Theo Bishop Entertainment

Why book Theo Bishop Entertainment?

Theo Bishop Jazz Ensembles is the place to come for music for any occasion. Taking the masterful piano playing of World Renowned Songwriter/Jazz Artist Theo Bishop, and blending it with the pure artistic abilities of many of LA's best Performers doing standards from all genres and eras including; Swing, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Rock, etc. Theo Bishop Ensembles is the place to find your talent for any Club, Bar, Wedding, Party, or Private Event.
With over 35 years live performing experience Theo has performed to crowds all over the country. From Vegas to New York there is no more diverse, talented group of performers in the live music business.

Theo Bishop



Fabulous musician and beautiful music!

When our wedding guests first arrived they were greeted by the beautiful music of Theo Bishop. He was absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend him for your event.

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Reviewer: melody s.
Event: Wedding Cocktail Hour in Yorba Linda, CA
Event Date: Jan 27, 2013
Hired As: Pianist

Great,Talented Musician and Professional

He played elaborate arrangements I had picked out for my wedding ceremony music, and played them beautifully. He was also kind in playing for extra time when the ceremony was delayed. Very personable and positive. :)

Reviewer: Heather B.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Costa Mesa, CA
Event Date: Oct 20, 2012

Beautiful Music!

I am privileged to write a review for Theo Bishop. We hired Theo to play piano for our daughter's wedding ceremony, and could not be more pleased. He was wonderful and fun to work with, extremely competent, charismatic in personality, and perfectly reliable. As a pianist myself, I can accurately evaluate his work as highly qualified and proficient. He was willing to play not only pieces that we requested, but specific arrangements that we requested! I find myself trying to think of events where we could hire him again in the future! To sum up, we.loved.Theo!

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Reviewer: Gweneth S.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Costa Mesa, CA
Event Date: Oct 20, 2012
Hired As: Pianist

Memorable 90th birthday party!!

Thanks to Theo and his fantastic piano mother-in-law had a 90th birthday party she will never forget..I heard back from Theo immediately and he could not have been more helpful..he cam into my home and made my old player piano sound wonderful!! His background music while we ate dinner was just PERFECT!! Thank you Theo for being a major party of a very memorable evening!! Joyce

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Reviewer: Joyce G.
Event: Birthday Party in Yorba Linda, CA
Event Date: Oct 6, 2012
Hired As: Pianist

Amazing is an understatement....

On Sept 1, 2012, Theo and The Cheap Knick Knacks arrived hours prior to the event with little to no instructions from me. I was busy attending to my other vendors and the venue's coordinator. The band not only knew where to set-up, but had to work with my DJ who was set-up right behind the band. I was so glad that worked out well without any of my input.

Our wedding was a 1920s themed wedding and not only were the guests dressed to theme, but the band as well. We are of Asian decent, so the older folks are used to folklore music. However, they were blown away when the band hit the first not. Fast forward a month later and I'm still hearing praises about the Knick Knacks.

I just wanted to say thank you.

Hope you don't mind me posting a video, if so I can remove it.

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Reviewer: Chris T.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Westminster, CA
Event Date: Sep 1, 2012
Hired As: Jazz Band, Jazz Pianist

Theo Bishop Band - would be welcome anytime!


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Reviewer: roger g.
Event: Private Party in Dana Point, CA
Event Date: Aug 4, 2012
Hired As: Jazz Band

Smooth and Entertaining!

Theo Bishop provided age appropriate music for my event! He was personable, entertaining, and engaging. I received great feedback from guest. "I really liked the keyboard player" "Oh, that music was so nice" "What a great idea to have a pianist" "The music was good, will you give me his number." There were absolutely no complaints. My man "Theo" met my expectations and I will call him again for my next event! Keep playing music Theo!

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Reviewer: Kim B.
Event: Birthday Party in Long Beach, CA
Event Date: Feb 4, 2012
Hired As: Jazz Pianist

WOW! Theo and Jackson MADE the party!!

