Steve Rice Group

French Band from Seattle, WA - Will travel up to 500 miles
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$600 - $3600 per event
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The Steve Rice Group 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? – Lively TexMex polkas? – Romantic Latin Boleros, Bossa-Nova, Salsa, Tango? -

Pianist/ Accordionist Steve Rice, rated Gigmasters' #1 accordionist in North America for three years running (2007 2008 2009), is now offering full band services through the website! To review more of my extensive gigmasters client feedback and preview more demo materials, please follow my related link at the very bottom of this page.

The Steve Rice Group blends the performances of high level ethnic/ folkloric musicians with accomplished jazz, rock and classical musicians to create a unique ensemble that provides authentic international music as well as great jazz, variety dance music or elegant background music for your event.

Because of many areas of specialization, I have established different group names for some of my different configurations. Please check out your areas of interest as described below. Keep in mind that I can, and frequently do, create custom combinations of musicians and styles for the unique needs of your event! Please contact me with any questions about what we can do for you!



FRENCH CAFÉ AND CABARET MUSIC –

ROUGE, a 3-5 piece band featuring vocalist Janet Rayor, accordionist Steve Rice and violinist Ruthie Dornfeld specializes in the songs of Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel and more. Rouge is a popular choice for Arts Fundraisers and French themed weddings and elegant dinner parties. We recently released our third CD. Check out our sample mp3s and video clips!
CLUB BRULANT – Steve's instrumental trio guitar/accordion/ bass specializes in Django Reinhardt style gypsy jazz, French café music and musette waltzes


ZYDECO / CAJUN / NEW ORLEANS:
"BIG SQUEEZY" – Specializes in Cajun and Zydeco dance music – with a healthy dose of Rockin' accordion, Bayou Blues, and New Orleans Jazz for good measure! Big Squeezy performs regularly at "Louisianathon" and other NW Cajun/Zydeco Dance events. Our core group is a 5 piece with Steve on Accordion and including bass, drums, guitar, and washboard.


ITALIAN:
STROLLING MUSICIANS: Nothing adds more atmosphere to an Italian themed event than strolling musicians! Start with Steve on accordion and add any of these great strolling musicians to the mix! – Violinist/ Mandolinist / Classical Italian Tenor
INSTRUMENTAL: There are more options if we are in one place! Add bass, drums, piano, or combine freely with other styles!
For a great ITALIAN SHOW BAND, please see my gigmasters presskit links below and visit my good friend "Tony Lastella and the Goombas" I am a frequent guest performer with Tony's band.
For great RAT-PACK STYLE ENTERTAINMENT, please visit my link below for "Half Pack Live", an outstanding Old Vegas lounge act I perform with regularly


GERMAN / POLKA: - Gigs include "Polka Madness" at Prost, "Irish Oktoberfest" at Fado', corporate Oktoberfest performances for Microsoft and many retirement home dates throughout the year


KLEZMER/ JEWISH – Steve is a former touring member of "The Mazeltones". He currently records and performs with "Shawn's Kugel" as well as other area Klezmer bands. Steve also has extensive playing experience with Sephardic, Chassidic and Israeli background and dance music. We are available for Bar and Bat-mitzvahs, Weddings. Fundraisers, Simchas.


MEXICAN / MARIACHI - Steve appears with the "Bolero Brothers" every other Monday at "Mr. Villa's" Seattle with music including Mexican Polkas, Tangos, Romantic Boleros. Steve co-leads "Los Todos", a duo with Juan Barco, a nationally reknowned Tejano guitarist, vocalist and Bajo Sexto master. Neither group is a true Mariachi Band, but we have many satisfied clients who have found us the nearest best thing!!

JAZZ – Steve is well known as a creative and accomplished jazz pianist. 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. THE STEVE RICE TRIO, a trio dedicated to the art of piano jazz, is a popular choice for corporate receptions and private parties.

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

SALSA / TANGO / BOSSA NOVA: - Steve is currently pianist with RITMO SOL, specializing in Salsa, Cuban and Latin music. Steve was a touring pianist with the hit latin ensemble "Bochinche". Steve's group also performs traditional and modern Tango music.
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Wedding Reception

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Tons of compliments from event guests. Everyone LOVED Rouge. Thank you!

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Oktoberfest Party

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I was extremely pleased with the Steve Rice Group's performance, as well as their responsiveness to my communications/questions. They were very professional, and I would not hesitate to hire them for future events.

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Steve and his group were very professional and polite. The music was bright and happy just like we wished. They enhanced our wedding. I would recommend them to anyone.

