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Performing as a Pianist in Suffolk
My name is Eugene Portman and I always look forward to my visits to Suffolk as a pianist. This is because it gives me a chance to explore the lovely countryside and wonderful venues in the area. These venues host a great variety of events and anyone looking for a venue in the county could easily be spoilt for choice.
I play the piano for many events in Suffolk and I have performed in many of the region’s venues. In fact, there are a few that keep cropping up and these include Hengrave Hall, Bury St Edmunds; Butley Priory, Woodbridge, and Glemham Hall.
Although most of my work in Suffolk has been either as a solo pianist, I can also be hired in line ups right up to a five-piece jazz band. Hre is a full range of the line-ups I offer:
a) Duo – piano and vocals or piano and bass
b) Trio – piano, bass and vocals or piano, bass and drums
c) Quartet – piano, bass, drums and vocals or piano, bass, drums and sax
d) Five Piece Jazz Band – piano, bass, drums, sax and vocals
I use some of the finest jazz musicians in the country and I hope that this is reflected in the quality of the music. Please contact me for help with the best type of line up for your event.
I specialise in the great jazz standards and songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, The Rat Pack, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fred Astaire. Moreover, my style has developed through listening to the keyboard giants of the past. For example, Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, and Monty Alexander.
Most of the time I am booked as a wedding pianist which means that I have to play music from many different genres. This is so that I can fit in with the requirements of the day. To explain, classical music is very popular for ceremonies, while jazz is the in-thing for drinks receptions. Also, the type of music suitable as background music for the wedding meal wouldn’t necessarily be fitting for an evening reception. Luckily, I have an extensive repertoire that covers rock, pop, classical, Latin, ragtime, and even sing-along. I can play anything from Bach, Einaudi, and Debussy right up to Abba, The Beatles, and Christina Perri.
Whether you book me as a solo jazz pianist or the full jazz band, I still try to maintain a feel-good quality in my music. I hope this quality makes the music sit comfortably in any situation adding sparkle to your event without drowning conversation.
Working as a Sing-along Pianist in Suffolk
A recent trend in Suffolk has given me a stream of work as a sing-along pianist. This is occasionally for weddings, but it usually suits informal occasions such as pub sing-along nights, Wartime celebrations, and Peaky Blinders evenings. When I perform for these events, I provide all the song sheets and dress like a traditional Cockney pianist. This includes a Bowler hat, waistcoat, grandad shirt, pocket watch, neckerchief, etc.
Here are some of the many venues in Suffolk that have used my services as a pianist:
- Hengrave Hall, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6LZ
- Carlton Manor Hotel, Chapel Road Carlton Colville Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 8BL
- Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Woodbridg IP13 0BT %0
- Hintlesham Hall Hotel, Hintlesham, Ipswich IP8 3NS
- Butley Priory, Near Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3NR
- Kentwell Hall, Long Melford CO10 9BA
At one time or another, I have played the piano in most of Suffolk’s towns including:
- Bury St Edmunds
- Long Melford
- Wickham Market
- Great Bradley
- St Peter South Elmham
- Great Livermere
- East Bergholt