Lawrence Duff

Singing Pianist from Santa Barbara, CA - Will travel up to 200 miles
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$500 - $4000 per event
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About
I have been performing since I was a teenager and love what I do. I sing and play piano, keyboard, and acoustic guitar in a variety of styles from jazz standards (Great American songbook; the repertoire of Tony Bennett, Sinatra, Diana Krall, etc.), as well as more contemporary styles (60's to the present) from smooth jazz, rock, blues, funk, latin, Broadway, New Age, reggae, country, and traditional and contemporary folk songs including Irish and Spirituals.

As a soloist: I can sing and play piano or my keyboard (with or without vocals), and/or sing and play acoustic guitar, or just solo acoustic guitar for wedding ceremonies.

I can also perform with back up tracks (recorded by real pro musicians) played through my two Bose sound systems (for crystal clear stereo sound) as a one man band singing and playing along with drums, bass, guitars, strings, etc.; also soloing with realistic instrument sounds played from my keyboard: soprano sax - 'Summertime', and muted trumpet - 'Comin' Home, Baby'), great sounding electric guitar solo, etc. You can hear the actual backup tracks in 'Beyond The Sea' and 'Ain't No Sunshine'.

I can also play beautiful solo piano background instrumental music to create the perfect mood in a traditional jazz style ('It Had To Be You' piano with vocal, and 'Time After Time' solo piano), and/or New Age music, and some classical ('Pachelbel Canon', 'Jasmine Corridor -orig. composition', 'Pavanne For A Dead Princess').

There is more music and videos on my website. Listen in 'Standards', 'Contemporary', 'Wedding Ballads' or 'Background Instrumental' (links on lower left). You can view more, higher quality videos on my website, or Youtube channel (google youtube Lawrence Duff)

Regarding watching/listening to videos and the audio samples: The music will sound much more better, more realistic if you listen on good speakers (or at least earbuds or headphones) that can pick up bass sounds you can't hear on little computer/phone/laptop speakers.

I also offer solo acoustic guitar music for wedding ceremonies. Listen to 'In My Life' for a sample and go to my website and click on 'Wedding's for more details.

I'm available to perform as a duo (sax, trumpet, flute, violin, guitar, etc.,), trio, or larger ensemble with some great versatile musicians. Scroll down my website homepage to see more details.

I play through two Bose cylindrical sound systems with their amazing innovative technology providing by far the clearest, fullest, stereo sound available for live performance; sounding great in the smallest room or large venue, and really have to be heard to be believed. My system can also be used for your announcements.

A few sample testimonials:

"Lawrence receives our highest recommendation, and we look forward to booking him again! He delighted our guests with his superior musical performance skills, pleased them with his wide repertoire, impressed them with his flexibility (when the birthday girl wanted to sing a song and dance a few steps), and charmed them with his personality. He did a good job of selecting songs based on the age of and type of guests as well. He was prompt and professional, and he even put a lot of effort into making the contracting/payment process easy for us. The birthday girl was delighted with him, and so are we! Simply "excellent" in every way". -Lisa W, Beverly Hills, CA

"Larry performed at my mother's 90th birthday party. His song list suited the tastes of three separate generations......... By the end of the evening, we were all out on the dance floor. His dance music ranged from traditional Italian circle dances to Motown and classic rock. He even accommodated my niece's burning desire to sing for the group. Overall, we would highly recommend Larry for any social event you may be planning."
Montecito, Ca. wedding:

Larry, Thank you for a memorable evening last night! Your music was superb and Erika and I were so happy you were our piano man!
Thanks again for your artistry!
Best
Fred

..."Larry's mastery of the keyboard is unquestioned, with a subtle rhythmic touch that delights the listener. But his real strength is his smooth-as-silk voice, which naturally floats to cover a wide range of both pitch and emotion."

..."You absolutely can't go wrong with this very excellent and professional performer. His music hit the perfect note for our wedding ceremony and celebration. We were so happy with the vast array of possible songs and instrumentals and our guests had many compliments for the music."

The song lists on my website are more complete than my Gigmasters page.