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Community Event

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The first 2 members of this trio appeared to be accomodating and professional; then the 3rd member showed up. Obnoxius, unprofessional, major attitude and late. Then proceeded to force himself through 2 food lines during prsentations. They were accomodating when our emcee requested the Chicken Dance played at the end of the program; and some of our guests of German heriage were thrilled by the music. I can safely say that I would never, intentionally use them, again.

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Steve Rice Group’s Response:

As a bandleader, I expect more than great musicianship from my players. I expect them to be prompt, polite and good-natured, even in a difficult situation (here, performing at a congested construction site on a wet stage during a downpour!). Regretfully my Tuba player did not live up to these expectations. There is no excuse for this, therefore I have suspended him from the band. I take my gigmasters reputation seriously. I’ve received 25+ great reviews from clients and two site-wide awards (please see my solo musician site on gigmasters.--/accordion/SteveRice ) but never a negative. Please accept my sincere apologies, and know that this issue is being seriously a

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The Steve Rice Group played our wedding and was fantastic!! Steve is so talented and pleasant to work with and just was so nice and sweet. I really enjoyed the music and I think all our guests did too!!! I highly recommend the Steve Rice Group for any event!!!

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Fundraiser

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The Steve Rice Group was on time and accommodating to a changing schedule. They worked the crowd and we had compliments on their music.

