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About Booking Jazz Pianists
Jazz pianists can add elegance, flair, and fun to any cocktail hour, formal party, wedding, or any other special occasion. They can play jazz music as background to your event or as a center-stage performance playing all the jazz standards. While they often play solo, you can also hire a jazz pianist to accompany a jazz ensemble or singer.
There are a few things you should consider when hiring a jazz pianist. First, make sure that your venue can provide or you have a way of providing a grand piano or upright piano because jazz pianists will very rarely be able to bring their own. They may be able to bring a keyboard, so if that is okay with you, it shouldn't be a problem. Just make sure to work it out in advance. As you begin searching, listen to audio and watch video samples. You want to be sure you are satisfied with the sound and look of the performer before you book him/her. Next, get references and read reviews. Talk to people in the area who have seen the performer and/or have booked them in the past. Feedback is the best way to ensure you book what you want. Last, always get a contract. Read the contract carefully and work out any details in regards to deposit requirements, length of performance, scheduled breaks, attire, travel, and lodging. Watch for specifications made by the performer and be sure you can meet them.