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Chicago's Best Kept Secret/Boise Queen

Chicago's Best Kept Secret/Boise Queen

5 reviews
Chicago's Best Kept Secret/Boise Queen
4.92/5 stars – based on 5 reviews

Why book Chicago's Best Kept Secret/Boise Queen?

"Unless one dares to be different...artistic expression can make a difference"
Boise's music chooses its listeners that will enjoy experiencing artistic expression vs listening to just another "good" pianist.
After all; isn't that what matters the most?
Music that reaches the heart and not just the ear are the kinds of people that hire Boise Queen. Its the music they came to experience..not just listening to someone playing it! Its performance vs playing!
A pianist dedicated to changing minds by changing the heart.One note at a time!
Visit: http://soundcloud.com/boise-queen ( classical )
Songs: Click set list at https://www.gigsalad.com/chicagos_best_kept_secret_piano

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Pianist in Oak Park, IL
Your guests will really love the piano music of Boise Queen! He has a great sound that will entertain everyone at any event, and you will be happy that you hired him.

Just a note: Gig Salad requires that he be paid in cash or certified funds in advance of performing, so if you are coming from somewhere else first (such as from a church to a reception) make sure that you have someone who can be at the venue before he is scheduled to play.
Wedding Cocktail Hour in Evanston, IL
5 / 5 stars
Verified Review

Hiring Boise Queen Will Be a Good Choice

Your guests will really love the piano music of Boise Queen! He has a great sound that will entertain everyone at any event, and you will be happy that you hired him.

Just a note: Gig Salad requires that he be paid in cash or certified funds in advance of performing, so if you are coming from somewhere else first (such as from a church to a reception) make sure that you have someone who can be at the venue before he is scheduled to play.

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Reviewer: Nancy B.
Organization: Private
Event: Wedding Cocktail Hour in Evanston, IL
Event Date: Oct 25, 2014
Hired As: Jazz Pianist

Response from Chicago's Best Kept Secret/Boise Queen:

Thank you ever so much Nancy! I had fun myself while playing for your event. I enjoyed your warm hospitality in my working with you on such a memorable occasion. Enjoy those thank you gift CD's ; I trust they'll serve you and your family many hours of
personal listening enjoyment.
Thanx once again

Boise Bernard Queen

Pianist in Oak Park, IL
The comments from our guests were very positive. Mr. Queen was thorough in his approach from hearing our desires, establishing a contract and following thought with an excellent performance. He worked well in the venue and made adjustments to accommodate the changes that were made to facilitate the timeliness of the program. We recommend him highly. His repetoir is extensive and his skills are amazing.
Wedding Reception in Oak Park, IL
4.6 / 5 stars
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Mr. Queen delivered what we asked for and what he promised.

The comments from our guests were very positive. Mr. Queen was thorough in his approach from hearing our desires, establishing a contract and following thought with an excellent performance. He worked well in the venue and made adjustments to accommodate the changes that were made to facilitate the timeliness of the program. We recommend him highly. His repetoir is extensive and his skills are amazing.

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Reviewer: Donald &. E. D. R.
Event: Wedding Reception in Oak Park, IL
Event Date: Aug 31, 2013
Hired As: Pianist

Response from Chicago's Best Kept Secret/Boise Queen:

It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to work with Rev. Donald and Dolores Register.
I've never experienced a more gracious client/host for such a memorable and beautiful event.
An enormous thank you for acquiring my services and for your thoughtful review.

Pianist in Oak Park, IL
We were fortunate enough to have the very talented Boise Queen provide the music for a small family wedding. He was perfect! He made our wedding romantic and fun. Our guests loved him! He is a pleasure to work with.
Wedding Reception in Chicago, IL
5 / 5 stars

The perfect event...

We were fortunate enough to have the very talented Boise Queen provide the music for a small family wedding. He was perfect! He made our wedding romantic and fun. Our guests loved him! He is a pleasure to work with.

