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James Lent - Pianist and Entertainer

Pianist from Los Angeles, CA Will travel up to 120 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 122 Reviews
  • 235 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2003
  • 6 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $200 per event

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Pianist and Keyboardist James Lent is experienced in performing in all genres for weddings, concerts, events, and in groups including pop, classical, jazz, and Broadway. Any requests can be accommodated. James is currently on the faculty of UCLA as the head of collaborative piano and vocal coach for the music department, and as coordinator of staff pianists, vocal coach, and musical director at AMDA, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood. He frequently performs throughout Southern California, and recently in venues including the Beverly Hills Hilton, House of Blues, LA Live, and the Ritz Carlton Hotel. James is available by solo or he can provide additional performers including strings, drums, winds, and/or brass. He has also served on the summer faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA as pianist and opera coach for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and the Napa Music Festival. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Yale School of Music in Piano Performance. As a musical director he has directed and played for productions of Spamilton, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweet Charity, Willy Wonka, West Side Story, Seussical, Amda's Toonsical, Rent, and for the LA Stage Star Competition. As a pianist he has also performed in productions of Cabaret, Chicago, Chess, A Chorus Line, The Fantasticks, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Oklahoma. As a concerto soloist, Mr. Lent made his Alabama Symphony debut performing Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2 to critical acclaim on 24 hours' notice to replace Andre Watts. James' numerous piano awards include prizes in the New York Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the National Chopin Competition, and the Washington International Piano Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Mr. Lent's other orchestral appearances include the Vancouver Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Torrence Symphony, the Utah Symphony and the Florida West Coast Symphony. His solo recital appearances include performances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Lubeck, Germany; for the National Chopin Foundation in Miami, a Boston recital debut at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he gave the world premiere of a new work written for him by noted contemporary American composer Frederic Rzewski. His performances have been heard on New York's WQXR and National Public Radio's Performance Today. Mr. Lent was invited to participate in the Pierre Boulez Workshop for Instrumentalists and Conductors at Carnegie Hall where he performed with the renowned Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of Maestro Boulez in a sold-out concert at Weill Recital Hall. Mr. Lent was a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Dr. Lent is a native of Houston where he attended the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the University of Houston. Since completing his Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale, Dr. Lent has been based in Los Angeles.

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Review by Michelle S.

FuneralReviewed on March 3, 2021From Hollywood, CA

James and a singer recommended by him, Elise Carver, are wonderful. Unfortunately it was a sad occasion, but they were on time, respectful and accommodating. The music was lovely, They are talented. They even learned new songs for the funeral at the request of the family. James was also super easy to work with and very responsive, which, as a planner, I appreciated. The music flowed naturally and there weren't long breaks when James was supposed to be playing. I would highly recommend James (and Elise if you need a singer too) and fully intend to use them again.

Review by Spenser J.

Private PartyReviewed on September 13, 2020From Camarillo, CA

Wonderful performer! James is very professional and engaging with his audience. He was also able to accommodate all of my requests! Definitely will be hiring him again!

Review by Melissa K.

Private PartyReviewed on May 20, 2020From Los Altos, CA

Wow! What a wonderful evening made special by a virtual private concert with James. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and James left us spellbound with his skill and artistry. We also loved the opportunity to chat with James about his craft. We can’t wait to hear him play again in person! Highly recommend this for anyone who loves music and gifts outside the box during shelter in place!

