Lee Allen - Pianist

Jazz Piano from Pacifica, CA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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LIVE AT THE MOONRAKER RESTAURANT, PACIFICA - Please Call Restaurant For Details

Memphis, Tennessee. MIT. Carolina Piedmont. Silicon Valley. Blues in Mississippi. Taiko in Kyoto. Lee is on a quest, and it shows in his music.

The quest? To go beyond diversity and variety. Learning how we each are different is just a start; Lee is exploring how we are the same. And it shows in his music.

The goal? Bring out the best of every music. "The most important quality of a good arranger is insight", says Lee Allen. "You've got to size up the song as though it were a person - it actually is somebody's baby, you know." Bring out the key strengths of the song, apply insight, look at the song a new way - the result is an arrangement that speaks directly to the listener's heart.

Insight, in this case, has been gained from a varied playing history that started when Lee began playing Memphis nightclubs at the age of 14 (don't tell!) in the late 60's. The band in which Lee played became one of the most popular club, touring and show bands in late-60's and early 70's Memphis. Their work included backing Ollie and the Nightengales, soul- and beach-music legend Major Lance, hosting an impromptu jam session with Isaac Hayes, and once opening for blues legend Bobby Womack.

"Memphis will always have a special place in American music history because it was the musical home of Elvis, BB King, Isaac Hayes, Al Green and dozens of other artists -- all at the same time. It was very exciting to be a small part of this historic explosion and celebration of talent."

Later, while a student at MIT, Lee helped another musician introduce a gospel choir to the MIT campus, and held the pianist position in the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, the school's A-list jazz band under the direction of Herb Pomeroy of the Berklee School of Music, from freshman year until graduating from MIT (and was also student-government president!).

One summer job during Lee's college years consisted of organizing friends into yet another band and touring Mississippi once more with soul and blues legend Ollie Nightingale and with a blues artist known only as "Big Daddy". Four days after the end of the tour, Lee was back in Boston, playing for the Festival Jazz Ensemble at MIT.

During the '80's, Lee Allen was an arranger and accompanist for various performers including the Gene Roberts Trio (left), and also began his current solo music business. During the '90's, Lee organized church music programs in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Silicon Valley, California in addition to performing as a soloist and "virtual jazz trio".

Lee's musical approach to arranging is to deliver familiar melodies seen a new way, while preserving the message and spirit of the original song. Lee does not use any high-minded labels for his work. "It's just pop, influenced by jazz and some other things," Lee says. "But I believe that pop music is very important because it is the prime indicator of where the general population stands musically at any given time."

"Music is a language of feelings and emotions. So, when I arrange or compose, I imagine listeners saying 'I am opening a door to my feelings, don't abuse my trust'.

"I understand that everybody likes a wild ride now and then, but I leave that music for others to make. It's nice sometimes to be merely entertained by music, but I am seeking to create simple, beautiful things and then share them with the listener."

People have described Lee Allen's music as relaxing but not boring; clean but not mechanical; very-high-quality but not aloof or esoteric.

Lee Allen is a Preferred Vendor of the The Bellevue Club, La Rinconada Country Club, San Jose Country Club and Saratoga Country Club. Lee has also performed for events at the Los Altos Country Club, Berkeley City Club, Boulder Ridge Golf Club, Silver Creek Valley Country Club, San Francisco Yacht Club, the Pines and the Kohl Mansion, as well as at the Tech Museum of Innovation and the Dolce Hayes Mansion. Lee has also performed at the Four Seasons, Mark Hopkins and Sir Francis Drake Hotels in San Francisco, the De Anza Hotel in San Jose and both Fairmont Hotels (San Francisco and San Jose).

Lee Allen currently performs regularly at the Moonraker Restaurant in Pacifica. Previously, Lee appeared regularly at Murray Circle Restaurant, located at the Cavallo Point, a 5-star resort in Fort Baker, Sausalito for two years, at MacArthur Park Restaurant in Palo Alto, California for more than two years and at Faz restaurant in Sunnyvale for five years.

"I have more than a dozen references available upon request. My references will tell you that I arrive to work dependably and on-time (which is usually at least 30 minutes before start time), I am responsive to the needs of my client, and that I control my sound appropriately."

Lee's technique and capabilities make for extremely competitive pricing for events requiring background music.
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Lee was very professional and took care of everything for our little corporate event. Everyone had a great time and remarked consistently on how much they enjoyed his music. Some of the employees kids were also attending and eager to display their piano skills which Lee was very patient and open. Thanks again!

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I cannot recommend booking Lee Allen more strongly! He was quick to respond to our initial request, accommodating with his rate to meet our budget and very timely with remaining communication in advance of the event. Lee arrived on time and was prepared for his setup so that we got everything completed in advance of the event. He then provided the perfect complement to our event atmosphere and was very flexible to slight variations on set times when we had some early arrival and our presentation started a little later than usual. We will definitely be booking Lee for future events and would highly recommend him to those in need of a consummate professional.

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Christmas Party

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Lee did a great job. It was a perfect balance of music and conversation in the living room. I would be very happy to have him play at my home again.

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Lee Allen - Pianist’s Response:

Thank you David for your kind words. It was a pleasure! Happy Holidays!

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
GIGMASTERS VERIFIED BOOKING
2020
Aug
21
Private Party
Carmel, CA
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2019
Nov
27
Celebration
Belmont, CA
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2019
Jun
13
Corporate Function
Menlo Park, CA
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2019
Mar
12
Corporate Function
San Francisco, CA
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2017
Dec
11
Christmas Party
San Jose, CA
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
2017
Dec
9
Christmas Party
Woodside, CA
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2016
Dec
8
Holiday Party
San Mateo, CA
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2016
Oct
13
Celebration
San Jose, CA
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2016
Sep
1
Birthday Party (Adult)
San Jose, CA
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
2016
Aug
27
Wedding Reception
Burlingame, CA
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
2016
Jun
11
Celebration
Atherton, CA
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2016
Mar
27
Holiday Party
Turlock, CA
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
2016
Jan
16
Birthday Party (Adult)
Millbrae, CA
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Hundreds of Songs!
Song list is available by request
Titles can be a little misleading, however
because of my unique arrangements
Piano
One Man Band
Jazz Piano
Swing Piano
Jazz One Man Band
Christmas Music Piano
Baby Showers
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Concerts
Events
Banquets
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Receptions
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Memorial Services
Cocktail Parties
Private Parties
Super Bowl Parties
Commitment Ceremonies
Retirement Parties
Divorce Parties
Wine Tasting Parties
Church Services
Easter Celebrations
Please note Lee Allen - Pianist will also travel to San Bruno, Millbrae, South San Francisco, Daly City, San Francisco, Montara, Brisbane, Burlingame, Moss Beach, Belmont, El Granada, San Mateo, Half Moon Bay, Redwood City, San Carlos, Alameda, Oakland, Sausalito, Atherton, Emeryville.
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