Pianist / Singer(no reviews)
Country: United States
Based In: Albany, New York
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I am a singer who can also accompany myself on the piano (please check out my Demo Reel) When I do a performance, I combine musical tracks or my own piano accompaniment to present the best of the musical genres that I love: "swing" tunes, jazz standards, the "pop" hits of the 1950's, 60's, 70's, 80's, and the great songs from Broadway and motion pictures. I also include cover hits from singers like John Legend, Michael Buble, Bruno Mars and Adele. In addition to my variety music programs, I also perform a Frank Sinatra tribute show featuring many of the songs that the legendary singer mad ... e famous during his long and successful career.
I have included four one-hour set lists, just to give you an idea of some of what I perform:
SET # 1: I've Got the World on a String The Way You Look Tonight This Could Be the Start of Something Big
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You Don't Be Cruel Can't Help Falling In Love
I Don't Want To Walk Without You Killing Me Softly The Can't Take That Away
My Cherie Amour Ticket To Ride ... When I Fall In Love
SET # 2: Cabaret Quando, Quando, Quando Fly Me To the Moon
Eight Days a Week Just the Way You Are Love Story Theme (Speak Softly)
Come Monday You've Got a Friend As Time Goes By
Daytime Friends Sweet Caroline Save the Last Dance For Me
Music of the Night Music of the Night Something In the Way She Moves
SET # 3 For Once In My Life Satin Doll Georgia On My Mind
Goody, Goody Bye, Bye Love The Shadow of Your Smile
Take Me Home Country Roads Always On My Mind All My Lovin'
Kansas City When I Fall In Love The Girl From Ipanema
How Can YOu Mend a Broken Heart Sucker Every Breath You Take
SET # 4 Just In Time Downtown Yesterday
All of Me (J. Legend) The Summer Wind Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Strangers In the Night Have I Told You Lately the I Love You Midnight Blue
This Masquerade Vincent (Starry, Starry, Night) Nice and Easy
What Kind of Fool Am I Charade
I have loved to sing and perform since I was a child. Not thinking that I could make a living at it, I studied the Health Sciences in college and then attended Dental School at the University of Pennsylvania. I practiced for several years, but the practice left me very unsatisfied.
I applied to graduate school in the performing arts and was accepted into the Masters Degree program in Acting and Directing at Florida Atlantic University. I continued my theater training at Michigan State University and graduated with a Ph D degree. I moved to New York City and spent fifteen years performing a ... nd directing plays in NY, Michigan, Florida and Kentucky. Several singing opportunities arose and I began to study music more seriously. I performed in cabarets, theaters, private parties, hotels, weddings , libraries and retirement communities. Singing and playing the piano opened up more employment opportunities and I began to perform on a regular basis.
My performances are self-contained with my own digital piano and sound system, and selective use of musical tracks. My performances range from energetic dance rhythms to romantic ballads. My baritone voice has been described as “warm and soothing”, and I love to get audience members up on the dance floor or singing along with their favorite cover songs.
I was described in a Saratoga Living magazine feature article entitled: A Man For All Seasons / Dentist, Actor, Singer, Professor, Cantor, Rabbi as “ . . . a gifted man who has accomplished a great deal intellectually, artistically and within every community he has touched.”
I have never missed a performance or backed out of a performance once I agreed to do the job.
I have been performing since I was a child. I returned to singing and acting as an adult after six years of graduate school. I moved to New York City and began working in local showcases, cabaret performances, concerts in public libraries throughout Queens and Brooklyn, NY; private parties, AARP organization meetings, church and synagogue groups, retirement communities and concert venues in and around the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Philadelphia metropolitan area.
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