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Jim Loftus - Pianist - Vocalist - Organist

Jim Loftus - Pianist - Vocalist - Organist

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About Jim Loftus - Pianist - Vocalist - Organist

PIANIST/VOCALIST & KEYBOARDIST/GUITARIST ("one-man-band") JIM LOFTUS has opened for SHAW-BLADES (Tommy Shaw (STYX)& Jack Blades (NIGHT RANGER); also REGIS PHILBIN & TODD RUNDGREN, played tribute dinners for JULIE ANDREWS, MILTON BERLE, DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS,JR-- AND IS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR FUNCTION! Also a member of Screen Actors Guild, Jim was "Church Organist" for the wedding ceremony scene in the Disney film "CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC" released Feb. 2009; also cocktail pianist in CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame film "Loving Leah" Jan. 2009. Jim is an exceptional musician/singer who has played public and private venues in NYC, Lehigh Valley, PA, Philadelphia & suburbs, and New Jersey since 1986.

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Verified Review

Amazing night!!!

By William L. on October 16, 2016

Jim is a great pianist with an amazing variety of songs he can sing He is definitely a crowdpleaser no one left unhappy i'm positive we will be hiring Jim many more times!

Hired as: Singing Pianist
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Couples Shower

By Debbie I. on October 6, 2015

Jim did a great job. He arrived early to set up. He was professional and very talented . Everyone enjoyed his music and singing. I would highly recommend him for a party.

Hired as: 1970s Era Entertainment, Pianist

Booking Info

  • Fee: $250-$3,000
  • Unions: SAG, SAG/AFTRA

Bio

A native of the Logan/Olney section of Philadelphia(near LaSalle University), Jim resided in Green Lane, PA since the '70's, moving 5 years ago to Catasauqua PA. Gifted with a great ear for music, he took piano lessons for seven years from age 6 to 13--yet plays by ear primarily. He was in his first rock band at age 15, played several lead roles in high schools plays and musicals(Nathan Detroit in "Guys & Dolls", Henry Drummond in "Inherit the Wind" and Jesus in Stephen Schwartz' "Godspell"). After two years as a Theatre & Speech major at what is now known as DeSales University, Jim was hired at WAEB radio in Allentown at age 20 to do news/weather reports in 1981. After 5 months there he did a one-year stint as disc jockey for rock station WZZO(Z-95), then headquartered in Bethlehem PA(met Joan Jett twice, Ozzy Osbourne, Kansas, Mike Reno of Loverboy, ZZTop, Johnny Van Zant Band). The band "Vagabond" then tapped him as their keyboardist for a year in 1983 and they played the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey extensively, opening once for the Hooters. From 1984 to 1987 Jim did 5 major productions for Richard Akins Productions as an actor--playing Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar", Magaldi in "EVITA" and more. In 1986 Jim began his foray into the piano/bar/restaurant world which he continues to this present day. And now some highlights:
JIM LOFTUS HAS OPENED FOR REGIS PHILBIN(State Theatre in Easton,PA--Jan.1992);written an original rock opera musical "GHOSTS ON BROADWAY" which played NYC's John Houseman Theatre in May 1995(attended by Grammy and Oscar-award winning composer STEPHEN SCHWARTZ. [Jim is currently working on bringing the show back to NYC in a bigger production]; he played tribute dinner functions at the Plaza Hotel,NYC for the late ROSETTA LeNOIRE and DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS,JR.(April 1996),also the late MILTON BERLE(Oct.1996--Waldorf-Astoria Hotel)and JULIE ANDREWS(Feb.1997--21 Club); Jim and his trio THREE TOGETHER opened for TODD RUNDGREN at Crocodile Rock,Allentown, PA(Oct.2001). He's done TV and film extra work in Philadelphia and NYC. The CBS show "HACK"(5 episodes) earned him his SAG card in 2003(now "SAG/AFTRA"). Jim has worked on 15 episodes of "Law & Order:SVU"--his first one as featured jury member in "Strain"(Oct.2005) being his most featured.
Jim released an original 14 track CD in Sept.2000 entitled "THE FAME GAME" available digitally on CDBaby, iTunes and can be heard on Spotify, YouTube and more.
Jim currently works with a trio "VINYL PERSUASION" which features 3 part harmony classic pop/rock gems from the '60's/'70's/early '80's--the "vinyl record era" and can be found on Facebook. He also plays with "The '60's Boy's"(formerly "The Mudflaps" for a few decades)doing late '50's/'60's/early '70's classic pop rock gems, sometimes with a 4 piece horn section--playing mostly festivals and grand events. And of course Jim does a great deal of solo work as a pianist/vocalist/keyboardist AND organist for public and private events including senior residences/country clubs/wedding ceremonies and receptions/cocktail hours/restaurants and certainly house parties.

