Entertainment by JC Smith - Pianist/Vocalist

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N2L 1V4, Canada(View Map)

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Greetings and salutations! My name is JC Smith. I am a professional pianist/vocalist, and I would love to have the opportunity and privilege of performing for you, and for any and all events, occasions, and celebrations. Allow me to tell you about myself. I have been entertaining for over 40 years(!), ever since the age of 15(I'm 57), when I made my debut at The Arlington Hotel in my hometown of Paris, Ontario. I continued onward and upwards in hotels in the Brant County area, until I began appearing in Royal Canadian Legions all around Southern Ontario, including Brantford, Woodstock, Ingersoll, Tillsonburg, London, Simcoe, Dundas, Hamilton, Burlington, Cambridge, Guelph, and Kitchener/Waterloo. At the same time I frequented many other Service/Veterans Clubs, such as Navy Clubs, Army & Air Force Veterans, Imperial Veterans, as well as UAW Halls, and Moose Lodges. Quite the auspicious beginning, and a great training ground for a very young musician! From there I graduated to restaurants and piano bars/lounges. It was at this time, in 1982, that the famous The Olde School Restaurant in Brantford opened.(The Queen of England dined there in 1997!) I became the resident pianist, appearing there for 10 straight years, 6 nights a week, from 7:00pm - 1:00am. Quite the tenure! I returned to The Olde School in 1997, and played Sunday Brunch for another 10 years. In 1992, I began a 25 year committment with over 350 Retirement/Nursing Homes all across the province of Ontario, performing at facilities from Windsor to Ottawa, and each and every point in between, presenting 3 one hour shows in 3 different spots in another various town or city every day, mornings, afternoons, and evenings, resulting in over 90 engagements each month. It entailed every possible occasion, Birthday Parties, Happy Hours, Afternoon Socials, Gourmet Dinners, Pub Nights, full concerts, and all of the various seasonal celebrations like Christmas, New Year's Eve, Robbie Burn's Day, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Strawberry Socials, Canada Day, Thanksgiving, and Halloween. I have loved the job and the people, even though it demanded driving over 125,000 kms every year! However, I am now cutting back on the expansive Ontario travelling, and am performing within a 150 kms radius of my home here in Waterloo. And, while continuing my Retirement/Nursing Homes bookings, I am also exploring new horizons and venues. The emphasis and key in my program and shows is a huge repertoire and versatility. My advertised forte is the musical history of The Great American Songbook. This has, of course, been covered by the greats such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Al Jolson, Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Vic Damone, Eddie Fisher, Tony Bennett, and Bobby Darin. More recently it has continued to be recorded by Rod Stewart, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble, Robbie Williams, Seth MacFarlane, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Krall, Amy Winehouse, and Lady Gaga. It involves the superlative works of the greatest 20th Century songwriters, including Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Gus Kahn, Hoagy Charmichael, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Harry Warren, Johnny Burke, Johnny Mercer, Sammy Cahn, Jules Styne, Lerner and Loewe, Henry Mancini, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, and Burt Bacharach and Hal David, among so many others. And, of course, I also complement my musical stock with tunes from the 1960's to the present day with songs from the categories of pop, jazz, country, movie soundtracks, and Broadway, and requests for any song to make your event special. Most recently, combined with my Retirement/Nursing Home performances, I have also performed at The Sanderson Centre in Brantford, The Centre In The Square in Kitchener, and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. And, I also appear every Saturday night at 17 Steak House & Bar in Mississauga, an absolutely beautiful restaurant, located on Dixie Rd., with 35,000 square feet on 2 levels, over 300 tables, and a Baldwin Baby Grand Piano. Wow! I should be paying them!(lol!) I am adept and adaptable to either an in house piano, or, I have my wonderful Yamaha p115 88 keys Digital Piano, which sounds like a baby grand, and has the ability to add in a beautiful string section, among other instruments. I also have my own great, very compact sound system. My phone number is 519-804-4869, and my email is jcsmith473@yahoo.com I hope that I may have touched a "chord" within you. Music has been my lifelong passion, and passing it along to others is my reward. Thank you, and I look forward to possibly hearing from you, and, even better, being able to provide you with some great, quality entertainment. I am, faithfully yours in music,

JC Smith

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