Lee Allen - Pianist

Why book Lee Allen - Pianist?

Solo pianist Lee Allen provides the sound of a jazz ensemble playing high-quality, professional background music for receptions, dinners and quieter parties.

Lee Allen’s music style is unique -- popular music, influenced by jazz and classical/romantic harmony and structure. Lee Allen's real experience as a bassist and drummer enables him to deliver a trio sound that is as authentic as the sound of three persons.

Lee Allen is a member of the TrustLink Community (a Better Business Bureau program) and is a preferred vendor of the Los Altos Country Club, Riconada Country Club (Los Gatos) and the Saratoga Country Club.

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Great Pianist

Lee was hired to play for our wedding celebration. He was very easy to work with and open to our ideas for music. Lee was professional, on time, and displayed a real talent for understanding what we were looking for. Lee set the tone for the celebration, and never stopped working till it was over. I would definitely hire Lee again.

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Reviewer: Jean K.
Event: Wedding Reception in San Jose, CA
Event Date: Dec 8, 2013
Hired As: Pianist

Great Pianist

Lee was hired for our wedding celebration. He was very easy to work with and provided a wonderful selection of musical arrangements for our event. He was very professional, on time, and demonstrated the ability to set the tone for the event with his music. He was kind and generous with his time and talent. I would hire Lee again.

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Reviewer: Jean K.
Event: Wedding Reception in San Jose, CA
Event Date: Dec 8, 2013
Hired As: Pianist

I would like to have Mr. Allen return to share his work!!

Mr. Allen was very professional and provided our group with lovely holiday music for our annual luncheon. Many of our members asked if he would return next year, and we're talking to him about that very thing! We were really lucky to have him and he definitely added a great deal to the success of our annual luncheon/meeting.

I would highly recommend Mr. Allen for any type of event that required the professional services of a very talented pianist.

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Reviewer: Kathy H.
Organization: Results Group
Event: Luncheon/Tea in Los Gatos, CA
Event Date: Dec 10, 2013
Hired As: Pianist

Looking fior a pianist? He is your man!

I have been working with Lee now for a few years. I have used him for professional events at work and he also played the reception hour at my daughter's wedding. He is a part of my "A" team when I have an event to execute as I know if he says he will be there at a set time, I could set my clock to it. Already have him hired for my 2014 events!

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Reviewer: Jennifer H.
Organization: Sacred Heart Schools
Event: Holiday Party in Atherton, CA
Event Date: Dec 10, 2013
Hired As: Keyboard Player

Beautiful music, highly professional, would hire again

Lee knew not only the type of music that would fit our occasion and space -- but controlled other factors like the volume..beautiful disposition as well!

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Reviewer: Nancy S.
Event: Private Party in San Carlos, CA
Event Date: Dec 7, 2012
Hired As: Keyboard Player

Excellent

Just wonderful with the ebb and flow of the party.

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Reviewer: Sandra S.
Organization: Private
Event: Christmas Party in Atherton, CA
Event Date: Dec 13, 2013
Hired As: Keyboard Player

Excellent background music

We were very happy with the piano music provided by Lee Allen. It was beautifully played and arranged. It kept the mood high during cocktails and dinner.

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Reviewer: Emily F.
Event: Anniversary Party in Sacramento, CA
Event Date: Sep 14, 2013
Hired As: Pianist

Professional, Easy-Going, Pleasant Performer!

Lee arrived early and was so pleasant and easy to work with, that I knew I wouldn't have to worry about his needs. He made my day so much less hectic than it could have been-in the past when I've hired a new entertainer, I usually have some issues, but with Lee I had absolutely none. He was fabulous and all of our 140 guests from all over the area and of all ages agreed. Thank you for making our Thanksgiving event even more special for our residents and their families with your truly wonderful performance, Lee!