I offer DJ services during breaks.
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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Lawrence receives our highest recommendation, and we look forward to booking him again! He delighted our guests with his superior musical performance skills, pleased them with his wide repertoire, impressed them with his flexibility (when the birthday girl wanted to sing a song and dance a few steps), and charmed them with his personality. He did a good job of selecting songs based on the age of and type of guests as well as the . He was prompt and professional, and he even put a lot of effort into making the contracting/payment process easy for us. The birthday girl was delighted with him, and so are we! Simply "excellent" in every way.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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I grew up in a large extended family that always had music playing and everyone joined in with the sing along songs during our house parties. So for my Mother's 80th Birthday celebration, I decided to hire Larry to join our house party and play piano for Mom. From the moment he began playing, my Mother joined him in song for virtually 3 hours, non-stop! He played several Irish tunes that my Mother knew by heart, several standards and fun sing along songs that everyone could sing. Although our voices may not be exactly on tune, Larry played the piano and sang along with all of us. He was a wonderful guest, fabulous piano player and we all enjoyed the celebration.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Larry was awesome! Took special request during and even after the party. Very professional setup. Can play an array of music. Highly recommend for anyone needing an accomplished one man band.

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Bar Mitzvah

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larry, was very accomodating and very professional. He was absolute pleasure to hear.

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Anniversary Party

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My sisters and family were pleased we Mr. Duff. He was very accomendating and a pleasure to listen to. I would highly recommend Mr. Duff.

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Wedding Ceremony

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Lawrence was a pleasure to work with! He was helpful along the planning process and guided me through his website as a resource. He has an array of songs listed on his website that he can play, and on several instruments. His website was definitely a great resource for helping us choose our song picks. He played the guitar and sang beautifully. He's talented and we were honored to have him play at our wedding. Easy to work with, kind, and a great musician! Thank you Lawrence for making our wedding beautiful!

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Celebration

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Wedding Ceremony

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Larry was very accommodating and professional. We received SO many compliments on the music! The piano was amplified well and could be heard clearly during our very windy outdoor ceremony. Larry was willing to learn a song for my processional and discussed the music with me several times over the phone to make sure everything went smoothly.

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New Year's Eve Party

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Lawrence very professional, very calm and very pleasant to talk to. He traveled over an hour to our place on New Year's Eve. There was lively dancing and singing along with his accompaniment. We are grateful for his wonderful performance and would like to have him come back for our future events. Reuben

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Private Party

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Lawrence was great. Arrived on time. Set up sound system. Performed with a young singer. Provided lyrics for sing-along. The party was a blast and Lawrence was a big part of our success.