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Reviewer: Beverly A.
Event: Wedding Reception in Chicago, IL
Event Date: Nov 3, 2012
Hired As: Jazz Pianist

Response from Chicago's Best Kept Secret/Boise Queen:

Thank you so much Beverly!
I know I had a lot of fun playing for you, your husband and invited guests.
Both you and your husband were superb and gracious hosts
The food was absolutely tasty!
Would love to play for both of you again someday.
I wish both you and your family all the best.

Pianist in Oak Park, IL
Boise is terrific!
Birthday Party in Oak Park, IL
5 / 5 stars

Review by Desi V.

Boise is terrific!

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Reviewer: Desi V.
Organization: Oak Park Arms Retirement Community
Event: Birthday Party in Oak Park, IL
Event Date: Jul 29, 2010
Hired As: Pianist

Response from Chicago's Best Kept Secret/Boise Queen:

Thank you very much Desi for providing me with the opportunity to perform for such a warm,gracious and appreciative audience. I know I had a lot of fun doing it and everybody including your staff was just super! Thanx again!

Pianist in Oak Park, IL
When I was invited to hear this artist, I was told that I was in for a treat. I must admit that I prepared myself for the usual or at best an "above average" presentation, but I must say that I was completely blown away by this gifted pianist.
The film soundtracks and Jazz standards were definitely a combination that both tickled the ears and touched the heart.
I am planning to ask Mr. Queen to perform at a celebration for a senior loved one in my own family. I would recommend his graceful and tender musical renderings to anyone who wants quality and a personal touch for their personal or business events.
House Party in Oak Park, IL
5 / 5 stars

Review by Ms Z. L. S.

When I was invited to hear this artist, I was told that I was in for a treat. I must admit that I prepared myself for the usual or at best an "above average" presentation, but I must say that I was completely blown away by this gifted pianist.
The film soundtracks and Jazz standards were definitely a combination that both tickled the ears and touched the heart.
I am planning to ask Mr. Queen to perform at a celebration for a senior loved one in my own family. I would recommend his graceful and tender musical renderings to anyone who wants quality and a personal touch for their personal or business events.

Overall
Reviewer: Ms Z. L. S.
Event: House Party in Oak Park, IL
Event Date: May 26, 2010

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 60 - 180 minutes
  • Fee: $225
  • Languages: English
  • Unions: AFM

Overview

All performance's are always tailored to the ambiance of the event social environment. Boise's piano playing is high level class entertainment suited to the perfection's of both the listening and conversation audience. ( Please note that although the performance style and quality of the solo piano audio samples presented on this page by Boise Queen are representative of his best skill at the piano the playing temperament in an event setting may change in order to accomodate the listening preference of his audience) Its for this reason why Boise prefers to perform on an acoustic piano; preferably a grand piano in order to better achieve controlling the right balance between tone and acoustic response, without sacrifice to his particular style of playing.

Boise is a master at improvisation.
His innovative approach to his improvisation ability becomes especially apparent regarding many of his classical adaptations to broadway and pop hits of the 50’s and 60’s. Particularly applicable in this regard is what he has accomplished pertaining to his own classical formatted original works. A fitting example is his “Rhapsody for Classic Film”
A typical audience can expect to see and hear Boise aptly apply
improvised lyrical phrasing to many of the jazz standard works that he performs.
Using syncopated rhythm patterns along with specialized tonal voicing; Boise presents
a very classy and interesting dramatic appeal to the listener.
Song requests are taken on a frequent basis.

Additional Booking Notes

Its extremely important for clientele that have an interest in hiring Boise's performance to make sure that an acoustic grand or console piano freshly tuned is available at the event site. Boise does not present solo piano performances of the type and quality presented in his audio samples using a standalone portable keyboard.
Boise Queen is primarily interested in receiving bookings from
clientele that would think well enough of his performance, enough
to want to secure booking him at upcoming venues that assures that
a first rate quality piano would be available; so their guests would not
be deprived of an enjoyable opportunity to experience the difference;
between pianists just playing a song and one that performs one.
Boise doesn't merely play a song or a piece of music; he performs it!

