Singer, pianist and songwriter Tony DeSare is back in Glens Falls, NY for his annual “Home For the Holidays Concert” on November 23 and 24. He will be performing all of his favorite covers and his own hits at the Charles Wood Theater at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday,
November 23, and at 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 24.
“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 30’s 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 BublÃ© and Jamie Cullum. DeSare covers old and newer pop and jazz standards without smothering or over-thinking the material.”
Tony was born and raised in Hudson Falls, New York to a musical family. I was able to ask Tony a few questions while he was home for the holidays.
- What inspires you to create your music?
Tony: Like a lot of creative endeavors, I draw inspiration from many different sources. Often the most powerful inspiration comes from the most unexpected places, seeing an interaction between two strangers on a subway or a line of dialogue from a movie. Any time I see or hear any great art I’m inspired. Maybe it’s a play, comedy show, concert, great art inspires art in any medium
- Who is your favorite musician?
Tony: That’s kind of a tough question since I have favorites in certain categories. Since I’m a piano player, singer, and a songwriter I have top favorites in every category. My favorite singer is Frank Sinatra. My favorite piano player is Oscar Peterson and my favorite songwriters are Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. I also like a lot of more modern singers and composers but the artists I just mentioned inspired everyone who sings, plays and writes in one way or another.
- If you can describe your show in one word what would it be?
- What is your favorite song to perform live?
Tony: Right now my favorite song to perform live is my new arrangement of Jerry Lee Lewis’ Great Balls of Fire.
- What has been the highlight of your music career, so far?
Tony: I’ve been lucky to have many highlights in my career so far. Some recent ones include performing at Carnegie Hall with the NY Pops and SPAC with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
- When did you first start playing piano?
Tony: I started playing the piano at around age 11. My first instrument was the violin, though, and started that at age 8.
- Do you have any plans for future projects?
Tony: Yes, I have many dates with orchestras scheduled over the next year and also a new album that’s completed and ready to come out. I’m also planning on releasing much more content on YouTube.
- What do you enjoy doing when you’re not performing or practicing?
Tony: When not performing, I enjoy being a New Yorker and relaxing at home watching movies and playing Scrabble on my iPad with my wife.
- What is your favorite memory while living in Hudson Falls?
Tony: I have many fond memories of growing up in Hudson Falls. I think my favorite memory is performing at the Hudson Falls High School when I was a senior there in my first real public concert. That really kicked off what I’m still doing today
- How often do you practice on the piano and singing?
Tony: I practice as often as I can. I find that I practice more now than ever. I try to play at least some piano every day, sometimes that’s a few hours, sometimes just a few minutes but I try to get my hands on a piano at least once a day.