeSare….A Winning Combination

It’s always a winning combination….A swinging singer/pianist backed by great rhythm and guitar.   Tony DeSare,  a good looking guy possessing a delightfully subtle personality was at the keyboard and microphone performing in the Birdland Theater last night.  We were there with Michele Lee & Eric Gabbard together with a room full of golden age night club devotees to catch his show. 

Tony’s music is a great blend of old school/new school.  His piano dexterity is explosive and obviously he’s spent his youth practicing Hanon and  Bach backwards and forwards.  When he  strategically unleashes his virtuosity you get a slew of well constructed melodic solos.  Contrasting this is Tony’s smooth baritone vocal style which is poignant on ballads and “in the pocket” on up tempos.  The tradition of Peter Nero, Frankie Randall, Bobby Cole, Nat King Cole, and Buddy Greco is alive and well. 

BTW Piano students….Tony told me after the show he keeps his technique in shape by practicing Rhapsody In Blue every day.

Tony DeSare

Tony DeSare

Tony DeSare



Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen

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