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Chicago Jazz Pianists

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Jon Novi
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bruce D.
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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.

Piano Performance Lessons
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Marija B.
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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!

  • 21 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Jonathan C.
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Margarita is amazing and I have only had one lesson so far. This is so great, I don't even know where to start. I decided to actually have 2 lessons per week already instead of just 1 to see where that takes me because I feel like may be actually do something with my voice with Margarita as my instructor. She knows how to improve the quality of your voice with special techniques and I would actually know because I ran an opera company and I'm a professional pianist. She has a great personality to go along with it, has fun with it and knows how to make you feel comfortable during the session which is what you should want if you are taking lessons. I didn't know what to expect and was nervous before Margarita came but now I'm definitely not nervous anymore. My goal is to be able to play piano and sing at the same time and I will hopefully be able to do that at some point. If you are looking for an instructor, look no further!

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Jerry D. Tiberi
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nate G.
Verified review

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!

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Paul William
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John B.
Verified review

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.

Alyssa Conde
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew M.
Verified review

Alyssa was my pianist for my artist diploma recital back in March 2016. She was super flexible with my busy schedule, was always prepared for our rehearsals, and most importantly she plays incredibly well with so much love for the music. It's hard to find much better. :)

Greg Jacks Music Studio
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Joshua R.
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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.

  • 5 years in business
Jacob S.
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Clarke is a very talented pianist!

Dave Brandwein Music
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Fraline J A.
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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.

Max Bessesen
5.0
from 10 reviews
    Chase K.
    Verified review

    I love jazz and the newer styles these musicians were playing. 10/10!!!

    Darwin Records & Live Music
    5.0
    from 10 reviews
    • 28 years in business
    Susie M.
    Verified review

    I have worked with Suede Stout for more than 20 years. He is a skilled & highly professional musician, capable of performing for any event you can create…birthdays to weddings, small cafes to galas. He will not disappoint you with his eclectic tastes is music, from classic jazz to rock & roll. I guarantee you will get up & dance!

    Nick Roach Music
    5.0
    from 8 reviews
    • 19 hires on Thumbtack
    Carlos C.
    Verified review

    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.

    • 17 years in business
    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Joshua F.
    Verified review

    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.

    • 8 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Sonia S.
    Verified review

    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

    Zazz
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 10 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Robert V.
    Verified review

    Zazz was the perfect sound for our reception. They were warm yet professional. They were on time, played well and brought with them a great song list of standards.

    Jeff Manuel Pianist
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 48 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Jennifer K.
    Verified review

    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.

    • 8 years in business
    Tammy S.
    Verified review

    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.

    About

    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.

    About

    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.

    About

    I offer private piano lessons to students of all ages. I also play the harp for private events and wedding ceremonies.

    About

    I'm a keyboard/piano player. I write music/beats. I mostly write music, not vocals. I like all styles of music and am capable of writing most styles. This includes pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B, etc. I am also a DJ. Mostly, I am looking to write music with other talented people.

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