These guys are great. Obviously talented, they are versatile as well. For my holiday party, they did a combination of Christmas Carols, popular hits, and even some Bocelli. My guests are still raving about the evening. I can't wait to plan my next party so I can hire them again. Thanks, Knick Knacks...

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Reviewer: Chris K.
Event: Holiday Party in Santa Ana, CA
Event Date: Dec 13, 2011
Hired As: Pianist, Pop Singer

Wow - these guys were awesome!

The Cheap Knick Knacks played at a Christmas party at our home. The attendees varied in age from 22 to 60, and all were entertained by the wide range of music and the wonderful personalities of Jackson and Theo. We couldn't have asked for a better experience!

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Reviewer: Tina H.
Event: Private Party in Huntington Beach, CA
Event Date: Dec 10, 2011
Hired As: Swing Band, Cover Band, Jazz Band, Pianist, Rock and Roll Singer


The Cheap Knick Knacks were wonderful! I would definitely use them again. They are very professional and know how it SING!

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Reviewer: Bree B.
Organization: AVT, Inc.
Event: Corporate Event in Tustin, CA
Event Date: Dec 2, 2011
Hired As: Swing Band

A very Happy Thanksgiving 11/24

Theo showed up on time and ready to play. I was very happy that he was available to play for a couple of hours. I have recently got married so this was the first holiday that both families celebrated together. Theo selected some great music to play and took some requests also. Everyone that attended couldn't stop talking about Theo and his piano playing. Pat

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Reviewer: Patrick C.
Event: Holiday Party in Lake Forest, CA
Event Date: Nov 24, 2011
Hired As: Pianist

Pro Wedding Service and Reception From Top To Bottom

When I hired these guys I never realized the scope of what they could provide for my wedding and reception. Not only did they provide the instrumental and vocal selections I needed for my wedding service but they did it with a world class flair that I thought was only reserved for royalty and the rich. It was after the service though that I was most impressed with. Jackson and Theo were the MC hosts of my dinner and kept the tributes moving, and were very funny and entertaining. Then they invited two other musicians to join them and played swing and dance music late into the night to make my dream wedding day complete. I did not find anything they could not do and would give them five stars and maybe six if I could. The Cheap Knick Knacks may sound like a funny name but they are serious about music and entertainment thats for sure.

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Reviewer: Cynthia C.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Lake Forest, CA
Event Date: Nov 13, 2011
Hired As: Swing Band, Cover Band, Jazz Pianist, Opera Singer, Pianist, Wedding Band

These guys are so much fun!!

My friends and I went to The Marlin Bar in Huntington Beach last night and saw these guys, they did everything! Someone said Styx and they played "Come Sail Away", than someone said Christmas Music and they did and amazing rendition of "Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire" Amazing piano, amazing vocals, great entertainers... 5 Stars!

Reviewer: Chris
Event: Bar/Lounge in Huntington Beach, CA
Event Date: Nov 3, 2011

Beautiful Voice

They came to perform at our Church in Santa Ana and he performed a rendition of "Con Te Partiro" and there was not a dry eye in the congregation. We will definitely have them back.

Reviewer: Ted
Event: Church Service in Santa Ana, CA
Event Date: Oct 2, 2011

One of the Premier Vocalists in SoCal

Jackson is such a terrific performer, the way he really engaged the audience, and then the voice! Wow! Not to mention when he picked up a guitar, and then played drums, all while singing! Unbelievable performer! Five Stars!

Reviewer: John &. M. C.
Event: Casino in Palm Springs, CA
Event Date: Aug 11, 2011

Amazing Duo!!!

I walked into Hennessey's in San Diego and sat down and couldn't stop watching these guys, EVERYTHING from Sinatra to Journey to Stevie Wonder. Just TWO GUYS!!! These guys are the REAL DEAL FOR SURE!

