James Lent - Pianist and Entertainer

Piano from Los Angeles, CA - Will travel up to 500 miles
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About
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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Funeral

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James was extremely accommodating with music selection. His performance was absolutely beautiful. He arrived early and was professional in every respect. I would highly recommend this extremely talented pianist; he far exceeded expectations. Grab him for your event before some other fortunate soul does!

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Private Party

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James was really fun, played all my requests, and had an incredible variety of music- my guests couldn’t stump him! Amazing to find someone equally happy in pop songs, soft atmosphere music, and difficult famous piano works. Thanks James!

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Anniversary Party

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James absolutely lit up our event with his extraordinary talent and kind nature. Fielding all of our requests with ease, chiming in on melodies when it was clear we needed guidance, collaborating harmoniously with our diverse chorus of voices and personalities, he made my parents 40th Anniversary Celebration truly unforgettable. We love you, James!

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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James Lent was unbelievable and played our requests from jazz (Bill Evans) to Country (George Straight and Garth Brooks) to classical Latin music. We are family of musicians and where thoroughly impressed with his performance! I'd highly recommend him. Manuel J Ramirez CPA

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Wedding

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James was awesome. I had asked for a special song for my wedding and he was able to play it. He is very professional and extremely talented

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Rehearsal Dinner

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I cannot say strongly enough how pleased we were with James Lent. He is a true professional. He arrived in plenty of time so that when our guests started arriving really early, he was ready and simply started playing as if that was the time we had agreed on all along. Our guests commented on his talent and style. He gave just the right touch to the evening. The five stars for rating aren't enough. On a scale of 1 to 5, I'd give James a 25! I recommend him highly.

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Wedding Reception

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Wow! We can't say enough about James! We had a cocktail party/wedding reception and booked him based on his reviews on gigmasters. He was exceptional, from communication before hand about songs we liked, arriving early, dressed professionally and gave an amazing performance. He brought two other instrumentalists to accompany him after playing by himself and that worked out so well. I received so many compliments on the music. He was very accommodating to requests for several songs, and was very skillful in playing around our "toasts". He is amazing and would use James again in a heartbeat!

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Wedding Reception

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James was perfect for my friends' wedding. He came totally prepared and was a very good sport when we threw a curveball or two at him. He followed our group of tipsy non-professional singer adeptly and with good humor. He also graciously accepted our invitation to hire him for an additional two hours when the guests didn't want him to leave, which is the best sign of all.

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Wedding Reception

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James was extremely easy to work with. It was a last minute idea I had, and James came through with a beautiful performance that will remain in our hearts forever! Thanks James!

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Christmas Party

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James elevated our Christmas party at home to what seemed like a performance at Disney Concert Hall! My husband and I were so impressed by his enormous talent and his incredible lack of ego for someone so accomplished as a musician. He ranged from the most complicated pieces of serious classical to the jingle bells sing along variety with out skipping a beat! His enthusiasm got the whole crowd singing along (not easy in LA!!) and he was very happy to play any requests. He was prompt, organized and extremely professional too. We would recommend him to anyone who loves beautiful piano music and we will definitely be booking him in the future! Thank you James!!!

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Corporate Function

January 27, 2020
$1000 for 0.25 hrs

Birthday Party (Adult)

October 18, 2019
$750 for 5 hrs

Birthday Party (Adult)

October 18, 2019
$750 for 5 hrs

Private Party

November 08, 2019
$500 for 5 hrs

Birthday Party (Adult)

September 21, 2019
$300 for 1.5 hrs

Wedding

January 18, 2020
$400 for 4 hrs

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2019
Sep
21
Birthday Party (Adult)
Beverly Hills, CA
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
2019
Jun
22
Graduation Party
Dana Point, CA
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2019
Jun
1
Funeral
Glendale, CA
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2018
Dec
8
Private Party
Studio City, CA
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2018
Oct
20
Anniversary Party
Woodland Hills, CA
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2018
Aug
27
Private Party
Los Angeles, CA
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2017
Aug
26
Wedding Reception
Las Vegas, NV
6:00 PM - 6:30 AM
2017
Jun
10
First United Methodist Church
Pasadena, CA
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
2017
Jun
9
First United Methodist Church
Pasadena, CA
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
2017
May
29
Private Event
Las Vegas, NV
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2017
May
28
Private Event
Las Vegas, NV
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2017
May
27
Private Event
Las Vegas, NV
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I Love A Piano
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I Will Always Love You
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I Will Survive
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I Write the Songs
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I'll Be There
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Just the Way You Are
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La Vie Rose
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Like A Virgin
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Little Shop of Horrors
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Love Boat
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Love Will Keep Us Together
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Man That Got Away
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Manic Monday
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Maybe This Time
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Memory
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Misty
as arranged by Oscar Peterson
Monster Mash
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Moon River
from Breakfast at Tiffany's
Movin On Up
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Music of the Night
Lloyd Webber
My Favorite Things
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My Funny Valentine
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My Girl
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My Heart Belongs to Daddy
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My Heart Will Go On
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My Way
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New York, New York
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Nine to Five
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Nutcracker Suite
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On My Own
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On the Street Where You Live
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One Moment in Time
Whitney Houston
One Singular Sensation
from A Chorus Line
Open Arms
Journey
Our Love is Here to Stay
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Over the Rainbow
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Part of Your World
Disney
Phantom of the Opera
Lloyd Webber
Philadelphia Freedom
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Piano Man
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Play That Funky Music
Please Don't Say No
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Rainbow Connection
from The Muppet Movie
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Debussy
Rhapsody in Blue
George Gershwin
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
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Rondo Capriciosso, Op. 14
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Rondo alla Turca
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Route 66
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Sade
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Someday my Prince Will Come
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Someone Like You
Adele
Someone to Watch Over Me
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Somewhere
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Somewhere My Love
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Somewhere That's Green
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Stop in the Name of Love
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Nicki Minaj
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Surfin USA
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Sweet Child of Mine
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Sweet Love
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Tea for Two
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That's Amore
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The Addams Family
from The Addams Family
The Brady Bunch Theme
from The Brady Bunch
The Entertainer
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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
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The Main Event
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The Man I Love
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The Search is Over
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The Way We Were
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There's No Business Like Show Business
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They Can't Take That Away from Me
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Thousand Miles
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Thriller
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Through the Eyes of Love
from Ice Castles
Time After Time
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Tits and Ass
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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
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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
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Xanadu
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You Make Me Feel So Young
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You Raise Me Up
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You're the Inspiration
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You're the Top
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Your Song
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