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Lee Allen - Pianist

Jazz Pianist from Pacifica, CA Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 26 Reviews
  • 46 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2007
  • 3 Awards & Badges
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $200 per event

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LIVE @ MOONRAKER RESTAURANT, PACIFICA and LIVE @ MACARTHUR PARK RESTAURANT, PALO ALTO Please Check My Website for Dates. 40+ years professional experience. 20+ references. Solo pianist with realistic jazz-trio sound. Original arrangements. ==== 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. 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. 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, performing with the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble. During the '80's, Lee Allen was an arranger and accompanist for various performers including the Gene Roberts Trio, and also began his current solo music business. During the '90's Lee organized church music programs in Cambridge, MA and Silicon Valley, CA 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, the Los Altos Country Club, La Rinconada Country Club, San Jose Country Club and Saratoga Country Club. Lee has also performed for events at 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 and at MacArthur Park Restaurant in Palo Alto. Previously, Lee appeared regularly at Murray Circle Restaurant, located at the Cavallo Point, a 5-star resort in Fort Baker, Sausalito for two years and at Faz restaurant in Sunnyvale for five years. "I have more than 20 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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Review by Thomas C.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on June 13, 2019From Menlo Park, CA

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!

Review by Brian G.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on March 12, 2019From San Francisco, CA

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.

Review by David B.

Christmas PartyReviewed on December 9, 2017From Woodside, CA

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.

Lee Allen - Pianist:

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

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  • Titles can be a little misleading, however | because of my unique arrangements

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Upcoming Events

December 11, 2021 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Watsonville, CA
December 23, 2021 • Christmas Party
Thu5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Los Gatos, CA

Past Events

November 13, 2021 • Private Party
Sat6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Oakland, CA
November 27, 2019 • Celebration
Wed11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Belmont, CA
June 13, 2019 • Corporate Function
Thu3:00 PM - 6:00 PM Menlo Park, CA
March 12, 2019 • Corporate Function
Tue6:00 PM - 8:00 PM San Francisco, CA
December 11, 2017 • Christmas Party
Mon7:00 PM - 7:45 PM San Jose, CA
December 9, 2017 • Christmas Party
Sat6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Woodside, CA
December 8, 2016 • Holiday Party
Thu6:30 PM - 8:30 PM San Mateo, CA
October 13, 2016 • Celebration
Thu5:30 PM - 7:00 PM San Jose, CA
September 1, 2016 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Thu6:30 PM - 9:00 PM San Jose, CA
August 27, 2016 • Wedding Reception
Sat4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Burlingame, CA
June 11, 2016 • Celebration
Sat6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Atherton, CA
March 27, 2016 • Holiday Party
Sun10:00 AM - 2:30 PM Turlock, CA

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