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Reviewer: Lindsey P.
Organization: Sunrise Assisted Living of San Mateo
Event: Holiday Party in San Mateo, CA
Event Date: Nov 20, 2011
Hired As: Jazz Pianist

Review by Marinela R.

Excellent,professional. Everyone enjoy nice selection of music. Definitely,great pianist player.

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Reviewer: Marinela R.
Organization: Vedas Indian Restaurant
Event: Private Party in Milpitas, CA
Event Date: Feb 17, 2011
Hired As: Jazz Pianist, Pianist

Review by Patricia A.

Lee was highly professional but also fun to work with. And the music was perfect! He has my highest recommendation.

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Reviewer: Patricia A.
Event: Birthday Party in Palo Alto, CA
Event Date: Feb 11, 2011
Hired As: Pianist

Review by David J.

Lee Allen made our special evening complete. We had a splendid birthday party and Lee played a wide variety of jazz and popular music arrangements which suited folks of all ages. Just the right volume too, never intrusive or limiting conversation. Highly recommended!

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Reviewer: David J.
Event: Birthday Party in Saratoga, CA
Event Date: Jan 2, 2011
Hired As: Jazz Pianist, Keyboard Player, Pianist

Review by Dwight P.

Lee is an amazing piano player. He is warm and kind person and all our guests loved him. Played Christmas music for us and it was wonderful. I swear he can play anything. I want to have a Frank Sinatra party and look forward to have Lee back. Truly a professional and a wonderful human being.
Dwight Perkins

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Reviewer: Dwight P.
Organization: Big Wave Beverage Company
Event: Christmas Party in Los Gatos, CA
Event Date: Dec 11, 2010
Hired As: Pianist

Review by Joan T.

Mr. Allen performed a beautiful selection of music for our annual company christmas function. Everyone in attendence was very pleased with not only has playing but the selection of music he chose for the event. This is the second time we have used Mr. Allen's services and would use him again in the future - we diffently recommend him to anyone looking for such a performer for their event.

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Reviewer: Joan T.
Organization: AMERITAC, INC.
Event: Christmas Party in Berkeley, CA
Event Date: Dec 19, 2010
Hired As: Jazz Pianist

Review by Char M.

Lee has played at my December Party for two years and I plan to hire him every time I need a pianist. His music is wonderful and he is very professional.

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Reviewer: Char M.
Event: Christmas Party in Saratoga, CA
Event Date: Dec 13, 2010
Hired As: Jazz Pianist, Keyboard Player, Pianist

Review by Cheryl B.

Lee played for the second year at our event, Wonderful Witchy Women with a Cause.
He played masterfully and beautifully. Everyone enjoyed his repertoire which was extensive.
I highly recommend hiring Lee Allen.

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Reviewer: Cheryl B.
Organization: Founder, WWW
Event: Fundraiser in Los Gatos, CA
Event Date: Oct 27, 2010
Hired As: Pianist

Review by Igor L.

We enjoyed MR. Allen performance very much. He was very professional, coming to the place early to setup equipment and performing without any breaks. I would recommend his services to any piano jazz lovers, who prefer music on a background to provide ambiance.

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Reviewer: Igor L.
Event: Anniversary Party in San Francisco, CA
Event Date: Oct 23, 2010
Hired As: Jazz Pianist, Keyboard Player

Review by Judy L.

Really enjoyed listening to Lee Allen's music. He is a wonderful pianist. If you have an event and need great jazz piano music, I recommend booking Lee Allen.

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Reviewer: Judy L.
Organization: Saratoga Chamber of Commerce
Event: Corporate Event in Scotts Valley, CA
Event Date: Oct 28, 2010
Hired As: Jazz Pianist, Pianist

Review by MA

Lee Allen has provided music for our last (3) formal fundraising events. Always professional in demeanor and truly talented when it comes to his music and performance, he is the vendor at the top of our list every year to contact and book. Extra care is always taken by Lee to ensure early arrival, expert set-up and accommodations, as well as beautiful music suited specifically to our guests. He has become a vital part of our event and we hope to utilize his services for years to come.