Bio

Jazz & Classical-contemporary piano audio performances available on
www.soundcloud.com/boise-queen a prerecording rehearsal session of his Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor"Windows to the World" can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/--Y3TfuI4GE (Click paste link in your browser)
All other video and audio can be seen or heard at:
http://sites.google.com/site/pnoqworks/
DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE..EXPERIENCE THE PASSION: by a gifted contemporary-classical composer pianist that can perform jazz & pop standards of the 40's thru 80's; as well as semi-classical works for clientele who expect to see and hear a performance that sounds like a ticket attraction to New York's Carnegie Hall.
Heavily influenced by such legends at the piano as McCoy Tyner,regarding contemporary jazz and Sergei Rachmaninoff of the late romantic/classical music period; Boise Queen has managed to incorporate the techniques of these two piano giants into his own self-styled rhythm and phrasing that leaves most audiences in awe when applied to works by Duke Ellington, Sammy Kahn or to songs often sung by Frank Sinatra, Nat (King) Cole or Debbie Reynolds.
When Boise Queen is not performing; much of his time is spent "composing some of the most searingly beautiful works for both solo piano; as well as piano works with orchestral accompaniment. His most recent published release "Rhapsody for Classic Film" followed by his Piano Concerto for classical-contemporary orchestra (Windows to the World); have been well received.
His improvisational playing style and arrangement of both contemporary and classical genre
have been known to exhibit a kind of “therapeutic” effect upon the listening audience.
However, Boise is able to masterfully apply what is obviously a “gift” to actually augment the central focus of an event rather than the audience becoming overwhelmed by his performance abilities.
Mr.Queen is currently sharing his gift with clientele that view his gigsalad page by offering one of two new CD album releases for ...FREE
at no cost. Just use the contact info on his site to get in touch with him in making a request for it.

Boise is one of a few pianists that can perform both classical and jazz interchangeably on a virtuoso quality scale. Boise's solo piano performance style is clean,polished and most of all "natural".Stated in a recent press release interview of the Wednesday Journal:"I'm confident about what my music has to offer. I feel that people should want to hire you for the way you sound and what is music without it? They can't hear a degree or an award but they can hear the music and what it does for the soul of an individual. Music is an artform meant to be heard to be believed,appreciated and supported." Boise's performance does what its supposed to do for the listener,free of any gimmicks or props. His performance sells itself!

Boise Queen is available to perform piano entertainment for all of your event requirements. A well maintained freshly tuned acoustic grand piano is required for all solo piano performances. Because of his performance style and format, a standalone portable keyboard is never used except to accompany an acoustic grand piano with pre-programmable rhythm tracks if dancing is required or to accompany members of a duo featuring a singer/vocalist or members of a live trio.

Past Booked Events

08/08/15 Menards Inc. 3215 W. North Ave. Melrose Park,IL (11am-2pm)
02/20/15 Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library Chicago,IL 12:00noon
10/25/14 Sheraton Towers,Chicago 9pm-12am
10/25/14 Crystal Ballroom Evanston,IL. 5pm-7pm
09/28/14 Flossmoor Country Club
06/01/13 Family Piano "Joplin's Java & Ragtime Cafe, Waukegan IL.
11/03/12 Old Town "Bed & Breakfast Guest House: 1442 N North Park Ave.Chicago,IL 5pm to 9pm "Dinner Party"
10/24/12 Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene,1000 N Entrance Ave. Kankakee,IL. 11:30am-12:30pm "Tribute to Seniors"
09/10/12 Recording session 9/10/12 thru 9/17/12 Chicago,IL.
08/17/12 Barrington,IL. Pvt. Home Dinner/reception wine tasting 5:30 pm til 10:30 pm
06/17/12 Chicago,IL. Pvt residence (Fathers Day Party)
06/02/12 Brooklyn Center Mn. Properties Open House Dinner reception celebrations 6/2 thru 6/4/12
03/10/12 Chicago,IL.
03/08/12 Alumni Dinner /Reception: Univ.of Wisconsin,Madison,WI
03/07/12 Private Dinner/wedding reception,Milwaukee,WI
12/17/11 Bloomington,IL. X-MAS Party Pvt. Residence 5:30pm-until
12/11/11 Evanston IL. X-mas Party Pvt Residence, Sheridan Road 5pm-11pm
11/19/11 Dandelion Art Galleries, Waukegan,IL Piano performance reception area
10/15/11 Reception sponsored by "Family Piano" at the Dandelion Art Galleries in Waukegan,IL.

