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Our daughter (Kivi) started with the recorder in 4th grade, and soon graduated to clarinet. By Middle School, she was taking lessons from a classical teacher who advanced her skills markedly. Upon reaching high school, she was in demand by the jazz band - whose leader persuaded her to take up the saxophone. Kivi loved the sax, and loved jazz, but clarinet remained her first instrument. I thought of the great jazz clarinet players: Pete Fountain at the top of a substantial list. But we could find no one who could teach jazz clarinet. Finally, we attended an event at VanderCook, and one of the presenters gave us Jon's name. Kivi studied with Jon for about two years. I was disappointed with the amount of time Kivi had to spend practicing Jon's lessons - what high schooler has time for anything? Nevertheless, Kivi learned a great deal from Jon, and was the only student to ever perform a clarinet solo in our high school's jazz band history ("Jack the Bear"). Jon was unique in my experience in that he taught what Kivi wanted to learn - rather than imposing a rigid course of instruction. If you are considering private lessons that offer something both valuable and unique, please look no further than Jon Novi.
I would like to recommend piano teacher Mr. Jesus Garcia as an outstanding instructor and pianist. He is also very patient and always strives to create the best possible approach to each student individually. I have been very pleased with Mr. Garcia and I am looking forward to more collaboration with him!
Clarke is a very talented pianist!
Jerry and the trio were a perfect fit for our event. They provided excellent music and adjusted their volume to the room perfectly. I would highly recommend the trio to anyone looking for solid jazz musicians! Our cocktail party was a huge success and I know Jerry and the gang played a huge role in this. Thanks again guys!
Kathryn was exactly what I envisioned when I set out to find a jazz singer for my father in law's birthday party. Her voice is seriously gorgeous and she was very easy to work with. She was flexible with me throughout our time planning the gig and was able to accommodate all of my requests. While her song list is quite vast, there were a few special tunes she specifically learned for this event and they sounded fabulous. She found the perfect accompaniment in a very talented guitar player as well. Throughout the time Kathryn performed and for hours afterwards I received compliments from other guests for finding such a talented duo. The men and women alike were very impressed with the quality of music, song selections, appearance, and demeanor of both musicians. Everyone thought the music really added something special to the party. Most importantly, my father in law was absolutely amazed with what wound up being the perfect gift for him. He was very impressed and I was so happy to see his face when Kathryn sang one of the songs she especially learned for us. He'll never forget it. I'd hire Kathryn again in a heartbeat.
Dave Brandwein has worked with our son since 2012. He was 12 years old when he began taking lessons and he is now a senior in high school. Dave's drum instruction is exceptional and helped our son matriculate into elite jazz and ensemble programs. Dave is always professional and has a great one-on-one relationship with our son.
Nick and his mate, Sam showed up on time....ready to work and continued to play three sets during a three hour period. This is my first time hiring a band for my personal party and I could not have worked with a better pair. I will definitely use him again. Well worth the money. Nice guys and open to my inexperienced suggestions. Lol! And I haven't even mention the quality of their music (jazz) was outstanding. They were the hit and highlight of the party.
Have known Michael for many years! Have listened to many Piano concerts through that Michael has performed in! He was the pianist at my church for many years! Michael also filled in for our music minister when he was not there! Including holding choir and worship team practices! He is an exceptional musician! He also gave Piano lessons for many years! Very gifted young man! Craig Tucker
More than just a teacher. I took guitar lessons with Paul for eight years. He helped me realize my natural ear for music, and allowed me to figure out what I wanted to learn. Our lessons were always different. Sometimes I would bring in songs that I wanted to learn, and sometimes he would have things he thought I should know how to play, which helped me learn similar songs later on. When I was applying to college and needed to learn how to read music and play jazz guitar, he tailored all of our lessons so that I could learn those techniques quickly and most importantly, efficiently. Paul's personality transcends the teacher-student relationship, which allowed he and I to become very good friends. Paul William is an excellent teacher for whatever you need to learn. You can't go wrong taking lessons from him.
Greg is very personable and patient, and knowledgeable. He is a professional pianist as well as a teacher, so he brings an extra element of skill and experience to his teaching.
Matt's a very sharp guy, and he explains things in a way that always seems to make perfect sense. I'm also very impressed by how he is a master of all styles, and doesn't just specialize in playing/teaching 1-2 styles like most teachers. I've learned a little bit of rock, blues, classical guitar, and jazz in just 5 weeks worth of lessons.
Bill Todd is an incredible piano teacher! His method of combining piano techniques, music theory, and ear training are exactly what each student needs to become a well-rounded pianist. If you are interested in taking lessons, whether you are an advanced pianist or a beginner, Bill Todd Piano Studios is the right decision!
When you first listen to his music you think he's this old dude playing the saxophone, but he's not , he's a young black man with talent beyond his years. He has a gift and a talent that shines in him. I've always liked jazz, but after listening to Rico Maatre, i like it even better.
My kids are taking her lessons. She is patient and thoughtful. After all, she is a gifted pianist. We are very happy to work with her.
Did a great job working with the students in my middle school jazz ensemble. He helped students form combos and did a great job helping young trumpet players develop their range and sound.
Suena Latin Jazz was the perfect choice for our fundraising event. They arrived on time and played exactly the style of music we requested. Not only are they professional and extremely talented, they are an authentic, engaging and charming group of musicians. We look forward to hiring them for future events. Thank you Armando Pérez! Sonia Sotello - Marketing & Communications at Gift of Hope
Dear Mike and Dave, Thank you both so much for a wonderful evening of entertainment. As the event planner for our company it is always hard to know what type of entertainment will work with our large and diverse group needless to say you guys knocked it out of the park. First with the Jazz music during our social and dinner, then with the dueling pianos after dinner. I love how you worked the crowd and got everyone involved the best was the little cow bell competition you started between both of our presidents! It is always a good time when you can see top executives of a company let loose and have fun. :) Everyone had such a blast, I will definitely keep you guys at the top of my list for next time.
We were thrilled with Jeff! He was very professional, and easy to work with from start to finish. He arrived early for the event, and his wonderful music created just the atmosphere I was looking for. He went above and beyond to help create a memorable evening for all.
Great guys and great music. Highly recommended.
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I have 12 years of classical training and performance and two years of improvisational solo performance. The venues include Davenport's Piano Bar and Cabaret, Northbrook Court, open houses, improv comedy show accompaniment and private events.
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I am a solo pianist. The genres of music I can play include jazz, rock, new age, Christian, gospel, southern gospel, and pop. I am 18 years old and have been playing for 11 years. I have had the opportunity to play with well-known musicians. Music is one of my greatest passions.