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The Philly POPS BIG Band Swings from Sinatra to Today

The Philly POPS BIG Band Swings from Sinatra to Today

Parx Casino, Xcite Center

2999 Street Rd.
Bensalem, PA 19020
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Mar 29, 2018
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Thu, Mar 29, 2018
Doors Open at 6:30pm

The Philly POPS BIG Band
Tony DeSare, vocalist
Tiffany Jones, vocalist

The Philly POPS BIG Band – led by Principal Trumpet Matt Gallagher – is set to rock the brand new Xcite Center on March 29 with a complement of seventeen POPS musicians.  Longtime POPS collaborator Tony DeSare is featured on keyboards and vocals with homegrown Philly vocalist Tiffany Jones adding her trademark talents to the mix.

Gallagher’s BIG Band swings effortlessly from jazzy Count Basie and Duke Ellington standards through B.B. King blues into chart-topping pop hits from Prince, the Beatles and Stevie Wonder—supported with solos by legendary POPS regulars Ron Kerber on Alto Sax and Randy Kapralick on Trombone.

The BIG Band gets this party started with Duke Ellington’s unforgettable “Take the “A” Train”.  DeSare and Jones celebrate the Sinatra era further with tunes including “You Make Me Feel So Young” and “I'm Gonna Live Till I Die”.  DeSare’s original hit ”New Orleans Tango” is a highlight and Jones cover of “Love’s in Need of Love Today” cannot be missed. If you’ve found something to love in American popular music, you’ll find it in this dazzling show!

By purchasing these tickets, you agree to our Box Office Terms Tickets and ticket rates available while supplies last. Tickets valid for the show date and time purchased only. Tax and gratuity not included. Must bring printed copy of ticket and present at door or use e-ticket. Tickets do not include alcoholic beverages. Management reserves the right to change or cancel promotions and events at any time. Cannot be on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Self-exclusion or State Exclusion lists to attend the show, visit Parx Casino® or dine at any of our food & beverage outlets. Visit Xclub or Xcite Center for more details. Must be 21 or older to gamble, enter Xcite Center or dine at any of our food & beverage outlets. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.

Guest Artists

The Philly POPS BIG Band


The Philly POPS BIG Band performs throughout the Philadelphia region. Composed of 18-20 musicians – five saxophones, five trumpets, four trombones, a drum set, a piano, a guitar, and bass – the BIG Band plays swing, ragtime and jazz in the style of the Count Basie Orchestra and Harry James Band while expanding its repertoire into all kinds of popular music from Latin to funk and rock. The Philly POPS BIG Band members were chosen for their passion for popular music. Each is also a teaching artist, adept at instructing the next generation of musicians.

Tony DeSare, vocalist & piano


Tony DeSare performs with infectious joy, wry playfulness and robust musicality. Named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine, DeSare has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, the Today Show and his music has been posted by social media celebrity juggernaut, George Takei.

Tiffany Jones, guest artist

Tiffany Jones, vocalist


Called an “A-list performer” (Philadelphia City Paper) and a “rising star” (Philadelphia Daily News), Philadelphia jazz-soul vocalist and performer Tiffany Jones has been lauded for the “soul and sincerity behind her voice.” The color of her voice and the melodies of her original compositions are drenched in soul with jazz inflections, while her honest, heartfelt lyrics touch listeners with a message of love, joy, peace and healing. Jones’ love of performing started at a young age. Growing up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she sang her first solo in church at the age of three. “Music has been a huge part of my life since I can remember,” says Jones. “It is the thread that holds both sides of my family together.” Her grandfather, the late Lowman Pauling, was a notable songwriter and guitarist who wrote such classics as “Dedicated to the One I Love,” recorded by the Mamas and the Papas, and the hit “Think,” recorded by James Brown. Eric Clapton credits him as being one of his influences. He and his rhythm and blues vocal group, The Five Royales, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2015.  Jones’ great-uncle Clarence Paul (Pauling) worked for Motown for years and is named as mentor for Stevie Wonder. He wrote, “Until You Come Back To Me,” first recorded by Stevie Wonder and made a hit by Aretha Franklin. Beyond family, Jones credits Whitney Houston as her first and greatest influence. “From her presence on stage to her phrasing, I studied her,” says Jones. Other musical influences range from Rochelle Ferrell to Lalah Hathaway, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and Carmen McCrae. “These women helped me develop my sound.” Jones moved to Philadelphia in 1994 to attend Temple University, earning a bachelor's degree in music with a concentration in jazz vocal performance. She received a master's degree in music education from the University of the Arts. She has performed in venues across Philadelphia, and has worked with local artists such as Dexter Wansel, Donald Robinson, Tim Warfield, and Orrin Evans. In April 2011, Jones appeared in the PBS special “Malt Shop Memories” as a background vocalist for Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and other artists at Caesars Hotel & Casino. She performed background vocals on tour for gospel singer and musician Jeff Majors and on his album “Sacred 4 You” (2002), which reached #13 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart and #67 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart for 2002. Her original composition, “I Come to Thee” is featured on the album “Kaleidoscope” (2007) by jazz trumpeter Sean Jones and was sung by gospel artist Kim Burrell. In April 2016, Jones released her EP entitled Him. This record marks her second recording; her debut album, entitled “Reincarnation,” was released in 2002. Jones currently serves on the voice faculty of the University of the Arts.

See The Philly POPS BIG Band featuring Tony DeSare perform at PARX Casino's new Xcite Center!

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