A powerful singer who knows how to connect with a song and an audience.

"...a multi-layered, heart-warming, intelligent performance."-DC Theatre Scene

Whether swinging a Sinatra standard or crooning a heartfelt ballad, Tony Gudell's powerful baritone brings the American Songbook to life in glorious Technicolor.


Swinging Saturday Nights!

Join Tony for Swingin' Saturday Nights! when he brings his unique vocal styling and lighthearted wit to DC's iconic jazz club, Columbia Station in Adams Morgan, every Saturday night from 9:00-1:00.  Backed by three exceptional jazz musicians -Erol Danon on piano, Salvatore DeRafelle on bass, and Julian Berkowitz on drums - Tony will effortlessly transport you back in time to the glorious days of the hip, ethereal jazz joints of New York in the 1940's and 50's

2325 18th Street, NW, WDC

Saturday Nights 9:00-1:00

No Cover

May 26: Swinging Saturday Night! with Guest Percussionist Angel Bethea and Pianist Chris Stiles

This week percussionist Angel Bethea and pianist Christopher Stiles join me and Salvatore DeRafelle on the bandstand.

Salvatore has been my bassist, music director, confidant -and rock- since we began SSN! last March. Sal has played in all major DC jazz venues, including Blues Alley ,Twins Jazz & Wolf Trap, and had toured extensively with legendary artists Dr John and Earl King. 

Angel Bethea has been working on mastering percussion for 11 years and plans to do so for the rest of her life! A native of Washington, DC, she has played at the Brixton, Epicure Cafe, the Kennedy Center, Mr. Henry’s, Blues Alley, and other venues with groups such as Shannon Gunn & the Bullettes and the Jeffrey Greenberg Quintet. Angel is currently pursuing her B.A. degree in music, with a minor in jazz studies and arts management at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She performs with several university ensembles, including the Jazz Big Band, Jazz Workshop Band, Latin American Ensemble, and Steel Pan Ensemble. 

Chris Stiles is an international musician with over 20 years of experience performing across the world. In addition to performing in the US with a number of well-known musicians and groups, including the legendary R&B group The Temptations, Chris has also lived and performed in Asia for over 10 years. During his time in Asia and has shared the stage with some of Asia’s biggest pop stars, such as VH1 Artist of the Year Stefanie Sun.

Wednesday, June 6: Wicked Little Town: A Show of Pride

Join Tony as he helps kick of DC Pride with a night of naughty numbers!  "Come to the cabaret" at Shaw's Tavern for a lighthearted evening of raunchy, funny, and topical tunes from some of DC's most entertaining performers.  This special one hour cabaret will be followed by open mic singing with the marvelous and delightful Jill Parsons at the piano.

Shaw's Tavern

520 Florida Ave, NW, WDC

10:00-11:00 Show, with Open Mic Immediately Following

No Cover


An Audience Favorite for Three Decades

A longtime favorite in the Washington, D.C. theatre scene, Tony has appeared in leading roles at many of the area's top playhouses, including Signature Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Washington Stage Guild, and Studio Theatre. In New York, Tony has performed as a caberet artist at such iconic clubs as Don't Tell Momma and The Duplex.

Stylish Vocals and Sophisticated Wit

Tony now brings his unique vocal styling and lighthearted wit to nightclubs, restaurants, and private events throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  Whether performing with a jazz trio, big band, or intimate piano, Tony effortlessly delivers a swanky evening, harkening back to the glamorous days of the Great American Supperclubs of the 1940's and '50's.

Always A Swingin' Night!

Video Gallery

Being Green

by Joe Raposa

Tony Gudell with Oren Levine

Recorded Live, July 2017

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

By Frank Loesser

Tony Gudell, Vocals

Peter Edelman, Piano

Salvatore DeRaffele, Bass

Justin Pinkney, Drums

Recorded Live, December 2017

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