For me, playing music is life.
I play to live and I live to play.
who knows me well.
I feel blessed to have an occupation which feeds both my brain and my soul.
Piano and vocals. Jazz and popular songs by request.
Current Performance Location
Jonathans of Oakville
Saturday rotation, 7:30 pm
Highlights of the Month
The Downeaster Alexa, Billy Joel
Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
L’Ultima Notte al Mondo, Tiziano Fero
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• born Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
• grew up in Midland, Ontario on
• Bachelor of Music degree,
University of Toronto
• Now settled in Hamilton,
living in a century home
with his wife Marsha,
a professional cellist
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For me, playing music is life. I play to live and I live to play. Ask anyone who knows me well. I feel blessed to have an occupation which feeds both my brain and my soul.
Playing music, particularly jazz-based music, is an intellectual process, but also a highly-charged emotional one; and one that creates and perpetuates (feeds-nourishes) human connections. I play an average of several hundred gigs a year, mostly in the southern Ontario area. Many of these gigs are at resorts in the Muskoka region; some of them are at restaurants, hotels and clubs; and still others are at private parties like anniversaries, birthdays and engagements. I also play at a great number of weddings, where I provide cocktail and dinner music. I work frequently as a member of the duo “Nightlife” with guitarist and long-time musical partner and lifelong friend Gerry Holden.
Playing at these functions is always interesting. I often think of the Jimmy Buffet quote “No matter what time of day it is, it’s 5:00 somewhere in the world, so let’s party” (I may have paraphrased slightly). Being a cocktail performer is like being at an endless party. Everybody suddenly becomes your friend. I frequently speak with people at gigs who tell me about the personal connections they have with tunes they hear me perform. From them I hear passion, joy, tragedy, humour, longing, loneliness and pain, and everything in between. Through it all, I do my best to just keep the music coming. I know I have succeeded in my job when I see people smiling and nodding their heads at me, singing along with tunes I’m playing, dropping a note on my piano, or actually coming up and speaking to me. ”Sing us a song, you’re the piano man…”
If you're trying to get in touch in order to inquire about booking me for a function, feel free to use the e-mail address: email@example.com