PLAYING PIANO AT YOUR EVENT-
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO I USUALLY PLAY AT EVENTS?
I know thousands of songs. More often than not at events I concentrate on the "Great American Songbook", which includes the kind of songs you've heard Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Buble, Connick, Louis Armstrong, etc. perform. Gershwin, Cole Porter, Broadway show tunes, lots of old rock 'n' roll, Beatles, James Taylor, Carol King, some classical (often jazzed-up a bit), and stray songs from Scott Joplin to Charlie Brown and pop songs from all decades. I'm always happy to take requests.
SOME OF JONATHAN'S CLIENTS HAVE INCLUDED:
NBC, IBM, MERILL LYNCH, AMERICAN EXPRESS, THE PRODUCERS OF BROADWAY'S "CHICAGO" and "ANNIE GET YOUR GUN", COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, BLOOMINGDALE'S, CONDE NAST, (VANITY FAIR, BRIDES MAGAZINE), COTY (CHLOE FRAGRANCES), CONTITRADE FINANCIAL,
THE NEW YORK BAR ASSOCIATION, MASTER CARD, BAFTA (THE BRITISH FILM ACADEMY), CITIBANK, CHEMICAL BANK, ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY, DIPLOMATIC EVENTS FOR VARIOUS NATIONS, VIAS WINE IMPORTERS, THOMAS H. LEE CAPITAL/LEE EQUITY PARTNERS, PALOMA PICASSO, DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS (AND THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL), LOEHMANN'S DEPARTMENT STORES
SOME OF THE VENUES WHERE JONATHAN HAS PERFORMED:
The Rainbow Room, Tavern On The Green, The Waldorf-Astoria, 21, Sardi's, Gracie Mansion, The Pratt Mansion, Club Uraku in Tokyo, The Plaza Hotel, Windows On The World, Lutece, Museum Of Modern Art, The Planetarium (Museum Of Natural History), Per Se, The Harvard Club, The Water Club, The Four Seasons, The British Consulate, The Colony Club, The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Saks Fifth Avenue
As well as many other fine establishments and homes.
SOME OF THE PEOPLE OF NOTE FOR WHO I'VE PERFORMED:
New York Mayors Beame, Lindsay, Koch, Dinkins, Bloomberg, Alan Alda,Christina Applegate, Hank Azaria, Antonio Banderas, Christian Borle, Seagrams Chairman Edgar Bronfman, Violetta De Chamorro (President of Nicaragua), Stockard Channing, Kristin Chenoweth, Chuck Close (artist), Roy Cohn, Harry Connick Jr., Billy Crudup, Billy Crystal, Tim Curry, Brian Dennehy, Christine Ebersole, Melissa Errico, Gloria Steinem,, Tovah Feldshuh, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Fierstein, Loehmann's CEO Bob Friedman, Frank Gifford, Kathy Lee Gifford, Joanna Gleason,
Al Gore, Joel Gray, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Irwin, Hugh Jackman, James Earl Jones, Adnan Khashoggi, Kevin Kline, Frank Langella, Linda Lavin, Jack Lemmon, Judith Light, Robert Sean Leonard, Laura Linney, John Lithgow, William Ivey Long, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mike Myers, Mike Nichols, Cynthia Nixon, Bernadette Peters, Christopher Plummer, Amy Ryan, Salman Rushdie, Phylicia Rashad, Lynn Redgrave, Joan Rivers, Akika Noni Rose
Robert Rubin (Sec. of the Treasury), Marian Seldes, Brooke Shields,
Neil Simon, Jerry Stiller & Ann Meara, Hilary Swank, Kathleen Turner, Eli Wallach
Racquel Welch, Marisa Jarrett Winokur
"Thanks man for everything. You rock. Always the nicest to deal with, play piano like a champ and just always doing it right."
"The reviews are in: 'Where did you find the piano player...he was fantastic', 'He was just perfect...' 'He really knows his stuff...' Jonathan, without you, last night's party would not have been the smashing success that it turned out to be. You are absolutely wonderful and I sincerely thank you."
Vice President, Creative Director, PRI
"Jonathan Segal is a marvelous musician, and his trio creates a musical atmosphere that is intelligent, polished, and sophisticated. His repertoire is endless and he can tailor selections to create the mood you want. Is it cabaret you’re looking for? He can produce it. Sparkling conversations and smooth jazz? Done. Broadway standards to encourage singing? His finest. I would hire Jonathan over and over again. Events with him are completely warm, celebratory, and fun."
"Thanks so much for entertaining at our reception. Your song choices were terrific, and you accompanied all the singers perfectly. I won't be surprised at all if you get some bookings out of this."
-Pat and Susan
"You were sensational, fabulous...I could go on and on!"
We returned a few days ago from our Mexican "minimoon," and want to thank
you for keeping your voice in our heads throughout it!
Our guests keep calling to let us know how great, amazing, perfect you were.
And you were. And are!"
With love and deep thanks,
-- Rick and Becky
"We wanted to show our client how we appreciated their business. We succeeded, due to your talent and professionalism. Your performance at what could have been a common place corporate cocktail party turned it into a very special and memorable event! Usually, at these kinds of parties, people have a drink, gobble down hors d'ouvres and leave. Instead, this party went into overtime! Everyone enjoyed your music and enjoyed themselves. They relaxed and we got to see another side of our client. Thank you for making this a wonderful evening. Please add our name to your list of delighted corporate clients. you have our recommendation."
Global Account Manager, Octel Communications
"I just wanted to send you a note to thank you for performing so marvelously at my parent's 50th Anniversary party last October 5th. When I first started looking for a musician for the party I wanted someone to perform certain music in a special way. You far surpassed my expectations of that wish. You helped make my parents special night even more wonderful with your style, warmth, and professionalism. Not only were you a pleasure to listen to and chat with, but I never had to think about anything regarding the music during that evening. You just "did your thing". In planning this party I was hoping to have a good time myself. Because of your professionalism I was able to relax and enjoy the night. Your music encouraged people to dance and I was able to watch my parents dance together to such a lovely repertoire of songs. Again, thank you for adding to my parents special night by providing such outstanding and delightful music."
"I didn't have the chance to tell you how very pleased I was with your work on Sunday at The Waldorf-Astoria. you are a very talented performer and I
want to thank you again for all your effort.'
"Jonathan performed at our wedding reception. In meetings and conversations prior to the event, Jonathan was very professional and accommodating and was able to work in almost all of the songs we requested. As for the performance itself, Jonathan was magnificent. First off, he was very easy going and funny. He adjusted well to the ebb and flow of the party, and always played the right song at the right time. Second, he was very nice and accommodating when it came to people at the party getting up to sing. He showed tremendous creativity and flexibility. Finally, he was a hit with the few children at the event. The guests were very impressed, and so were we."
Your performance was absolutely wonderful at my daughter's wedding. Thank you not only for your unerringly right selection of songs, but also for selecting a bass player and drummer to complement you so perfectly. Everyone enjoyed the music and dancing (to think I was worried about people not dancing!) and especially your vocal interpretations. I had spent a happy number of months listening to, and enjoying your tape. It was a treat to hear you in person! Thanks again. You lived up to my every hope!
Jonathan darling, thank you so much for helping to make our day so special yesterday. So many guests were complimenting you. It was a pleasure doing business with you.