Tony DeSare to open weekend at Cabaret Festival

Tony DeSare

Singer-pianist Tony DeSare seems to be all over the place these days — on Prairie Home Companion last weekend, playing with the New York Pops earlier this week. Now he’s set to headline the Orlando Cabaret Festival Thursday night through Sunday afternoon.

Here’s a little rundown on Tony and a link to his website:

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.

DeSare’s noted versatility enables him to headline a variety of venues. He has performed at major jazz rooms like Birdland and the Blue Note with his quartet; posh nightclubs like 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. He has won critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout the United States as well as in Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.

And here’s a look at him:

DeSare will play at Mad Cow Theatre at 8 p.m. May 5-7 and at 3 p.m. May 8. For tickets go to orlandocabaret.com.

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