He appeared at the Jolson Centennial Celebration in New York in 1985, and brought Irving Caesar to his feet, declaring Tony's talent with a succinct "You're Great!" He was then off to Hollywood, where he appeared at a variety of venues, and even opened for Milton Berle.
His involvement with Al Jolson led him to a Norman Brooks performance in 1975, where he was asked to sing with the legendary Jolson impressionist following Babino's Ziegfeld appearance. Brooks helped shape Tony's act, with the incorporation of Jolson material into original interpretations of great songs. They met again later, and Tony continues to hold Brooks in the highest regard.
With his career in high gear, appearing in Atlantic City onstage or on the radio in New York, among other places, Tony has also had the title track from his CD, "Swinging' Around with Tony B" used in the Touchstone film "The Crew," starring Richard Dreyfuss and Burt Reynolds; and has been wowing the crowd at Jolson Festivals for years.