Hello! I'm a pianist who plays all styles. I compose originals too, which I think you'd love. My chief areas are jazz, blues and classical. I sight read, and am also great at improvisation.
I have my own electronic piano and amplifier, and also love playing on acoustic pianos, especially grand pianos. I would like to perform for you in whatever setting you choose, except for formal dance venues.
I can play as background or as featured artist. I've done weddings. I've been a professional performer for several decades. My jazz quartet, "Equinox," performed at major clubs, backing some big names and comedians. Recently I've played at numerous Denver jazz clubs.
Price Range: $50 per set, 4 sets standard
Gig Length: 45 - 240 minutes
Languages: English, French, Spanish
What to Expect
I can play anything on the piano asked of me, jazz, blues or classical. I play 250 jazz standards, and enjoy taking 60's rock songs and playing them in a jazz and blues style. I can also surprise and delight with my originals, which have jazz influences such as Brubeck, 60's rock influences like Cat Stevens, and classical influences like Chopin. I enjoy sharing the passion of my music, especially when my audience is in sync with my emotions.
Although I’m a native Denverite, and have been on the jazz scene for a long time, I’ve had to limit my performances while raising two children and finishing my master’s degree in Literature and Language. During this period, however, I’ve continued composing. My music defies classification, but has strong elements of jazz, blues and classical music. The Jazz Messengers and Dave Brubeck have listened to my songs, and written favorable and encouraging letters to me. Besides my own album, I’ve recorded on other musician’s albums. A song, “Warrior Sunrise,” that I wrote for Eric Hererra, is on his album, "Reflections: A New Life" (see (link hidden)). Darren Skanson, a local guitarist, also put a recording of me playing “Ashokan Farewell” on his album, Acoustatherapy. I also performed in groups for many years, too, starting with the Greg Reineke Rock & Roll Band, which played at the Robin's Nest on Lookout Mountain. My own group, the Blue Jazzmen, played at the Denver Folklore Center and the Green Onion. After members of this group disbanded to go to college I came back to Denver and played with numerous other groups, including Frank Wexler's Cancin, My last group was the Equinox Quartet, which was quite successful. Highlights include a 10-week gig in the Playboy Club Penthouse in the Radisson Hotel, opposite Billy Tolls and Yesternow, backing the jazz group Chase, as well as comedians such as Jay Leno, Tom Melody, Willie Tyler and Lester, and becoming acquainted with other celebrities such as Rosie Grier and Woody Allen. Equinox also backed Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids at the Vail Village Inn Ski Resort, to a rave review. Unfortunately this group disbanded in 1986, since all members had academic ambitions. My last gig was last summer at the Wolf Rock Restaurant in Keystone. I’ve also performed at El Chapultepec, Dazzle Jazz, Paris on the Platte and Sullivan’s Steakhouse.
Additional Booking Notes
I prefer playing on grand pianos, especially concert grands. I prefer low lights, to create a little mystery and get my audience in a meditative mood.
A few of my standard sets: I: "My Favorite Things," "Nocturne" (my original), "Nature Boy," "The Girl from Ipanema," "Ain't Misbehavin' ."
II: "Misty," "Mercy Mercy Mercy," "All Blues," "Norwegian Woods," "Moon Dance." III: "Velvet Escape (my original)," "Willow Weep for Me," "Bluette (Brubeck)," "Ashokan Farewell," "Besame Mucho." IV: "Equinox (Coltraine)," "The World is a Ghetto," "Bouree (Bach in jazz style)," "Yesterday," "California Dreamin'." V: "Watermelon Man," "Papagayo (my original)," "My Funny Valentine," "Light My Fire," "A Time for Us."
Influences & Inspiration
The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Thelonius Monk, Les McCann, George Gershwin, Billy Cobham, The Almond Brothers' Blues Band, Ray Charles, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Traffic, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens, Judy Collins, Leonard Bernstein, Van Clyburn, and imagined performances of Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart.
None needed. Grand piano wanted.
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