RECENT REVIEWS:

Broadmead Community/private party
"2nd time have used Mr. Loftus. Praise from guests"

Review by Howard G. from Cockeysville, MD on 9/24/2016

Most Holy Rosary Church/Syracuse NY--Memorial Service
"This is the second time we have hired Jim to perform at a memorial service in Syracuse, NY. What we love about Jim are his talent and his flexibility. We had specific genre's of music we wanted for the service and he learned quite a bit of new music for each of them - and I think he does it all by ear! He has a tremendous voice and is a fantastic pianist. His voice filled the church and created a beautiful service for all to remember. Many thanks to Jim for his flexibility in working with us, and his willingness to make the trip to Syracuse!"

Review by Kathleen G. from Syracuse, NY on 7/20/2016

Northampton Valley Country Club Richboro PA/birthday party
"I hired Jim for a 90th Birthday party in the afternoon. Jim arrived early,set up and was playing when the guests arrived. He only took one break. I requested certain songs and he played all of them throughout the party. Was not loud and obtrusive so that you weren't able to talk. Entertaining. Would hire again."

Review by Susan S. from Richboro, PA on 8/28/2016

Engagement Party
"We hired Jim for our sons engagement party. Jim was flexible and friendly when trying to coordinate the event. He got the audience engaged and before long got everyone singing. Having a pianist/vocalist at our party made it even more of a memorable event for us."

Review by Laura W. from Doylestown, PA on 5/7/2016

Office Christmas Party
"Jim was fantastic for our Holiday office party!"

Review by Sean M. from Mechanicsburg, PA on 12/23/2015

Holiday Party
"Jim was great!! We enjoyed his playing and he really set the mood for our party. All around, great performance!"

Review by Kelsey S. from Bala Cynwyd, PA on 12/5/2015

Thanksgiving Celebration/Private home/upright piano
"Jim is talented, tells great "musical stories" in between songs, played requests and was overall a great entertainer. I certainly would use him again and again...."

Review by Irene W. from Wallingford, PA on 11/26/2015

Birthday Party/Private residence
"In show biz, early is on time and on time is late. Jim was there, set up and ready to go, AND PLAYING, by 3:50 for a 4:30 start time. Musicians can have egos and insecurity, and maybe they deserve to: "I have been playing piano everyday since I was 11 years old, and now I am being asked to work with amateurs?" Jim had the opposite attitude, enjoyed working with my family members in an entertaining tribute to my father, and even made all of our performances better. By 6, Jim was part of the family, celebrating with us. By 8, my aunts were approaching Jim, trying to get my cousins married off. He played and stayed later than 9:30. Just a perfect match. A++"

Review by Joseph P. from Wayne, PA on 4/18/2015

Engagement Party
"great guy-a pleasure to work with- definitely added a dimension to our party- was not an easy crowd because guests wandered all night to different rooms, but Jim was a great sport and continued playing to whoever wanted to listen.. My guests really enjoyed his music and his voice- would recommend him highly"

Review by linda k. from Villanova, PA on 11/29/2014

Private Party/Restaurant Albany NY
"I have nothing except the highest praise and regard for Jim Loftus. He is a delight to work with and every person at my event continues to remark about his entertainment and warm personality. As the hostess, I could not have been more pleased. His talent as a musician and singer combined with his graciousness to my guests (and as my guest) could not be matched by anyone else, I am convinced. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Jim, for the time of my life!"Jeanne Olson, September 26, 2014.

Review by Jeanne Loftus O. from Albany, NY on 9/26/2014

Wedding/Stroudsburg PA
"Working with Jim was great! We hired him about two weeks before our wedding and spoke with him about a week before and he was able to do everything that we wanted and more on the day of our wedding. He jumped from the organ to the piano in the church and he even sung during out candle lighting ceremony. He has a beautiful voice and adds a very special and personal touch to any job he does. We highly recommend Jim for your wedding or any special event. Thank you Jim!!!"

Review by Julie G. from Stroudsburg, PA on 9/12/2014

Adult Birthday Party/Restaurant
"Jim was perfect! He was so accommodating to all my needs. He was able to read the crowd and seemed to know exactly when to zig and when to zag! He is a great musician and mingled perfectly with all the guests, he accommodated all the requests and had to deal with a tiny space and loud crowd, All the guests commented on how much his talent and ability enhanced a great success for my husbands birthday surprise, he was very professional and dressed impeccably for the event. If you want to have a real Gem and talent to make your special occasion shine, I suggest you give Jim Loftus a call . He had a great voice and you will not be disappointed!"