Reviewer: Christy M.
Event: Restaurant in San Diego, CA
Event Date: Sep 6, 2011

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 120 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: $250-2500
  • Languages: English


You can expect some of the most amazing vocal renditions of some of the most famous and challenging vocal material in the world. You can expect world class keyboard playing ranging from Popular and classical styles to the groovinist Blues and Jazz On the Planet. We will also provide you with not just the same old arrangements (we do those too) but some of the most unigue arrangements of some of the most expected and unexpected music available. Theo plays multiple instruments and sing. Theo also has professional MC experience and have a knack for the comedy and serious business in front of whatever size crowd you can gather. Theo has musical directed bands, musicals, even written music for some of your favorite TV Shows. With all this said Theo will be just as comfortable singing Christmas Carols with your guests in your living room.

Additional Booking Notes

We have the state of the PA system, Bass and guitar, and Keyboard Gear, We can play on your piano and sing accoustically or come ready to play to a hall full of people. A small club is something we love and an outside venue is something we have experienced many times over the years.

Past Booked Events

12/31/11 CreekView Estates
12/11/11 Anaheim Convention Center
12/10/11 Private Party Huntington Beach
12/02/11 Marconi Auto Museum
11/17/11 Marlin Bar

Theo Bishop Entertainment

Theo has talent on hand that can do everything from providing Bocelli or Josh Groben at your wedding to Sinatra at your reception. You need Bach and Pachabel Canon now and Beatles later, call us. This is what we do. We have the most an amazing array of exciting, mellow, groovin, danceable, tearful, memorable, and just downright rippin music you will ever need for any occasion. One call can cover the entire event, and with the stable of world class musicians we work with regularly, we have ensembles sized for any need you may have.

See Bios Below for Specific Artist details

Theo Bishop Bio

Theo Bishop is no newcomer to the music scene. The veteran keyboardist/composer was born in Portland Oregon, the third of five boys that each pursued musical careers. His forays into classical, rock, jazz, country, new age and film music form a musical bridge between the styles of his two older brother’s rock & country backgrounds and his younger sibling’s classical talents. Theo grew up in Boise Idaho playing in rock bands and earning a degree in classical piano from Boise State University. This multitalented keyboard artist has won multiple competitions and after testing his hand at a variety of musical crafts and styles, eventually gravitated toward a career as a performer and songwriter.

Roots in Rock and Country

Early in his career, Theo toured with the popular rock artist and fellow Idaho import Gary Puckett from Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.He also played with Peter Noone from the early British Invasion band Herman’s Hermits and Terry Gregory a CBS Country Artist. In the 1980s he signed a record deal on Pasha Epic as a member of the rock band Isle of Mann. Later that decade Bishop formed Native Language, a new wave Bowie-esque rock venture that played well into the '90s, culminating in a deal with Carmen Productions and Joe Godfried at Sound City Studios. Other artists involved with Carmen at the time include Rick Springfield and Pat Benatar. Native Language ultimately became the namesake for the label that Bishop & Joe Sherbanee would co-found in 1996.

A Swing From Rock to Jazz

The past two decades have seen a metamorphosis from Rock to Jazz for Theo Bishop.He has written & produced some of Smooth Jazz’s top songs and performed with some of its brightest stars. Most notably, he has recorded and or played live with Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Oliver, Dave Hooper of the Rippingtons, Tony Guerrero, Rob Mullins, Juan Carlos Quintero, Brian Hughes, Jimmie Haslip and Will Kennedy from the Yellow Jackets to name a few. Theo’s “Newport Nights” and “One Man’s Dream” CDs have aired throughout the world and his music continues to receive playtime on various media around the world.

Producer Songwriter

In 2003 Theo co-wrote the #1 smooth jazz hit “Hyde Park (The Ah Oooh Song)” and has produced and written music for artists such as Solomon Burke, and the Russian rock band, Autograph. He has also produced and written for national artists including: Bartholomew, Meredith Marshall, Megan, The Sugar Daddy’s, Sugah Daddy, Joe Sherbanee, and many others.

Film and Television

In recent years Theo has been scoring films including: “The Board Game” a film by Jon Larsen, The Water’s Edge also by Larsen and most recently “Todd’s Locks” an independent short film by Filmic Storyworks Inc. Theo has credits on several other films including: “Laughing With Pigmies” and“Never Surrender” (on pay per view). His Television credits include Network Broadcasts of his music on shows such as ABC’s “Into The Night”. Current television projects include: Crime 360, Known Universe, Fight Science, Last American Cowboy, Xray Earth, ipreditor, Wheel Warriors, Fight Science, Fact or Faked Paranormal files, American Paranornal, Locked Up, and the newest in a long list of TV work Legend Quest.

