We here at The Chronicle — like many of our readers — have been following Tony DeSare’s career from his teenaged gigs at local joints to the big time outings with Don Rickles, Bucky Pizarelli, Joe Piscopo, at Carnegie Hall and around the globe.
So, what’s one more feather in the cap of this 36-year-old Hudson Falls graduate, valedictorian of his class of 1994, someone we regularly refer to as a “rising star” on the international jazz-standards scene?
Yet, there was a little thread of a buzz Friday night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, local-to-local making eye contact on the lawn, in the amphitheater, bumping into familiar hometown folks as the sizable crowd swelled despite the rain.
The Philadelphia Orchestra is winding down its annual three-week summer residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs with special guest performances this week by violinist Joshua Bell on Wednesday (August 15) and cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Thursday (August 16).
And kicking off its final Spa City performances of the 2012 season this weekend, the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Steven Reineke will present a special pops concert at 8pm on Friday (August 17) with featured guest artists Montego Glover and Tony DeSare. Singer Glover earned a Tony nomination for her show-stopping performance in the hit Broadway musical, “Memphis.” And for jazz singer-pianist DeSare, the show will be something of a homecoming concert, as he was born in Glens Falls and raised in Hudson Falls, a 1994 graduate of Hudson Falls High School.
Jazz fusion band the Yellowjackets – who earned a pair of Grammy nominations for their latest album, “Timeline,” have been added to the schedule for the Freihofer Saratoga Jazz Festival on Sunday, July 1.
Steven Reineke will conduct the Philadelphia Orchestra’s pops concert, “The Best is Yet to Come: Sinatra and Beyond,” on Friday, August 17. Special guest vocalists for the concert will be Montego Glover (currently starring in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of “Memphis”) and Tony DeSare (vocalist, pianist and Hudson Falls High School graduate with three solo CDs to his credit).
And jazz-cabaret singer Wesla Whitfield and her husband-pianist Mike Greensill are headed into SPAC’s Spa Little Theater to perform their tribute show “Fever: The Peggy Lee Songbook” on Friday & Sunday, August 24 & 26, as part of SPAC’s “Live from the Algonquin at SPAC” cabaret series, which runs from August 19-28.
“That I actually bought myself with my own money? Yeah, I do remember, but it wasn’t a jazz album. It was Billy Joel‘s ‘Storm Front.’ I was about 14 years old at the time and had been playing piano for a couple of years.
One of the things that I grew up on was listening to a couple of Billy Joel albums that my dad had. Then the new one came out, ‘Storm Front,’ and it had that song, ‘And So It Goes,’ on it. I loved the piano-vocal thing, so that was the first album that I ever purchased.”
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