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  • LA LA Land Medley | Various
  • Hamilton Medley | Lin Miranda
  • A Total Eclipse of the Heart | Bonnie Tyler
  • A Whole New World | Aladdin
  • Ain't Misbehavin | Standard
  • Air on the G String | Bach
  • All I Ask of You | Lloyd Webber
  • All That Jazz | Kanders and Ebb
  • All in the Family | TV
  • All of Me | Standard
  • All the Things You Are | Jerome Kern
  • Anthem | Chess
  • Anything Goes | Cole Porter
  • As Time Goes By | from Casablanca
  • At Last | Standard
  • Autumn Leaves | Standard
  • Be My Friend (The Facebook Song) | Pasek and Paul
  • Be Our Guest | Beauty and the Beast
  • Beautiful | Christina Aguilera
  • Beauty and the Beast | Disney
  • Begin the Beguine | Cole Porter
  • Bennie and the Jets | Elton John
  • Bewitched | Standard
  • Big Spender | from Sweet Charity
  • Boogie Wonderland | Earth Wind and Fire
  • Bridal Chorus | Wagner
  • By the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz | Strauss/Schulz-Evler
  • Cabaret | Kanders and Ebb
  • California Dreamin | Mamas and the Papas
  • California Girls | Beach Boys
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight | Elton John
  • Can't Help Lovin that Man of Mine | Jerome Kern
  • Can't Take My Eyes Off You | Frankie Valli
  • Canon in D | Pachabel
  • Chariots of Fire | from Chariots of Fire
  • Cheers "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" | TV
  • Clair de Lune | Claude Debussy
  • Climb Every Mountain | Rodgers and Hammerstein
  • Clocks | Coldplay
  • Concerto No. 1 in Bb Minor, Op. 23 | Tchaikovsky
  • Concerto No. 2 in C Minor | Rachmaininoff
  • Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 | Mozart
  • Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26 | Prokofieff
  • Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 | Beethoven
  • Concerto in A Minor | Grieg
  • Copacabana | Barry Manilow
  • Crazy | Patsy Cline
  • Crazy | Gnarls Barkley
  • Crocodile Rock | Elton John
  • Cry Me A River | Standard
  • Dancing Queen | ABBA
  • Daylight | Coldplay
  • Delovely | Cole Porter
  • Do Re Mi | The Sound of Music
  • Don't Cry for me Argentina | Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Don't Get Around Much Anymore | Standard
  • Don't Stop Believing | Journey
  • Don't go Breaking my Heart | Elton John
  • Ebony and Ivory | Wonder/McCartney
  • Evergreen | Barbara Streisand
  • Flintstones | TV
  • Fly Me To The Moon | Standard
  • For the Longest Time | Billy Joel
  • Forget You | C Lo Green
  • Funkytown | Lipps
  • Fur Elise | Beethoven
  • Get Me To The Church On Time | Lerner and Loewe
  • Ghostbusters | Ray Charles
  • Girl from Ipanema | Standard
  • Golden Girls | TV
  • Good Vibrations | Beach Boys
  • Grand Polonaise Brilliante, Op. 22 | Chopin
  • Greased Lightning | John Travolta
  • Great Balls of Fire | Jerry Lewis
  • Gymnopedie No. 1 | Satie
  • Hey Jude | Beatles
  • Holiday | Madonna
  • Hot Stuff | Donna Summer
  • I Am 16 Going on 17 | from The Sound of Music
  • I Am a Catholic | Alter Boyz
  • I Could Have Danced All Night | Lerner and Loewe
  • I Feel Pretty | Bernstein
  • I Get A Kick Out of You | Cole Porter
  • I Guess That's Why they Call it the Blues | Elton John
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine | Marvin Gaye
  • I Just Called to Say I Love You | Stevie Wonder
  • I Love A Piano | Irving Berlin
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand | Beatles
  • I Will Always Love You | Whitney Houston
  • I Will Survive | Gloria Gaynor
  • I Write the Songs | Barry Manilow
  • I'll Be There | Michael Jackson
  • I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair | Standard
  • I've Got Rhythm | Gershwin
  • I've Got You Under My Skin | Cole Porter
  • If I Ain't Got You | Alicia Keys
  • If I Only Had A Brain | from The Wizard of Oz
  • Imagine | John Lennon
  • Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream | Mendelssohn
  • It Had to be You | Harry Connick Jr.
  • It's Raining Men | Weather Girls
  • It's Small World After All | Disney
  • It's Still Rock and Roll to Me | Billy Joel
  • James Bond Theme | James Bond
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring | Bach
  • Just the Way You Are | Billy Joel
  • La Vie Rose | Standard
  • Lady Marmelade | Christina Aguilera
  • Last Dance | Donna Summer
  • Laverne and Shirley | TV
  • Le Jazz Hot | Standard
  • Life On Mars | David Bowie
  • Like A Prayer | Madonna
  • Like A Virgin | Madonna
  • Little Shop of Horrors | from Little Shop of Horrors
  • Living on a Prayer | Bon Jovi
  • Love Boat | TV
  • Love Will Keep Us Together | Captain and Tennille
  • Love and Marriage | from Married With Children
  • Luck be a Lady | Standard
  • Macho Man | Village People
  • Makin Whoopie | Standard
  • Making Love Out of Nothing At All | Air Supply
  • Malaquena | Lecuona
  • Mamma Mia | ABBA
  • Man That Got Away | Judy Garland
  • Man on the Moon | REM
  • Manic Monday | Bangles
  • Maple Leaf Rag | Scott Joplin
  • Material Girl | Madonna
  • Maybe This Time | Kanders and Ebb
  • Memory | Lloyd Webber
  • Misty | as arranged by Oscar Peterson