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Reviewer: MA
Organization: St. Cyprian School
Event: Fundraiser in Sunnyvale, CA
Event Date: Mar 6, 2010
Hired As: Jazz Pianist, Pianist

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 30 - 300 minutes
  • Fee: Typically $175 - 450 depending on details
  • Languages: English
  • Unions: None

Overview

Total relaxation and rejuvenation as one listens to the sound of a jazz combo, playing standards, jazz and pop as instrumental background music.

Or... nothing, it's background music and designed to not get too much in the way.

Additional Booking Notes

Lee Allen will plan to arrive approximately one hour prior to event start for setup.

Minimum setup area is 8' wide by 6' front-to-rear.

I require only one outlet and my equipment draws less current than a steam iron.

For outside events, my equipment requires a rigid surface (such as concrete, stone, blacktop, wood decking) and a grounded outlet with GFCI.

Corporate events: Lee Allen has W9 available in PDF format.

Past Booked Events

12/31/10 My current calendar is at www.Lee-Allen-Pianist.com

Lee Allen - Pianist

Memphis, Tennessee. MIT. Carolina Piedmont. Silicon Valley. Blues in Mississippi. Taiko in Kyoto. Lee is on a quest, and it shows in his music.

The quest? To go beyond diversity and variety. Learning how we each are different is just a start; Lee is exploring how we are the same. And it shows in his music.

The goal? Bring out the best of every music. "The most important quality of a good arranger is insight", says Allen. "You've got to size up the song as though it were a person - it actually is somebody's baby, you know." Bring out the key strengths of the song, apply insight, look at the song a new way - the result is an arrangement that speaks directly to the listener's heart.

Insight, in this case, has been gained from a varied playing history that started when Lee began playing Memphis nightclubs at the age of 14 (don't tell!) in the late 60's. Lee later helped introduce a gospel choir to the MIT campus (and also held the pianist slot in the university's A-list jazz band for four years), arranged for pop and contemporary Christian singers during the '70's and '80's, and organized music programs in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Silicon Valley, California.

One summer job during college consisted of organizing friends into a band and touring Mississippi with soul legends Ollie Nightingale and an artist known only as "Big Daddy". Twenty days after the end of the tour, Lee was back in Boston, playing under the direction of Herb Pomeroy of the Berklee School of Music.

Lee does not use any high-minded labels for his work. "It's just pop," Lee says. "But I believe that pop music is very important because it is the prime indicator of where the general population stands musically at any given time."

"Music is a language of feelings and emotions. So, when I arrange or compose, I imagine "the listener" saying 'I am opening a door to my feelings, don't abuse my trust'. I understand that everybody likes a wild ride now and then, but I leave that music for others to make."

Lee seeks the themes that unify us and inspire us, that build us up. And it shows in his music.

The team providing the talent:

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Acoustic & Electric Bass

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Drums

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Guitar

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Electric Piano / Synthesizer

Testimonials

"(Lee) Allen is a wonderful entertainer. His music was very relaxing and mellow at our vineyard blessing. He was great to work with. I would definitely hire him again."

– CR, 10/04/2008, Vineyard Blessing, Morgan Hill, CA

"Lee was on time, had everything set up and ready to go and did a great job of entertaining our guests. We were very pleased with his services and his professional courtesies".

– SB, 12/20/2006, Corporate Function, Sunnyvale, CA

"Excellent"

– EW, 2/15/2006, Corporate Function, Sacramento, CA

"He was great!"

– JA, 7/14/2007, Private Party, Hayward, CA

"Fantastic! I was planning an event from across the country, and Lee was so helpful with everything. His performance was wonderful, and I had people coming up to me throughout the night telling me how much they were enjoying his music. I highly recommend Lee to anyone, and hope that one day in the future I may be able to work with him again!"

