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Congratulations to Brad and Jennifer Moranz, who opened their 20th season last weekend at the Charleston Music Hall.
This is my fifth year as musical director for the team, and I couldn't be happier or more proud of everybody and the way this one came together. As always, Brad and Jen have cast a superior group of world-class performers. Once again they have cultivated an atmosphere of unity and grace that allows the spirit of the season to be communicated honestly and energetically through all of the fourteen performances. Most of the shows are sold out, but if you're coming you can expect to here a pretty raucous version of "Hallelujah Chorus" from the band, with me trying to break the piano as usual.
Starting in 2016 I'll be in Saint Louis full time, but the magic of Christmas in Charleston has me already looking forward to the next show here. I love this show and these people more than words can say, and I promise to keep doing this as long as they'll have me.
Learn more at www.bradandjennifermoranz.com. Merry Christmas everyone!
Spin the disco ball and crank up the jams. It's time for the launch!
Most of you know that I'm pretty understated about my marketing. Actually my web presence has been laughably lame. Over the years my websites have been barely functional, and usually ended up as little more than "internet business cards" that held a song or two, a couple pictures and contact information. There was a reason for this. I was performing constantly and most people would book me after seeing me live, so all I really needed online was a picture they could point to so they could tell their friends, "Here's the guy." I watched a lot of other entertainers build websites to try to convey their entertainment offerings with varying degrees of success, but I never needed to do it myself until now. Besides I was too busy to have the time. Thankfully the website tools available online these days afford me the opportunity to update the site from anywhere, on any device. Thanks to these miraculous tools I'm back online just in time.
November 10, 2015 the whole operation moves from Savannah, Georgia to St. Louis, Missouri, which is a terrific home base to start ranging nationally as a pianist and DJ entertainer. When I was on the road we played the Midwest often, playing venues large and small from Duluth to Detroit to Dallas. Like any hopelessly compulsive road warrior I've been spending the last year acquiring smaller, lighter, more high-tech equipment to facilitate easier travel, and now I'm even ready to book dates overseas with my new internationally-compliant wireless and electronics! Instead of coming to St. Louis to see me live, potential clients can get their first impressions online before calling to discuss their events, so they don't have to worry about who they're talking to if we haven't met.
Choosing entertainment for a wedding or a special event can be like shopping in the giant wine section of a supermarket. Shoppers scan the offerings without finding anything familiar enough to allay their fears about making a wrong choice. Seasoned wine buyers make their choices confidently, but many others pace up and down the aisle while the minutes tick away, and often leave empty-handed. Why? Because the pain of a bad choice makes "no choice" a better option. Many will not return until they've taste-tested the product or received buying advice from a trusted source. Here at alittlepiano.com our trusted sources will be industry people and former clients. The taste-testing will be provided by occasional YouTube videos and informational blog posts and interviews. I hope you enjoy the offerings, and I can't wait to hear from you. See you in Saint Louie!
It's been a wonderful, amazingly musical summer in Georgia and South Carolina, and now that the kids are starting back to school I find myself turning calendar pages, looking forward to the next chapter in this colorful musical journey. Starting in 2016 I'll be in Saint Louis full-time with my beautiful wife, and booking more gigs in the midwest to stay closer to home. There's a really great video of the progress they're making on a redesign of the area around the St. Louis arch. Waterfront Park will be an amazing destination! Here's the link to the nonprofit spearheading the project:
My next trip to Missouri happens right after Labor Day, and my schedule is already filling with meetings, exploration and fun. And of course, lots of great music!
When Erica and Vanessa called me to play for their wedding ceremony I couldn't change my schedule in time to be there, but since I was in Brunswick, Georgia recording on Herb Galloway's grand piano I recorded this song and made a video "wedding present" for them. This Jason Mraz tune was their processional; a terrific song about loving someone who is passionate about making life's journey broad and authentic. I feel blessed to know and love such people!
Here's a little glimpse into the concert world I'm so fortunate to get to work in from time to time. Lately I've been working to fuse some piano idioms made famous by the great Ray Charles together with Jazz and Blues rhythms from the swamp that weren't really available to Ray when he was composing his music. Brilliant musicians join me to create new music, or as is the case here, to put a new spin on our favorites. If you haven't recently been to a real listening room like the Jazz Corner on Hilton Head, or Jazz at the Bistro in St. Louis, make a reservation and go! You won't be sorry; there is great nightlife out there waiting for YOU.
One great way to finish the night and bring everyone together for a big smile is to take a favorite tune and make it yours, dueling-piano style. This is also really fun at afterparties!