Steve Rice

Accordion from Philadelphia, PA - Will travel up to 500 miles
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About
Steve Rice is a versatile, talented, professional and personable accordionist/pianist available for a wide variety of events. NOW BASED IN PHILADELPHIA! Steve is a perfect choice to add an elegant international atmosphere to your event. What flavor are you looking to add to your party? -- French Cafe' Accordion? -- Romantic Italian Background? -- German Biergarden Polkas? -- Swinging Gypsy Jazz? -- Klezmer, Horas and Israeli Dances? -- Latin American Bossa Nova and Tango? - Steve has recording and performance experience in all of these and more.

Steve is rated Gigmasters #1 accordionist in North America for the fourth year in a row! Please check his client feedback to see referrals from many satisfied gigmasters customers.

Do you need a bigger band? Steve works regularly with top instrumentalists and vocalists and can expand his group to a duo, trio or nearly any size or instrumentation that your event requires.

Steve is also an award winning Jazz Pianist with many years of wedding and background experience. He is available to play your piano on-site, or provide his own high quality electric keyboard. Or consider expanding to a jazz duo, trio, quartet or more. Do you want to mix and match styles or instruments? No Problem! Different is good! Call to discuss your special needs!

Credits:

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SOLO PIANO - Solo Pianist for 4 years at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. Hundreds of satisfied clients at Weddings and Corporate events. Steve tours internationally part time as Pianist with the famous "Harry James Orchestra" under the direction of Fred Radke. Steve was winner of the "Oscar Peterson Award" at Berklee College of Music.

PIANO/GROUP - Steve leads several groups from the piano/keyboard including: THE STEVE RICE TRIO, a trio dedicated to the art of piano jazz, a popular choice for corporate receptions and private parties. RITMO SOL, a salsa/latin small combo. THE STEVE RICE SWINGTETTE, a versatile and creative swing/ballroom dance ensemble.

SINATRA STYLE SWING -
Steve is a key member of 2 Sinatra style swing bands in the Pacific NW: Half-Pack Live, a high energy Rat-pack revue, and Tony LaStella and the Goombas, a versatile, touring Italian-American show band. Please check related GigMasters press kits.

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STROLLING ACCORDION AND VIOLIN - Steve's strolling duo "The Neapolitones" is perfect for indoor and outdoor events. The duo draws on the wide variety of styles and material below:

FRENCH - Steve is currently a member of the popular French Cabaret Ensemble "ROUGE". He also appears as a solo accordionist at fine French Restaurants including "Maximilien" and "Cafe Campagne". Steve has appeared in concert and on record with notable French performers including Patrick Desaunay and Jean Jacques Perrey.

ITALIAN - Steve is touring pianist/accordionist with "Tony LaStella and the Goombas" and is featured accordionist on the "Italian in 10 Minutes a Day" audio CD set.

JEWISH/KLEZMER - Former touring member of "The Mazeltones" and the "Od Yishama Orchestra". Steve's newest Klezmer band Simchatonics is now booking events.

GERMAN/POLKA - Solo accordion, or as a band "Polka Madness". Numerous performances including "Prost", "Irish Oktoberfest" at Fado', corporate Oktoberfest performances for Microsoft, Virginia Mason and many retirement home dates throughout the year.

MEXICAN/LATIN - Steve appears with the "Bolero Brothers" at "Mr. Villa's Mexican Restaurant" with music including Mexican Polkas, Tangos, Romantic Boleros. Steve co-leads "Los Todos", a duo with Juan Barco, a nationally renowned Tejano guitarist, vocalist and Bajo Sexto master.

SALSA - Steve is pianist and director of Orquesta Camaleon, specializing in Salsa, Cuban Social Club and Latin music. Vocalist Elsie Cortes specializes in Cuban and Puerto Rican social club music and classic ballads and boleros. Steve was a touring pianist with the hit latin ensemble "Bochinche".

SWING - Steve has toured as pianist with the HARRY JAMES ORCHESTRA and the JIMMY DORSEY BAND, Steve fronts a versatile swing dance group, THE STEVE RICE SWINGTETTE

ZYDECO/CAJUN - Steve is front man for "Big Squeezy", an energetic and fun-loving Zydeco/Rockin' Accordion Band - featured at the 2006 "Taste of Edmonds", 2007 "Louiefest" 2008 "Louisianathon", 2009 "Westport Blues Festival" and zydeco dances throughout the Northwest.

COMPOSITION - Steve is available for custom composition projects and has a great library of original tracks available for your media project. Steve's original compositions have been heard on popular shows including: Sons of Anarchy, The Big Bang Theory, Smash, Revenge, How I Met Your Mother and more.
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100+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 10+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!
2011 - Top Accordionist
2010 - Top Accordionist
2009 - Top Accordionist
2008 - Top Accordionist
2007 - Top Accordionist

Wedding Cocktail Hour

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Steve was professional, polite, accommodating, and was loved by everybody at the cocktail hour for my daughter's wedding.

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Wedding Reception

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Steve was great and melded the evening perfectly serenading the guests and playing with charm and bursting with talent! Highly recommended. Cheers Steve.

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Wedding Ceremony

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The guests told me that the music was great.

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Wedding Cocktail Hour

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Steve was excellent! He performed amazingly! We're so grateful that he was a part of our special day. Several of our guests commented on his ability and his song choice--he was definitely a crowd-pleaser! Thank you to Steve for coming out and being a highlight of our wedding, and on his wife's birthday no less!