The Future

Theo aspires to create music for media, and is ready for any musical challenge. He has composed, directed, performed, produced, mastered, engineered, and worked every aspect of a label including being the president and CEO. If there is a musical thought to be expressed Theo can help you do that better. If you want seasoned music to listen to or created for your project he can do that too. Thanks for listening and may music be your light in this sometimes trying world.

The team providing the talent:

Theo Bishop

Piano, Keyboards, Vocals

Eric Letta

Sax Player

Tony Cinquini

Guitar Player

Dave Usleton


Jim Nichols

Guitar PLayer/Singer

Jamey Holbrook

Bass Player

Brian Chapman

Upright Bass Player

Leah Ashton


Mike Johnson

Trombone Player

Kurt Hammernick


Walt Simonson

Trumpet Player

Set List

The Cheap Knick Knacks Partial Set List (See Below For Holiday Music)

She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
The Letter
Moon Dance
Moon Dance
My Girl
Piano Man
Thats Why They Call it The Blues
Can’t buy Me Love
Guitar Gently Weeps
And I love Her
Your Song
Bennie And The Jets
Candle In The Wind
Stormy Monday
All Of Me
The Way It Is
Come Fly With Me
Thats Amore
Under My Skin
Just The Two of us

Unchained Melody
My Way
New York New York
Things We did Last Summer
Mack The Knife
Summer Wind
Foggy Day In London
Cry Me A River
Beyond The Sea
Sunday Mornin
Route 66-F
Ain't That a Kick in the Head-D
It Takes Two to Tango-C
Beyond the Sea-F
Paper Moon-Eb
Hit That Jive Jack-G
Fine and Mellow-F
Blue Moon - Eb
Cheek to Cheek-F
Fly Me to the Moon-Am
Baby You’ve Got What It Takes-Eb
The Way You Look Tonight-E
Under the Boardwalk-G
You Are the Sunshine of My Life
Grooven - Bb
“I Feel Good” Groove - D
Don’t Stop Believing
Hey Ya-G
Stand by Me-G
Brown Eyed Girl-G
Brick House-A
Play That Funky Music-E
Get Down On It-E
Get Down Tonight-F
Soul Man-F

The Christmas Set List

Truth be told this is a very partial list and we can do most any holiday music. We have played most every xmas song at one party or another
The Christmas Song
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Oh Holy Night
Jingle Bells Swing
Jingle Bell Rock
White Christmas
Away In A Manger
Deck The Halls
Feliz Navidad
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Silent Night
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow
O come All Ye Faithful
Roudolf The Red Nosed Raindeer
Silver Bells
Etc. Etc. Etc.

Some Bigger Band Material (5 piece to 9 Piece)

Shinning Star
Mr. Magic
Coming Home Baby
Fragile Mercy Mercy Mercy
Look of Love (The)
Too Cool for School
It's Too Late
Black Cow
Low Down

Put your Records On
Doctor in my Eyes
Soul Mashup
Forget You
Aint No Sunshine
Rolling in the Deep
At Last
Honky Cat
Brick House
Feelin Alright
Chicago Medley
Bad Girls
Just a Gigalo
Way You Make Me Feel (The)
Signed Sealed Delivered
What is Hip?
Rosalita When I'm Sixty Four
Use Me Will It Go Round in Circles
You Can Leave your Hat on
You're No Good
This Love
Chain of Fools
Thank You (falettin me be mice elf agin)
Lady Marmalade
Let it Roll
Letter (The)

Influences & Inspiration

Sinatra, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr., Beatles, Bocelli, Steely Dan, Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, Motown, Earth Wind and Fire, Thelonious Monk, Jobim, Gershwin, Debussey, Smokey Robinson, Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker

Setup Requirements

We just need space and power. If you want us to use say your piano, we would be glad to do that.


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