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
GIGMASTERS VERIFIED BOOKING
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2011
Nov
12
Private Event
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
2010
Sep
24
Oktoberfest Party
Portland, OR
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2009
Oct
21
Oktoberfest Party
Seattle, WA
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
2009
Oct
11
Wedding Reception
Seattle, WA
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2009
Oct
10
Wedding Reception
Seattle, WA
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2009
Oct
10
Wedding Reception
Tacoma, WA
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
2009
Oct
2
Community Event
Puyallup, WA
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2009
Aug
29
Wedding
Auburn, WA
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2009
Jul
25
Private Event
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
2009
May
16
Fundraiser
Bothell, WA
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
GERMAN / POLKA SONGLIST (partial)
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Ach du Lieber Augustin
Polka Madness
Auf Den Bergerwegen
Polka Madness
Backes Polka
Polka Madness
Ball I Halling Dal
Scandinavian
Barbara Polka
Polka Madness
Baruska
Polka Madness
Beer Barrel Polka
Polka Madness
Blue Danube Waltz
Polka Madness
Blue Skirt Waltz
Polka Madness
Chicken Dance
Polka Madness
Clarinet Polka
Polka Madness
Dala Hambo
Polka Madness
Danke Schoen
Polka Madness
Du Du Liegst Mir Im Herzen
Polka Madness
Edelweiss
Polka Madness
Ein Herz Ein Zinn
Strauss Waltz
Ein Prosit
Polka Madness
Every Little Movement
Polka Madness / Lawrence Welk
Hammarby Polka
Polka Madness
Happy Wanderer
Polka Madness
In Heaven There Is No Beer
Polka Madness
Helena Polka
Polka Madness
In Munchen Steht Ein Hofbrauhaus
Polka Madness
Julida Polka
Polka Madness
Just Another Polka
Polka Madness
Krakowiak
Polka Madness
Lichtenstein Polka
Polka Madness
Lilli Marlene
Polka Madness
Lily’s Farewell
Scandinavian
Martha Polka
Polka Madness
New Clarinet Polka
Polka Madness/Lawrence Welk
Pennsylvania Polka
Polka Madness
Polish Bamberrock
Polka Madness
Polish Polka
Polka Madness
Russian Sher
Polka Madness
Sailor Waltz
Polka Madness
Somewhere My Love
Polka Madness
There Is A Tavern In The Town
Polka Madness
Tinker Polka
Polka Madness
Too Fat Polka
Polka Madness
Those Were The Days
Polka Madness
Tzena Tzena
Polka Madness
Unita Polka
Polka Madness
Weggis Song
Polka Madness
***** FRENCH SONGLIST (partial) *****
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l’Accordéoniste
Edith Piaf / ROUGE
Adios Nonino
Piazzolla
Les Amants de Paris
Edith Piaf / ROUGE
l’Ame des Poètes
Charles Trenet / ROUGE
Amsterdam
Jacques Brel / ROUGE
Auprés de ma Blonde
ROUGE
Autumn Leaves/Feuilles Mortes
Yves Montand
La Boheme
Charles Aznavour / ROUGE
Boum
Charles Trenet / ROUGE
Bravo Pour le Clown
Edith Piaf / ROUGE
C’est un Rital
Michele Bertrand / ROUGE
Chanson des Vieux Amants
Jacques Brel / ROUGE
Le Chemin du Forains
Edith Piaf / ROUGE
Comment T’Allez-Vous
Blossom Dearie / ROUGE
Complainte de la Butte
Patachou / ROUGE
La Cumparsita
Tango
Dans ma Rue
Edith Piaf / ROUGE
Daphne
Django Reinhardt
Détresse
Astor Piazzolla
Dis Donc
Edith Piaf/ ROUGE
La Dispute
Tiersen/Amélie
Djangology
Django Reinhardt
Domino
ROUGE
Easy to Love/C’est si Facile
Josephine Baker / ROUGE
Elle Etait Si Jolie
Alain Barrière / ROUGE
Extasis
Astor Piazzolla
Fin des Vacances
Henri Salvador / ROUGE
Les Flamandes
Jacques Brel / ROUGE
Flons Flons du Bal
Edith Piaf / ROUGE
La Foule
Edith Piaf / ROUGE
Un Homme et Une Femme
Francois Lai
l’Hymne à l’Amour
Edith Piaf / ROUGE
I Love Paris
Cole Porter
I Wish You Love/Que Reste t-il?
Charles Trenet
Iles de la Madeleine
French-Canadian tune
Indifference
Tony Murena /Musette Waltz
J’ai Deux Amours
Josephine Baker / ROUGE
J’Attendrai
Java Mondaine
Henri Salvador / ROUGE
Je Cherche un Homme
Eartha Kitt / ROUGE
J’m’en Fous
Edith Piaf / ROUGE
Mademoiselle de Paris
Yves Montand / ROUGE
Malena
tango
La Mangave
Jo Privat
Menilmontant
Charles Trenet/ ROUGE
La Mer/Beyond the Sea
Charles Trenet
Michelle
The Beatles
Milord
Edith Piaf / ROUGE
Mon Dieu
Edith Piaf / ROUGE
Mon Manège à Moi
Edith Piaf/ ROUGE
Le Moulin
Yann Tiersen “Amélie”
Ne Me Quitte Pas
Jacques Brel / ROUGE
Night & Day
Cole Porter / Sinatra
Non Regrette Rien
Edith Piaf / ROUGE
Nuit Blanche
Jo Privat
Padam
Edith Piaf / ROUGE
Paris se Regarde
Francis le Marque
Parlez-Moi d’Amour
Lucienne Boyer / ROUGE
Passe Ton Chemin
Gilbert Becaud / ROUGE
Petite Fleur
Sidney Bechet
Relax-Ay-Voo
Dean Martin/ ROUGE
Rêve Bohémien
Jo Privat
San Rafael
Venezuelan Waltz
September in the Rain
ROUGE
Small Hotel/C’est un Nid Charmant
Josephine Baker / ROUGE
La Sorcière
Jo Privat / ROUGE
Sous le Ciel/Under Paris Skies
Edith Piaf
La Steppe
Amestoy Trio
Sympatique
Pink Martini
T’es Beau
Tu Sais
Valse d’Amélie
Yann Tiersen
La Vie l’Amour
Edith Piaf
La Vie en Rose
Edith Piaf
Watch What Happens
Michel Legrand
Youkali
Kurt Weill
A Media Luz
Italian
Al di la
Sergio Franchi Italian
***** ITALIAN SONGLIST (partial) *****
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Angel's Serenade
Italian
Il Bacio
Italian
Bella Notte
Italian
Carnival of Venice
Italian
Caro Nome
Italian
Ciribiribin
Italian
Come Fly with Me
Frank Sinatra
Come Prima
Italian
Core n Grato
Italian
La Donna e mobile
Italian
Fly Me to the Moon
Frank Sinatra
Funiculi Funicula
Italian
Godfather Mazurka
Italian
Godfather Theme
Italian
I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Tony Bennett
I've Got You Under My Skin
Frank Sinatra
Mala Femmena
Italian
Mambo Italiano
Rosemary Clooney
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Italian
O Mio Babbino
Italian
O Sole Mio
Italian
Santa Lucia
Italian
Tarantella
Italian Traditional
Torno Sorrento
Italian
That's Amore
Dean Martin
Witchcraft
Frank Sinatra
Vieni Sul Mar
Italian
Volare
Sergio Franchi
Cajun Band
Jazz Band
Klezmer Band
Polka Band
Swing Band
Zydeco Band
Russian Band
Italian Band
Variety Band
French Band
German Band
World Music Band
Wedding Band
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Steve Rice Group will also travel to Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Port Gamble, Suquamish, Edmonds, Bothell, Mountlake Terrace, Bremerton, Kingston, Lynnwood, Poulsbo, Redmond, Everett, Port Orchard, Renton, Indianola, Silverdale, Woodinville, Keyport, Vashon, Issaquah, Olalla, Rollingbay, Snohomish, Hansville, Kent, Mukilteo, Seabeck.
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