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Wedding Cocktail Hour

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Steve was amazing to work with. He was accommodating with my bride and groom's music requests, no matter what it was. He was super friendly, professional, and played his music perfectly! I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone, and will be using him again at future events!!!

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Steve was the highlight of our event. Our 80 year-old German Mother was absolutely thrilled with his Bavarian Polka Music. It wasn't long before everyone was singing along and out of their seats dancing! We couldn't have been happier with Steve's performance.

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Funeral

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Steve, sorry I meant to send this to you earlier. The whole funeral thing was kind of a daze. I've never done that before and don't look forward to doing it again. But I really appreciated your willingness to play for us. I thought the timing of Amazing Grace at the end of the service was perfect, the accordion blended in wonderfully with the mood, and it was very sensitively but professionally done. Thank you very much, Chuck

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Oktoberfest Party

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Steve was perfect for our Oktoberfest themed event. He is a very talented accordianist, and was thoroughly enjoyed by our guests. Thanks Steve, if we do another Oktoberfest party, we'll definitely be calling you!

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Oktoberfest Party

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Steve was extremely friendly with our guests, in fact during his 15 minute break he sat and chatted with folks who were intereseted in learning more about him. He called the day before the event to make sure there were no last minute requests we had. I will definately be recommending him to other professionals in my field for events and I'm sure we will use him again in the future.

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Wedding Reception

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Steve absolutely kicked off the start of our wedding celebration to perfection. He performed a wonderful selection of songs that captured the essence of my ethnicity (Croatian gypsy) and shared that with our party guests. I only wish that my elderly Croatian relatives were able to travel from the east coast to polka and fast-waltz right along with Steve, they would've loved it. Puno hvala/Thanks alot Steve! Chris and Shanti Zilich

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2019
Oct
13
Birthday Party (Adult)
Clifton, NJ
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2019
Sep
29
Wedding
Philadelphia, PA
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2019
Mar
31
Concert
Wilmington, DE
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
2019
Jan
15
Anniversary Party
Morrisville, PA
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
2018
Jun
15
Rehearsal Dinner
Chadds Ford, PA
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2018
May
12
Bridal Shower
Philadelphia, PA
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2018
Feb
24
Wedding Reception
Wilmington, DE
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2017
Oct
21
Celebration
Bristol, PA
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
2017
Oct
15
Oktoberfest Party
Wayne, PA
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2016
Sep
17
Oktoberfest Party
Willow Grove, PA
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2015
Oct
22
Celebration
Monroe Township, NJ
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
2014
Oct
16
Private Party
Somers Point, NJ
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
La Boheme
French Top 10 Charles Aznavour
La Mer
French Top 10 Charles Trenet
La Vie En Rose
French Top 10 Edith Piaf
Nuages
French Top 10 Django Reinhardt
No Regrets
French Top 10 Edith Piaf
Padam
French Top 10 Edith Piaf
Sous Le Ciel De Paris
French Top 10 Edith Piaf
Un Homme Et Une Femme
French Top 10 Francis Lai
Indifference
French Top 10 Tony Murena
Valse d'Amelie
French Top 10 Yann Tiersen
Chicken Dance
German Top 10
Happy Wanderer
German Top 10
Edelweiss
German Top 10
Barbara Polka
German Top 10
Danke Schoen
German Top 10
In Munchen Steht Ein Hofbrau Haus
German Top 10
In Heaven There is No Beer
German Top 10
Pennsylvania Polka
German Top 10
Beer Barrel Polka
German Top 10 Frankie Yankovic
Clarinet Polka
German Top 10 Lawrence Welk
Mattinata
Italian Top 10
Mambo Italiano
Italian Top 10
Eh Cumpari
Italian Top 10
Volare
Italian Top 10
Oh Sole Mio
Italian Top 10
Speak Softly Love
Italian Top 10
Funiculi Funicula
Italian Top 10
Oh Marie
Italian Top 10
Malafemmena
Italian Top 10
Con Te Partiro
Italian Top 10 / Andrea Bocelli
It's Only A Paper Moon
Swing Top 10
Stompin' At The Savoy
Swing Top 10
Satin Doll
Swing Top 10
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Swing Top 10
Bye Bye Blackbird
Swing Top 10
Summer Wind
Swing Top 10
I've Got You Under My Skin
Swing Top 10
Old Devil Moon
Swing Top 10
Fly Me To The Moon
Swing Top 10 Frank Sinatra
It Had To Be You
Swing Top 10 Harry Connick Jr.
Tulpen Aus Amsterdam
world - Dutch
Miserlou
world - Greek
Yoshki Yoshki
world - Klezmer
Sabor A Mi
world - Latin
De Que Manera Te Olvido
world - Latin
Javano, Jovanke
world - Macedonian
Las Perlas
world - Mariachi
Cielo Rojo
world - Mexican
Balen I Karlstad
world - Norwegian
Los Bilbilicos
world - Sephardic
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Bachelor Parties
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Halloween Parties
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Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Steve Rice will also travel to Langhorne, Trevose, Bensalem, Bryn Athyn, Feasterville Trevose, Huntingdon Valley, Beverly, Croydon, Holland, Abington, Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Levittown, Riverside, Riverton, Bristol, Elkins Park, Hatboro, Palmyra, Richboro, Warminster, Willow Grove, Wyncote, Burlington, Glenside, Willingboro, Dresher, Fairless Hills, Horsham, Moorestown.
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