Hi! I've played piano for 25 years, professionally for 15. I like to interact with an audience and entertain. Tunes I am familiar with, I can fake. If I do not know them, I learn specific requests with relative ease. I also sight-read sheet music and lead sheets. My repertoire includes classical, jazz/blues, swing, Broadway, popular music, spiritual, film score.
P.S. PAST. Degree in performance/comp. Cruise-ship show band, personal concerts, dance studio, accompanist, churches, choirs (60-piece), jazz combos, big band (18-piece), rock band keyboards, professional musical theater and auditions, composer.
We had the pleasure of being entertained by Russell Gates at our company Christmas party. Russell is an amazing pianist/keyboard musician. He is an equally outstanding entertainer. We managed to coax an encore performance that was fabulous. If you get the opportunity to enjoy one of his performances, grab it. He is surely destined to go far.
We hired Russell to play at the beginning of our extended family Christmas party. Russell is very creative, professional and easy to work with. His talent on the piano is like no other and completely entertained our guests. He did an awesome job of reading the crowd. We will defiantly hire Russell again in the future.
I've engaged Russell to perform at the American Cancer Societie's Relay for Life Fundraiser and was completely captivated by his command of the piano. His artistic approach is off the charts. He is a consumate professional in every aspect of his work. I've known Russell for several years and have the utmost respect for him. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him for any audience.
I had a restaurant featuring live entertainment, and Russ would come in frequently and wow our audiences. I also had him record some accompaniment tracks for me on occasion, which he did with professional quality and unexpected fullness. I am consistently amazed at his musical genius and I cannot possibly overstate his abilities.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Intimate evening of music; interaction with the piano player through a variety of music and acts, duets, ect.
In 2001, Russell's composition Moment Of Triumph (dedicated to Olympic gymnast Elise Ray) won the Kalamazoo Symphony's Youth Composition Contest, orchestrated by Harrison Orr and performed in multiple venues by the KSO and the MESA SO. While attending Hillsdale College, he accompanied modern dance studio classes, was recorded on the HC Big Band CD Opus One, the jazz combo album New Music, performed with the Jackson SO, at the Music School of Prague, and Loyola University for the 16th New Orleans Classical Piano Institute. Following graduation in 2005 with a B.S. in Music, he performed in show bands on worldwide tours with Holland America Line, Regent Seven Seas, and Royal Caribbean International/Celebrity Cruises, covering such artists as: the Temptations Tribute, violinist Beverly Davison, oboist Salima Wazir, dulcimer player Penxuin Xui, singer Sinead Blachfield, impressionist Sean O'Shea, comedian/actor Marty Allen, visual sensationalist Yacov Noy, Sesame Street musical director Marty Henn, and Hollywood film pianist Pearl Kaufman. Russell has appeared regularly at Tibbits Opera House, Grand Rapids Art Prize, and Play Me I'm Yours, and given benefit concerts for Free Health Clinics and ACS's Relay For Life. Off stage, he scores/edits/directs short films and documentaries, some of which played at events featuring best-selling authors and presidential nominees.
Additional Booking Notes
Acoustic or digital piano on-site? If so, what is it? Number of guests? Room size? Dress of event? Specific song requests?
Past Booked Events
|August 16, 2014||Wedding Ceremony|
Classical, Jazz, Film Score, New Age, Rock, Pop.
Influences & Inspiration
Bruce Hornsby, Elton John, Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson, Jim Brickman.
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