Performing as a Pianist and Jazz Band in Bournemouth and Poole
My name is Eugene Portman and I always look forward to visiting Bournemouth as a pianist for weddings and events. The area has an amazing variety of venues and I have performed in many of them. In fact, I once heard that Bournemouth has more hotels per square mile than any other part of the UK. I don’t know whether this is true, but there is certainly a lot of choice. As well as hotels, Bournemouth and Poole have a great number of cafes, restaurants, pubs, and bars.
I play the piano for many weddings in Bournemouth, but I also perform for many other types of events. These include birthday parties, music festivals, product launches, staff parties and corporate events.
Most of the weddings and events I’ve done in the Bournemouth area have involved me performing as a solo pianist. However, I offer a full range of line-ups and these are as follows:
- Duo – piano and vocals or piano and bass
- Trio – piano, bass and vocals or piano, bass and drums
- Quartet – piano, bass, drums and vocals or piano, bass, drums and sax
- Five Piece Jazz Band – piano, bass, drums, sax and vocals
If you contact me I can help you choose a line-up that will match both your budget and available space at your chosen venue.
There is a thriving jazz scene in the Bournemouth area and this has provided a source of work to me as a pianist. As a matter of fact, I have always loved jazz and my jazz piano style has developed through listening to the great pianists of the past. These pianists include George Gershwin, Erroll Garner, and Oscar Peterson. All these pianists had a melodic style of piano playing which I have tried to emulate.
Because I do a lot of work as a wedding pianist in the Bournemouth and Poole areas, I have to be versatile. In other words, I have to be adept at many styles of music in order to play for the different parts of the wedding day. It isn’t uncommon for couples to request different styles of music for each part of their special day. For instance, classical music is a popular choice for ceremonies while jazz is definitely the in-thing for drinks receptions. Also, the wedding breakfast would probably require a different style of music from the evening reception. Fortunately, I play many styles of music including pop, classical, rock, blues, Latin, and even singalong.
Performing as a Sing-along Pianist in the Bournemouth Area
The demand for me as a singalong pianist in Bournemouth has been a recent trend and occasionally this has been for weddings. Although, I have played this music for the occasional wedding, the events that need this sort of entertainment tend to be informal.
Please see Singalong Page for more information about this. Alternatively, you can visit www.uksingalongpianist.co.uk and find out when I’m next performing as a sing-along pianist in the Bournemouth area.
Here are some of the venues in Bournemouth and Poole here I have performed as a wedding pianist:
- Carrington House Hotel, Knyveton Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3QQ
- Gala Casino Bournemouth 48 Westover Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2BZ
- Royal Bath Hotel (The), Bath Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2EW
- The Porterhouse, 113 Poole Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH4 9BG
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