– KS, 4/10/2008, Convention, San Francisco, CA

"We were very pleased with Mr. Allen. He arrived early, was well prepared, and entertained our guests for five hours on a very warm day. The Foothill Club was air-conditioned, but the stage, where he performed using the club's Steinway piano, was still quite warm. We received many compliments on his performance, and several people said he was "a real trooper", since they knew he kept playing even though at times it was uncomfortably warm on stage. If the occasion arises, we will certainly ask him to entertain for us again."

– FT, 5/17/2008, Anniversary, Saratoga, CA

"Mr. Lee Allen is a true professional. My Christmas Party was a wonderful success! Everyone of my guests truly enjoyed the musical talents of Mr. Allen. I would recommend him to any of my friends. Thank you very much."

– LR, 12/16/2006, Private Party, San Francisco, CA

"I was extremely pleased with Lee Allen's performance at our company Winter Party. His background music was perfect for our event and I couldn't have asked for anything more. He also accomodated a request for a hand microphone for our door prize give away without blinking an eye. Thank you, Lee!!"

– DE, 1/19/2007, Corporate Function, San Jose, CA

"It was lovely to hear Lee's fine talent on our piano. He provided wonderful light background jazz for our dinner party. Much appreciated."

– MD, 10/6/2007, Private Party, San Rafael, CA

"(Lee Allen) was very professional, got back to me right away via email, the same day... His music at the party was so fantastic and professional, I thought I was at an upscale restaurant and we had the party outdoors in the backyard and his music made my whole party come together...He was great!"

– LG, 10/25/2008, Birthday Party, Belvedere, CA

"Very Professional and offered good suggestions with the (sound) level when it came to the crowd! I appreciated that tremendously."

– TC, 10/28/2008, Bank Grand Opening, Oakland, CA

"Lee was great. I will definitely hire him again, as well as recommend him to friends."

– PS, 8/2/2008, Birthday Party, Los Altos, CA

"it was great, the music was for the background to the dinner and activities and (Lee Allen) was able to do that. thanks."

– TF, 12/1/2007, Corporate Function, Granite Bay, CA

"Lee Allen is a fantastic entertainer. My guests are still talking about how much they enjoyed the background music he performed at my Holiday Dessert Party. Lee arrived well in advance to set up and to make sure he was ready upon the arrival of my first guest. Lee is very talented which was reflected in the variety of music he plays. I highly recommend Lee, I promise you will not be disappointed!"

– LW, 12/29/2007, Private Party, San Leandro, CA

"We extend our appreciation to Lee Allen for an exceptional performance. He performed for both of our parent's 80th milestone birthdays. In both events he arrived on time and accommodated us with appropriate songs of our parent's era. Looking forward to hiring him for more events in the future. Thanks, again...you made our day more memorable."

– R, 9/21/2008, Private Party, San Jose, CA

"I was very satisfied with his overall playing ability as well as he was in character for our party. He played songs in the era which the party was taken place in. He was very professional and really listened to the guests. I strongly recommend Lee for your next event, he was great."

– DD, 12/13/2008, Private Party, San Jose, CA

"Lee Allen arrived early to set up and to make sure that all was ready for the start of my party. He was very professional, kind and extremely talented. By far he is the best performer I have ever hired. I thank him for making my party such a success!"

– IW, 12/6/2008, Christmas Party, Oakland, CA

Set List

Set list varies by engagement, and is subject to revision in real time depending on the situation.

Influences & Inspiration

--- These are style influences, not necessarily their tunes ---

Booker T and the MG's
Boston Pops (Arthur Fiedler)
John Williams
Ramsey Lewis
Ahmad Jamal
Herbie Hancock
Chick Corea

Setup Requirements

Floor Area 8' wide by 6' front-to-rear

For outside events, a rigid surface (such as concrete, stone, blacktop, wood decking)

One working standard electrical outlet (for outside venues, GFCI outlet)

Services