A well dressed (Blazer & Bow Tie or Tuxedo), happy fella who will arrive early; flexible, courteous, a good communicator, willing to MC your event if requested, willing to stay later than contracted, connects well with your guests, and someone to whom you will gladly give an enthusiastic review when all is done. If requested I will send you a list of all my 25 online reviews, 24 are FIVE STARS!
I play solo piano to add a touch of class to your party, corporate function, or wedding reception. I play Classic Standards, Show Tunes, and Modern Jazz. I can play MELLOW: (Misty, Over the Rainbow, Summertime, Send in the Clowns, Angel Eyes, Amazing Grace, Stars Fell on Alabama, Rainy Days and Mondays, Moon River, All the Things You Are, When Sunny Gets Blue, Ella & Sinatra songs, etc.) or LIVELY and UPBEAT (Lady is a Tramp, Watermelon Man, Satin Doll, Teach Me Tonight, Moanin',There Will Never Be Another You, and Modern Jazz Blues). I often receive compliments on the warmth of my chord-voicings and my obvious passion for the music. If you reside within 20 miles of Hillsboro Village, I will AUDITION for you at no charge. Request a full playlist and a quote today!
I am retired from senior administrative positions in educational and arts institutions in the North and Canada, followed by a management consulting career. I cannot learn to read music as my ears have "a much faster processor" than my eyes, so, much as I adore it, I cannot play classical pieces (although I did perform for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ask me about that!) I started playing professionally in a Coffee House (remember them?) while a student at Brown University and have played in restaurants, lounges, and many private parties since that time. I no longer bill myself as a singer, but will gladly attempt a few tunes if requested.
- Screen name:
- Doug the Party Pianist
- Member since:
- Mar 04 2019
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 4-5 nights a week
My influences have been: Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Andre Previn, Joe Bushkin, Bobby Timmons, Horace Silver, Nat Cole, Harvey Reed, and Gene Harris.Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Mel Torme, , Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie,
Keyboard. Amplifier, Microphone, Piano Bench
BLACK COFFEE Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
A slow, smoky C blues. One of my favorites.
MISTY Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
This Erroll Garner ballad is one of the most beloved tunes in the American Songbook.
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
Probably the most beloved song in the American Songbook -- composed by Harold Arlen and sung by Judy Garland in THE WIZARD OF OZ, I couldn't play a gig without including this.
LOPING BLUES Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
This is a little F blues that I composed about five years ago.
MY FOOLISH HEART
MY FOOLISH HEART Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
One of the all time great jazz ballads
YOUNG AND FOOLISH
YOUNG AND FOOLISH Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
Slow, Low, and Rich. doesn't get the attention it deserves
GREEN DOLPHIN STREET
GREEN DOLPHIN STREET Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
First jazz recording by Miles around 1958 on album Jazz Track
AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
A Fat's Waller specialty. Much beloved.
I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO
I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
Mostly associated with Tony Bennett. Ranks right up there with Over the Rainbow, Summertime, and Misty as all time favorite.
WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING
WHEN IRISH EYES ARE SMILING Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
A must play at a St. Patrick's Day parties
THE CHRISTMAS SONG
THE CHRISTMAS SONG Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
Written by Mel Torme and made popular by King Cole. It is so beautiful that I perform this song all year round.
I LOVE YOU PORGY
I LOVE YOU PORGY Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
One of the must beautiful and compelling love songs in the American Song Book. From George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.
SOUSA BLUES Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
I composed this march back in 2016 with Art Blakey's JAZZ MARCH playing in the back of my brain.
ROUND MIDNIGHT Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
One of the most hauntingly beautiful true jazz blues ballads. surprisingly written by Thelonious Monk, show wonderful music is more likely to be described as powerful than beautiful
THE CHRISTMAS SONG
THE CHRISTMAS SONG
WEE SMALL HOURS
WEE SMALL HOURS Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
Written specifically for Frank Sinatra, among his most popular songs. I "package" it with RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS and HERE'S THAT RAINY DAY.
ANOTHER YOU Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
A great jazz uptempo with a chord structure that provides a wonderful structure over which to improvise.
RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS
RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
My favorite Carpenter's song.I "package" it with WEE SMALL HOURS and HERE'S THAT RAINY DAY.
HERE\'S THAT RAINY DAY
HERE\'S THAT RAINY DAY Year: 2017 Genre: Jazz
I "package" it with RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS and THE WEE SMALL HOURS OF THE MORNING.