The team providing the talent:

Ms. Maja Rios

Jazz & pop ballad vocalist

Set List

CURRENT SONG LIST
Please note (*) asterisk indicates that this song is not regularly played. That it was prepared by special
request by a previous client and was played by the number of times indicated in parenthesis( )

Laura
Embraceable You
Our Love is Here to Stay
Blue Moon
Misty
Blue Moon
Misty
As Time Goes By
Send in the Clowns
Somewhere (There's a Place for Us)
Stormy Weather

Summertime
My Favorite Things
The Girl From Ipanema
Willow Weep for Me
The Way You Look Tonight
I'll Be Seeing You
Memory
Night and Day
My Funny Valentine
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life
Unforgettable

Send in the Clowns
Stormy Send Weather
Summertime
My Favorite Things
They Can't Take That Away from Me
Smile
Moon River
Once I had a secret Love
Speak Low
But not for me
Where there’s Music
Satin Doll
Old Devil Moon
It was a very Good Year
Lush Life
Bubbles,Spangles & Beads
Since I don’t have you
Wave
Green Dolphin Street
The Very thought of you
Tenderly
You Made Me Leave My Happy Home
Alfie
The Way We Were
Niama
It Had to be You
The Look of Love
There’ll Never be Aniother You
That’s All
Strangers in The Night
My Way
Love is A Many Splendored Thing
When I Fall In Love
I Only Have Eyes For You
This Masquerade
The Shadow of Your Smile
More
Smile
I Get a Kick outta You
Blue Skies
Fly me to the Moon **(2)
Georgia
You Make Me Feel So Young
Lets Fall In Love *(1)

Influences & Inspiration

In the jazz genre Boise Queen has always been highly influenced by jazz pianist McCoy Tyner,Ahmad Jamal,Oscar Peterson and Yanni . In the classical genre he has been strongly motivated by such composer pianists as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Ferrante and Teicher out of the 1960's and 70's era; as well as pianists such as Leonard Pennario,Andre Watts as well as the late great Vladimir Horowitz. and of course, Leonard Bernstein. Much of this influence is due primarily to early exposure to classical music since the age of 10. Boise has been playing the piano since the age of six and is 100% plus ear trained in music. Boise received a formal music education through the "Chicago School of Music" and then on to the Chicago Conservatory during which time he became acquainted with classical
pianist Jane Dix of Cicero,IL. He started taking instructions under her guidance that lasted from 1965 until 1973. Boise often recalls her progressive methods in bringing out the creativity in the students she had. He recalls: "You would be playing through a piece of manuscript and then suddenly...without warning she would take the manuscript away from in front of you and demanded that you "keep playing" do not stop! " When asked early on of this practice as to why she would do that; her explanation was quite simply " I want to hear your spontaneity in implementing your creative abilities to a piece of music that began as totally "unfamiliar" to you. Years later after her death in 1983 that practice paid off in Boise being able to sit down at a piano and aptly apply arrangement to almost any piece of music even simultaneous to learning to play it.

Setup Requirements

A freshly tuned-well maintained acoustic baby grand piano

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