Hi, my name is Eugene Portman and music has always been my passion. I started playing the piano at when I was seven and from then on I wanted to become a professional pianist. I started off learning classical music but I always had a keen interest in jazz. I now work as a pianist pianist in London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hertfordshire, Hampshire, Berkshire and other areas of the UK. I am often hired as a wedding pianist, but I can also provide music or entertainment for any party or event. I specialise in mellow jazz piano and my my involvement in the contemporary & jazz music scene includes performing as a 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 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 at www.eugeneportman.co.uk.
Please note that I am always willing to learn any requests that you may have.
My work as a wedding pianist
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 weddings and civil partnerships. 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 all of them. With such a large number of venues it's not surprising that there are so many weddings there. 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 wedding page for more information.
I've mentioned Essex and London, but Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hertfordshire, Hampshire and Berkshire also provide me with plenty of piano work.
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).
Here are some of the venues where I have performed both with the jazz band as a solo pianist:
London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE
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 4AY
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 KT24 6DU
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
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. 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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Here are some pages that show some of the areas I cover as a pianist:
Semper Fidelis, Wiremill Lane, Newchapel, Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6HJ
110 -112 London Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 1EP