• Tony Fortunato and the Emperors of Swing Band (TM)

    This fantastic complete band features Tony on vocals and sax and his rhythm section completed with the elite Emperors of Swing brass section. I'm proud to say this is my main band. I started this over 20 years ago and I have devoted everything into the sound of this full band. It provides the best selection and sound of music with our top notch brass section.

    We are predominately a Swing band, but with my personal "no limitations in music" we provide the perfect blend of Swing, Jazz and Blues. My custom arrangements insure us that no one else has our sound.

    In the late 80's after playing in local & regional bands, I decided to develop my own sound. Putting together the best songs and music styles I performed over the trying to improve, reinvent, evolve and customize the material by adding a "Vegas" type feel influenced by Tower of Power, Chicago, Count Basie, Blood Sweat & Tears and Sinatra. Investing my time, money and energy for a long-term product, I developed a unique and powerful sound. Building a massive library of custom arranged songs.

  • Credits

    Tony and his band the Emperors of Swing (TM) have provided live entertainment for a variety events since 1990: festivals, summer concerts, fund raisers, black tie events, corporate events, political events, charities, wedding receptions, colleges – universities – and other school events, private functions and more.

    Tony has performed in and headlined several Lakeland Jazz Festivals, and has recorded with many local, regional and international recording artists including Martha Reeves, The Dells, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and Travis Haddix to mention a few. He and his band have worked with Big Bad Voodo Daddy and David Benoit at Blossom Music Center in addition to live TV performances on FOX 8 TV.

    Special events include performances for the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns organizations, a performance for the TV show Touched By Love. Tony has also played Baritone & Tenor saxophone for Smokey Joe's Cafe and was part of the headlining act in the 2010 Cognac Blues Festival in France and many Jazz & Blues festivals including Delaware, Erie PA, Sharon PA, South Carolina and more.

  • About Tony "TJ" Fortunato

    Tony Fortunato is a national and International recording and performing artist.
    Since 1990 Tony has fronted his own band the Emperors of Swing (tm) a powerful variety band that plays Swing, Jazz and Blues. Tony is currently the band leader and horn section director for the international blues hall of fame artist Travis Haddix. Tony has recorded, co-written and also fully arranged the horn section for Travis Haddix Blues Band. Tony has done studio and live performances with local and national bands.

    Tony's personal Musicianship Information:
    Main instrument: Baritone Sax, Tenor Sax
    Reading Ability: Excellent
    Solo Abilities: Excellent
    Improvisation Abilities: Excellent

    What makes Tony Fortunato a good sax player?
    Tony is a great back up player, he plays for the sound. He can drive a section, push the music but will never bury the lead vocal or melody. Knowing when to play is as important as know when not to play. Tony prides himself on his ability to add more bounce to the bottom or infuse cool tones behind the lead.

    Whether you need a session, studio or live concert musician, Tony is available as a Baritone and Tenor saxophonist.

  • Booking Info

    Please contact TonyFortunato27@aol.com with the time, date and location of your event


      Band will arrive 1 hour prior to start time for set up.
      We issue a simple contract agreement for all standard local events and is the only contract that will be acknowledged & honored superseding any other paperwork.
      A non-refundable deposit is required for all performances.
      Band personnel may change without notice.
      Performance time includes breaks.
      Normally each hour of performance is broken down into 45 on / 15 off.
      Band fee is based on consecutive hours at the location, regardless of how playing schedule may break up into for the event.

  • Donate To the Tony Fortunato
    Community Outreach Program (C.O.P.)

    Giving Back to the Community

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    Level 1

    In the past season, several communities received discounted concerts and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life - received a FREE concert.

    Please support the Tony Fortunato Community Outreach Program by making a donation in the amount of your choice, in your personal or company name

    Please click the donate button.
    Once we have received your donation, your sponsorship will be acknowledged.
    Your donation may also remain confidential if you wish.

  • Donate To the Tony Fortunato
    Community Outreach Program (C.O.P.)

    Giving Back to the Community

    The Tony Fortunato C.O.P. (Community Outreach Program)
    Tony has created a special program to provide professional live entertainment to the local communities.
    We will enrich the cultural experience, appreciation and unity throughout our communities by providing quality live music.

    Giving back to the community through music has always remained a priority for Tony.
    We couldn’t do it without you. Your gift of support of our program will make a difference.
    The more Donations & Sponsors we receive will reflect the number of free/reduced concerts we can provide.

    Goal

    Level 1

  • Donate To the Tony Fortunato
    Community Outreach Program (C.O.P.)

    Giving Back to the Community

    Goal


    Our goal is to be able to provide professional live music entertainment FREE of charge (or at a reduced fee pending the amount of donations received) to the many children, families and elderly in the community through performances, increasing and encouraging the development of Heritage, Culture and Unity within the communities at all available public venues. With our struggling economy, many cities and public venues are finding it hard to come up with funding in their budgets for city park concerts, home days, community festivals, fundraisers and related type events. We will utilize venues that have open to the public / community access to provide these concerts.

    Level 1

  • Donate To the Tony Fortunato
    Community Outreach Program (C.O.P.)

    Giving Back to the Community

    Goal

    Level 1


    The first level is for Tony Fortunato to be able to provide 25-35 concerts per year.

    The concerts will be provided between myself, the Prime Time Big Band and the Travis Haddix Blues Band. You all know about me and my variety music for the community events, let me tell you about the other bands.

    Prime Time is a traditional 18pc big band dance band. Established in 1976 they perform the best big band, swing and jazz songs of the era for dancing and concert listening.

    Travis Haddix is a true blues musician incorporating many styles of blues with his top notch horn section and his energetic show style that has been compared to the legendary Stax-Volt era. Travis has been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.