Hi, my name is Eugene Portman and I have always wanted
to be a pianist. I started playing the piano when I was seven in
Yorkshire and from then on all I wanted was to play more and more.
At first I went down the classical route, but I always had a keen
interest in jazz. I first became a professional pianist when I moved
to London and I eventually managed to make jazz the mainstay of
my income. 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 opportunity to perform for most of them.
London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London
Essex County Hotel, Aviation Way, Southend, Essex SS2 6UN
Lainston House Hotel, Sparsholt, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2LT
Buxted Park Country House Hotel, Buxted, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22
Prested Hall, Prested Hall Chase, Feering, Colchester, Essex CO5
Kent National Golf and Country Club, Watermans Lane, Brenchley,
Kent TN12 6ND
Dulwich College, Dulwich Common, London SE21 7LD
Horsley Towers, Ockham Road South, East Horsley, Guildford, Surrey
East Court Mansion, East Court, College Lane, East Grinstead, West
Sussex. RH19 3LT
Moor Park Golf Club, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 1QN
Blake Hall Ongar, Essex. CM5 0DG
Trafalgar Tavern, Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NW
Weddings and Events
I am often hired as a wedding pianist, but I can also
provide music or entertainment for any party or event. The bulk
of my work seems to be as a wedding pianist in London, but Essex
and other areas of the South East seem to provide plenty of marriages
and civil partnerships. With such a large number of venues it's
not surprising that I am booked as a pianist for so many weddings
in London. Don't forget that although I am really a jazz pianist,
I also play in other styles and I can even provide classical piano
music for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies. Please see the
for more information.
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
pianists such as: 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.
Although I have been
heavily influenced by the music from the jazz era, I can play piano
music from many othe genres including: latin, classical, rock, pop
and ragtime. Please see Pop,
Rock and Other Styles Page for more info.
I can also be hired
as a typical London sing-a-long pianist and I can provide all the
song sheets. This type of thing has become really popular for all
kinds of events, even very formal ones. Please see my sing-along
page for more information.
that I am always willing to learn any requests that you may have.
If you would like to hear me play;
you will find free
MP3s of me on this site and you can also see my
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 recorded dance music at the end
of the evening (please see Disco
Page for more details).
The Jazz Singers
I also work as a pianist 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. The
singers can be hired for any wedding or party in the UK.
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 pianiston the right, but please either
fill in the Quote
Form or use my contact details (below) if you want
to contact me for a proper quote or are looking at having a larger
line-up than a solo pianist.
Piano? No Problem
If the venue doesn't have a piano available then I can bring a
Yamaha P-155 digital piano with me on the day and set it up anywhere
you like. The sound of this instrument is exceptional. All the music
on this site was recorded on the Yamaha P-155. Please note that
there is no additional cost for this.
If you are looking for something more like a baby grand piano and
less like a keyboard then see below.
Baby Grand Piano Availaible From April 2014
From April 2014 a new digital baby grand piano will be available
for those occasions where a normal digital piano just doesn't look
quite right. It will only cost an additional £50 on top of
my playing fee to hire this new instrument. That is a small fraction
of what it would be to hire a grand piano from a supplier. Please
page for more information.
Telephone: 01342 835394
If the above email link doesn't work then please
use the email below:
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