  • Monster Mash
  • Monticello | Pasek and Paul
  • Moon River | from Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Movin On Up | TV
  • Music of the Night | Lloyd Webber
  • My Favorite Things | from The Sound of Music
  • My Funny Valentine | Standard
  • My Girl | Temptations
  • My Heart Belongs to Daddy | Cole Porter
  • My Heart Will Go On | Celine Dion
  • My Man | Judy Garland
  • My Way | Frank Sinatra
  • Neutron Dance | Pointer Sisters
  • New York, New York | Frank Sinatra
  • Nine to Five | Dolly Parton
  • Nutcracker Suite | Tchaikovsky
  • On My Own | from Les Miserables
  • On the Street Where You Live | Lerner and Loewe
  • One Moment in Time | Whitney Houston
  • One Singular Sensation | from A Chorus Line
  • Open Arms | Journey
  • Our Love is Here to Stay | Standard
  • Over the Rainbow | Judy Garland
  • Part of Your World | Disney
  • Phantom of the Opera | Lloyd Webber
  • Philadelphia Freedom | Elton John
  • Piano Man | Billy Joel
  • Play That Funky Music
  • Please Don't Say No | from
  • Purple People Eater
  • Rainbow Connection | from The Muppet Movie
  • Reverie | Debussy
  • Rhapsody in Blue | George Gershwin
  • Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini | Rachmaninoff
  • Rock the Boat
  • Rocket Man | Elton John
  • Rondo Capriciosso, Op. 14 | Mendelssohn
  • Rondo alla Turca | Mozart
  • Route 66 | Standard
  • Sara Lee | Kanders and Ebb
  • Satisfaction | Rolling Stones
  • Saving All My Love for You | Whitney Houston
  • Sesame Street | TV
  • Sign Your Name | Terrance Trent Darby
  • Sit Down You're Rockin the Boat
  • Smooth Operator | Sade
  • Some Enchanted Evening | Rodgers and Hart
  • Someday my Prince Will Come | from Snow White
  • Someone Like You | Adele
  • Someone to Watch Over Me | Gershwin
  • Somewhere | Bernstein
  • Somewhere My Love | Standard
  • Somewhere That's Green | from Little Shop of Horrors
  • Somewhere in Time | from Somewhere in Time
  • Stand By Me | Ben E King
  • Stardust | Hoagy Carmichael
  • Stop in the Name of Love | Supremes
  • Stormy Weather | Standard
  • Strangers in the Night | Frank Sinatra
  • Summer Nights | Grease
  • Summertime | Gershwin
  • Super Bass | Nicki Minaj
  • Superstition | Stevie Wonder
  • Surfin USA | Beach Boys
  • Sweet Child of Mine | Bon Jovi
  • Sweet Love | Anita Baker
  • Tea for Two | Standard
  • That's Amore | Frank Sinatra
  • The Addams Family | from The Addams Family
  • The Brady Bunch Theme | from The Brady Bunch
  • The Entertainer | Scott Joplin
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face | Roberta Flack
  • The Main Event | Barbara Streisand
  • The Man I Love | Gershwin
  • The Search is Over | Surivivor
  • The Sound of Music | Rodgers and Hammerstein
  • The Swan | Saint-Saens
  • The Way We Were | Barbara Streisand
  • There's No Business Like Show Business | Standard
  • They Can't Take That Away from Me | Gershwin
  • Thousand Miles | Vanessa Carlton
  • Thriller | Michael Jackson
  • Through the Eyes of Love | from Ice Castles
  • Time After Time | Cyndi Lauper
  • Tits and Ass | Marvin Hamlish
  • Tomorrow | from Annie
  • Tonight (from West Side Story) | Bernstein
  • Traumerai (Dreams of Love) | Schumann
  • Twist and Shout | Beatles
  • Under the Rainbow | Judy Garland
  • Variations on the Pink Panther | Mancini/Lent
  • Vision of Love | Mariah Carey
  • Walk of Life | Dire Straits
  • Waltzes in Ab, Eb, and Db (Minute Waltz) | Chopin
  • Water Music | Handel
  • We Are Family
  • Wedding March | Wagner
  • What A Wonderful World | Standard
  • What I Did for Love | Bacharach
  • When I Fall in Love | Harry Connick Jr.
  • When I'm 64 | Beatles
  • When You Wish Upon a Star | Disney
  • Witchcraft | Frank Sinatra
  • Xanadu | Olivia Newton John
  • YMCA | Village People
  • You Make Me Feel So Young | Standard
  • You Raise Me Up | Josh Grobin
  • You're the Inspiration | Chicago
  • You're the Top | Cole Porter
  • Your Song | Elton John

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Past Events

May 6, 2022 • Fundraiser
Fri5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Laguna Niguel, CA
October 16, 2021 • Art Gallery Opening
Sat5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Redlands, CA
August 28, 2021 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Woodland Hills, CA
March 3, 2021 • Funeral
Wed2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Hollywood, CA
September 13, 2020 • Private Party
Sun2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Camarillo, CA
May 20, 2020 • Private Party
Wed7:30 PM - 9:00 PM Los Altos, CA
March 1, 2020 • Wedding
Sun3:30 PM - 6:00 PM El Monte, CA
September 21, 2019 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Beverly Hills, CA
June 22, 2019 • Graduation Party
Sat5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Dana Point, CA
June 1, 2019 • Funeral
Sat3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Glendale, CA
December 8, 2018 • Private Party
Sat7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Studio City, CA
October 20, 2018 • Anniversary Party
Sat5:30 PM - 10:30 PM Woodland Hills, CA

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