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, vocals, composition and arranging
Current Performance Location
Selected Fridays, 4:30 - 8:30 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: firstname.lastname@example.org