Review by DINELLE W. from Allentown, PA on 8/24/2014

Memorial Service/Bronx NY
"Jim was unbelievable. He an amazing singer and wonderful at both the piano and keyboard. Jim played at my sister's memorial service and at the reception. First he played the piano and sang beautiful hymns at her service; just heavenly. We hired him last minute, so he had to learn some songs in just two days--he played them beautifully. Then, we rocked to the beat at the reception; he was great at reading the crowd. His song selection was perfect. He had us all up and dancing; my sister would have loved that. If you want a perfect event, I will say, don't think twice, hire Jim. He is nice, accommodating, easy to work with, and an amazing talent."

Review by Maria W. from Bronx, NY on 8/16/2014

Wedding Ceremony/Hideaway Hills Kresgeville PA
"Jim wonderful. He really listened to what I wanted and made my day very special. He Is very professional and accommodating. I will definitely be recommending him !!!"

Review by Jodi l. from Kresgeville, PA on 8/9/2014

About Booking

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Upcoming Booked Events

Dec 09, 2016 Laurel Creek Country Club(Company Xmas Party)
7:30pm–10:30pm
Dec 10, 2016 Hidden Springs Souderton PA(Holiday Party)
7:00pm–9:00pm
Dec 13, 2016 Catty Corner w/Vinyl Persuasion
6:30pm–9:00pm
Dec 14, 2016 MORIARTY'S PUB(private Company Xmas Party)
6:00pm–10:00pm
Dec 21, 2016 Private Residence Birthday Party, Moorestown NJ
6:00pm–10:00pm
Dec 31, 2016 St. Mary Center Lansdale PA(NYE Party)
3:30pm–4:30pm
Dec 31, 2016–Jan 01, 2017 Weaversville Inn Northampton PA w/VINYL PERSUASION
8:30pm–12:00am
Jan 06, 2017 West End Pub w/Vinyl Persuasion, Quakertown PA
8:00pm–11:00pm

Past Booked Events

Dec 03, 2016 Williams Restaurant Easton PA(private)
5:30pm–8:30pm
Nov 29, 2016 Catty Corner w/Vinyl Persuasion, Catasauqua PA
6:30pm–9:00pm
Nov 23, 2016 Brandwine Living at Upper Providence(private)
3:15pm–4:15pm
Nov 12, 2016 Lakeside Ballroom Barnesville PA w/"The '60's Boys
8:00pm–11:00pm
Nov 11, 2016 Weaversville inn Northampton PA w/VINYL PERSUASION
6:30pm–9:30pm
Nov 05, 2016 Northampton Liederkranz w/Vinyl Persuasion
8:00pm–11:00pm
Nov 02, 2016–Nov 03, 2016 Phil Stahl open mic/radio show w/VINYL PERSUASION
9:00pm–12:00am
Oct 23, 2016 Lynnville Hotel New Tripoli PA w/VINYL PERSUASION
3:30pm–6:30pm
Oct 22, 2016 Wedding Ceremony Bridgewater NJ(church organ)
3:00pm–4:30pm
Oct 21, 2016 Palmerton One Ten Tavern w/VINYL PERSUASION
8:00pm–11:00pm
Oct 20, 2016 The Meadows Grove Hellertown PA w/VINYL PERSUASION
5:30pm–9:00pm
Oct 14, 2016 Dinner Party
6:30pm–10:30pm
Oct 11, 2016 Catty Corner Catasauqua PA w/VINYL PERSUASION
5:30pm–8:30pm
Oct 08, 2016 West Coplay Maennerchor w/VINYL PERSUASION
8:30pm–11:30pm
Oct 07, 2016 The Landing at Collegeville(PA)(grand piano)
3:00pm–4:00pm
Oct 01, 2016 "Fest O' Fall" Catasauqua PA w/VINYL PERSUASION
5:00pm–8:00pm
Sep 27, 2016 Catty Corner w/VINYL PERSUASION Catasauqua PA
5:30pm–8:30pm
Sep 24, 2016 Broadmead Community Private Party Cockeysville MD
2:00pm–5:00pm
Sep 20, 2016 Traditions of Hanover Bethlehem PA
3:30pm–4:30pm
Sep 19, 2016 Alexandria Manor Bethlehem PA
2:30pm–3:30pm
Sep 17, 2016 Engagement Party Private Residence(piano)
4:00pm–8:00pm
Sep 07, 2016 View At Morgan Hill Easton PA w/VINYL PERSUASION
7:00pm–10:00pm
Sep 06, 2016 Sugar Hill Jazz House mixer Allentown PA
5:00pm–8:00pm
Sep 04, 2016 Schuylkill County Wine Festival w/"The '60's Boys"
2:00pm–5:00pm
Dec 19, 2015 Holiday Party (Christmas)
Oct 03, 2015 House Party
Dec 20, 2013 Christmas Party

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