Award-winning Jazz Pianist who plays with passion, whether a high energy sing along or jazz song or a beautiful love song ballad. Specializes in standards, musicals and other popular genres from 1940s forward. Based in Hollywood/West Hollywood, California, travels throughout Southern California to play for private events, parties, weddings, memorial services. Music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, Peter, Paul and Mary, Carol King, James Taylor, Ella Fitzgerald, holiday music plus a vast repertoire from religious spiritual traditions and original compositions. JD's love for music shines through every note he plays.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 360 minutes
What to Expect
1) show up either in a tuxedo or casually elegant attire, based on the client's preference
2) arrive 30 minutes prior to starting time, or earlier, if set up or group warming up a factor
3) will discus musical preferences, song requests, etc. with client in advance
4) will be friendly, warm and approachable at all times during performance
5) as a seasoned pianist, will adjust his own sound (and the band's, if present) to please
and embellish the ambiance and flow of the crowd. For example, during dinner music,
playing softly enough to not hinder dinner conversation, for more upbeat playing, always
monitoring the room, the people, seeking the best tempos, song titles, genres, etc, to
gracefully lift hearts and spirits up, throughout the time of the event.
JD Sebastian is originally from Springfield, Ohio, where as a high school student, JD won the Ohio statewide Jazz performers championship. After studying music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, JD's career would include traveling as a jazz pianist, in jazz bands and big bands and trios, and the music ministry, composing hundreds of contemporary Christian worship songs. He has gigged from the west coast to Palm Springs in the Southern California area, private parties, weddings, bar mitzvahs, and memorial services, from outdoor events (such as weddings at beaches and forests) JD brings his own remote power, keyboards and PA system. Music is a consistent passion, joy and expression of love and community for JD, at all times, in all groups, on all occasions.
Additional Booking Notes
JD will play on the piano at the venue where hired, whether it is rented or the resident piano for that facilities. If no piano or rented piano is provided, JD (with advanced agreement and small additional fee) will provide his own electronic keyboard, either his Yamaha Motif ES, Roland FP 3 (88 key professional instruments). When added sounds such as drums, brass, strings, organs, etc are desired to embellish JD's one person performance, he brings along his preferred entertainment extra keyboard, the Yamaha PSR-530.
JD has two levels of portable sound he provides for his music, a smaller Bose speaker sound (visually non-obtrusive, ideal for venues like private house parties), or two powered Studio Speakers (18"x26") on stands. And in some events, both systems are necessary to distribute the sound, for instance, to another room or outside to the garden. In either case, JD brings a small mixing board with a microphone, which can be used by singers, for announcements and toasts, etc.
Quiet Portable Power is something JD is ready to provide, converting a 12 volt battery into household current for running his keyboard, amplifying his guitar (when called for), for singing and for officiating, announcements, etc.
Selections from Broadway Musicals: the music of Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein (like West Side Story), Andrew Lloyd Webber (such as Phantom of the Opera, Cats), Cole Porter, Lerner & Lowe, on and on and on..
Most of the songs sang by Frank Sintara, Barbara Streisand, and many of the songs written and performed by Elton John, the Beatles, James Taylor, Neil Diamond, Carol King, etc.
Love Songs and Ballads, such as The Wind Beneath My Wings, Stardust, I Love You, Stella by Starlight, My Heart Will Go On, Misty, Unforgettable
Singalong standards, such as That's Amore, Theme from New York, New York, You Are My Sunshine, Piano Man, You've Gotta Friend, and many, many more.
Influences & Inspiration
Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Oscar Peterson, Peter Nero, George Shearing, Bill Evans, Frank SInatra, Ella Fitzgerald, The Beatles, Motown, Blues, Ragtime, Jazz, the Big Band era of the 30s & 40s, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington.
Electricity (if playing an electronic keyboard or using amplification)
For outdoor events, protection from sun (except in the evening) and from rain (a rarity, though, in Southern California)
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