Cheri is your "go-to" pianist for any type of gig. Jazz, classical, pop, soft rock, show tunes, big band, any decade to make your class reunion a night to be remembered. She also works as an accompanist and has a bassist and drummer available if needed. Cheri has performed at the Pre-Muny Bandfest, The Botanical Gardens, KMOX and KTRS events, MDA events, Mary Ryder benefits, private dinner parties, weddings, receptions, corporate events, Oscar parties, Christmas parties, Sing-a-longs, any location where live music is needed. Experienced, always professional and dependable. Live piano music? Call Cheri LaRue. She'll tailor the music to meet your needs. References available upon request.
Cheri was great to work with. She made sure she new exactly what we wanted and made great suggestions. She played beautifully, and our guests had a wonderful time.
Response from Cheri LaRue:
Thank you, Sally. A party is the people hosting and the people attending. This is an extremely FUN group. Beautiful, tuned piano to play. Lots of preparation to insure a wonderful event. Happy Holidays!
Cheri arrived on time and was very professional. Cheri was really great for our party and helped to get things off the ground! Cheri's skills as a pianist are excellent and she accommodated me as much as possible. Although she is not a vocalist, she helped to get my guests engaged in some sing-a-longs, which is really what I was looking for when I searched Gigsalad for entertainment. She was able to play and sing a large variety of songs, and fulfill my guests song requests. I would recommend her for an event. She did a great job.
Cheri as played for numerous funerals for me. Always professional, talented and entertaining. And you couldn't ask for a sweeter personality. I have also attended performances of hers at other venues and have always been impressed.
We had Cheri play for our wedding, the performance was beautiful! She also played with our soloist, and they complimented each other fabulously! I wouldn't have any other pianist perform at anything of mine! Not only can can she play anything you can imagine, but her personality is also beautiful! When you pick Cheri to play at your event you will be left with a beautiful memory that will last forever!
Cheri's holiday flair was the perfect touch to our annual Christmas event in our home!!
What to Expect
An audience member or client can expect total satisfaction and total interaction, favorites and requests. Since solo piano gigs are normally done in a manner that makes the musician approachable, I scan the crowd, bearing in mind the ages of the individuals and play to them specifically. If an audience member comments on a Cole Porter or Scott Joplin piece, a few more of those will be thrown in. At a private party, if someone wants to "sing-a-long", we make it happen. Once again, total satisfaction leading to repeat performances. And, if your needs are very specific, just inform me. You are the client. Your wishes and needs are uppermost.
♫ Started playing piano with private instruction at age 5 and playing professionally at age 12. Began teaching at age 14. Classically trained. Strong background in Jazz, Pop, Classical, Show Tunes, Standards, all genres, lots of variety including Sing-a-longs. Jazz background in High School as part of an award-winning Jazz Band that performed with such artists as Clark Terry and the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Educated at Lindenwood University. ♫ Music tailored specifically to your event. For example, a Class Reunion. Research will be done as to what songs were popular during the five or six years surrounding the graduation year. Upscale Retirement Centers will love the Big Band Music and Standards of the 1930-1950 decades. ♫ Event planner can expect as much involvement as needed. Or, the planner may want some one who "gets it" and will take the gig and run with it. Comfortable in either situation. ♫ Bassist and Drummer available if needed. ♫ Always on time and reliable. ♫ Minimal break time. ♫ Reasonably priced. ♫ Multiple references available upon request. ♫ Keyboard available if needed.
Additional Booking Notes
Tuned piano. If keyboard is required, two electrical outlets.
Past Booked Events
|August 23, 2019 • 7:30am - 9:00am||Graduation|
|December 07, 2018 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|October 28, 2016 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Retirement Party|
I have multiple set lists. Too numerous to mention the entire catalog. The genres are Jazz, Pop, Rock, Standards, Big Band, Classical, Show Tunes, Wedding Music, Children's Music, Contemporary Christian/Gospel. If what is needed isn't covered here, contact me and we'll get it covered.
|Cheri LaRue or Cheri LaRue Trio||Solo Pianist or Lead Musician|
Influences & Inspiration
♫ When every genre is used and played, the influences are many and varied. Everything from Current Pop to Diana Krall to Dave Brubeck to the Beatles to Vladamir Horowitz to Norah Jones. The sentence "music is my life" truly applies here. I literally cannot remember when it wasn't. ♫
Tuned piano or two Electrical Outlets