Hi, my name is Eugene Portman and I can be hired in the following counties as a jazz pianist: London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hertfordshire, Hampshire and Berkshire for any party or wedding. I am often hired as a wedding pianist, but I can provide music or entertainment for any function or party. I specialise in mellow jazz piano and my my involvement in the contemporary & jazz music scene includes performing as a solo jazz pianist, in jazz trios, duos, quartets and jazz bands.
Some people would describe me as a jazz pianist while others would say that I verge on being a cocktail pianist, or lounge pianist. What is for sure is that I am no modernist, my main influences being jazz pianists like: George Shearing, Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander and Dudley Moore. I play music by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Burt Bacharach and all the other great writers of melodic standards. People hire me for cocktail parties, and the music I play (sometimes called 'dinner jazz') seems ideal for that sort of thing, but if you do need something a little more exciting - I can usually accommodate.
I can also be hired as a typical London sing-a-long pianist and I can provide all the song sheets for this. This has become really popular for all kinds of events, even very formal ones. Please see my sing-along page at www.eugeneportman.co.uk.
London wedding pianist
The bulk of my work seems to be as a London wedding pianist, but I also do civil partnerships and weddings in Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hertfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire, and other areas of the UK. There always seems to be a certain amount of prestige about performing as a pianist in London and I always enjoy working in the hustle and bustle of the big city. There are a lot of pianists in London, but there is so much going on that there seems to be plenty of work for them. With such a large number of venues it's not surprising that there are so many weddings there. Although I am really a jazz pianist, I also play in other styles and I can even provide classical music for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies. Please see the wedding page for more information.
If you are looking for something a little different from the usual function band or DJ; then a band playing tasteful mellow jazz might be the answer. We have performed as a jazz band in London's most prestigious venues and are in great demand for all types of weddings and events wherever they are. We can also provide an hour's dance music at the end of the evening (please see Disco Page for more details).
Here are some of the venues where we have performed as a jazz band:
Essex County Hotel, Aviation Way, Southend, Essex
The Jazz Singers
I also work with four superb jazz singers and they are: Sheila Daniels from Surrey , Alice Harvey from Derbyshire, Steve Conway from Hampshire and David Edwards from Sussex. All these singers can be hired for your wedding or party anywhere in the UK or abroad.
No Piano? No Problem
I can bring a digital piano with me on the day and set it up anywhere you like. Please note that there is no additional cost for this.
Prices are from £250 (for me as a solo pianist) depending on distance from venue and other requirements. You can get an Instant Quote for a solo pianist HERE, but please either fill in the Quote Form or use my contact details (below) if you are looking at having a larger line-up.
Telephone: 01342 835394
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