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PAST EVENTS
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2019
Apr
13
Private Party
Ventura, CA
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2018
Dec
31
Private Party
Burbank, CA
7:30 PM - 12:30 AM
2018
Dec
7
Christmas Party
San Diego, CA
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2018
Jul
14
Wedding Ceremony
Santa Barbara, CA
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2018
Jun
30
Birthday Party (Adult)
Santa Maria, CA
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
2017
Dec
15
Christmas Party
Santa Clarita, CA
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2017
Oct
14
Cass House - wedding - ceremony keyboard, jazz duo
Cayucos, CA
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2017
Sep
7
City Arts Event - Acoustic duo/one man band
Santa Barbara, CA
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2017
May
3
Corporate Function
Fresno, CA
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2016
Dec
31
New Year's Eve Party
North Hollywood, CA
10:00 PM - 1:00 AM
2016
Oct
15
private home - singing pianist
San Francisco, CA
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2016
Oct
3
The Mill - jazz quartet
Santa Barbara, CA
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
see my full song list on my website
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STANDARDS (partial list)
As Time Goes By
At Last
Etta James
Autumn Leaves
Georgia On My Mind
Ray Charles
Fever
I Can't Help Falling In Love
Elvis
I Left My Heart In San Franciso
Tony Bennett
It Had To Be You
Mona Lisa
Nat Cole
My Foolish Heart
My Funny Valentine
My Love Is A Mountainside
Diana Krall
Nature Boy
Nat Cole, George Bensen
The Nearness Of You
Norah Jones, Al Jarreau
Night And Day
Sinatra
O Sole Mio
Luciano Pavarotti
Our Love Is Here To Stay
Over The Rainbow
Judy Garland
Someone To Watch Over Me
Stardust
Summertime
'S Wonderful
Diana Krall
That's Amore
Dean Martin
They Can't Take That Away From Me
Time After Time
Sinatra
Unforgettable
Nat Cole
The Very Thought Of You
Natalie Cole
What A Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong
When I Fall In Love
Nat Cole, Natalie Cole
UP TEMPO SWING
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Ain't Misbehavin'
Fats Waller
Almost Like Being In Love
Beyond The Sea
Bobby Darren
Blue Skies
(Dancing) Cheek To Cheek
Fred Astaire
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Fly Me To The Moon
How HighThe Moon
Ella Fitzgerald
I've Got You Under My Skin
Sinatra
Paper Moon
Nat Cole
Route 66
Nat Cole
Secret Love (swing version)
Doris Day
Someone Exactly Like You
Nina Simone, Diana Krall
Sunny Side Of The Street
LATIN - BRAZILIAN (partial list)
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Besame Mucho
Black Orpheus
Concerto de Aranjuez (adagio - instr.)
Fragile
Sting
Girl From Ipamema
How Insensitive
Jobim
Smooth
Santana
Summertime (salsa version)
Watermelon Man
Herbie Hancock
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CONTEMPORARY BALLADS (partial list)
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Calling You (from film 'Baghdad Café)
Crying
Roy Orbison
Don't Know Why
Norah Jones
Falling Slowly (Oscar winning song from 'Once')
Fields Of Gold
Sting (vocal - keyboard or acoustic guitar)
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Roberta Flack
Hallelujah
Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley
Have I Told You Lately
Van Morrison
Here Comes The Sun
Beatles - George Harrison
Hey Jude
Beatles
I'm Yours
Jason Mraz
In My Life
Beatles
Just The Way You Are
Billy Joel
Imagine
Lennon
Let It Be
Beatles
Mad World
Tears For Fears, Adam Lambert
No Woman No Cry
Bob Marley
Piano Man
Billy Joel
The Rose
Bette Midler
The Secret Of Life
James Taylor
Unchained Melody
Righteous Brothers
Wild Horses
Rolling Stones
Yesterday
Beatles
You Are So Beautiful
Joe Cocker
Your Song
Elton John
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CONTEMPORARY DANCE SONGS, ROCK (partial list)
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Ain't No Sunshine
Bill Withers (rock or samba version)
All Along The Watchtower (rock or reggae)
Jimi Hendrix
Beautiful Day
U2
Black Magic Woman
Santana
Lean On Me (rock or Hip Hop version)
Bill Withers
Moondance (swing or latin rock version)
Van Morrison
Superstition
Stevie Wonder
Tiny Dancer
Elton John
Unchain My Heart (R&B or latin rock version)
Ray Charles
With Or Without You
U2
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SHOW SONGS (partial list)
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Bring Him Home (Les Miserables)
If Ever I Would Leave You (Camelot)
If I Loved You (Carousel)
Impossible Dream (Man From La Mancha)
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face (My Fair Lady)
My Favorite Things (Sound Of Music)
Oh What A Beautiful Morning (Oklahoma)
On The Street Where You Live (My Fair Lady)
Send In The Clowns (A Little Night Music)
Somewhere (West Side Story)
Tonight (West Side Story)
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INSTRUMENTAL (partial list)
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Comin' Home, Baby
Herbie Mann
Greensleeves
Il Postino (theme from film)
Mercy, Mercy
Cannonball Adderly
Pachelbel Canon in D
(improv on theme)
Peace Piece
Bill Evans
Take The A Train
Ellington
The Skye Boat Song (celtic)
Watermark
Enya
(see website for original instrumental list)
BLUES (partial list)
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Bring It On Home To Me
Sam Cooke
Everyday I Get The Blues
Joe Williams
I Believe To My Soul
Ray Charles
I Put A Spell On You
Stormy Monday
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COUNTRY (partial list)
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Blue Bayou
Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstadt
Crazy
Willie Nelson
I Fall To Pieces
Patsy Cline
You Were Always On My Mind
Willie Nelson
TRADITIONAL - IRISH (partial list)
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All Through The Night (Welsh)
Shenandoah
Danny Boy
My Wild Irish Rose
Tura Lura Lura
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GOSPEL - SPIRITUALS - INSPIRATIONAL (partial list)
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Amazing Grace
A Change Is Gonna Come
Sam Cooke
Forever Young (vocal, guitar)
Dylan
Morning Has Broken
Cat Stevens
Motherless Child
Wayfaring Stranger
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Many more songs, guitar songs (see website for complete list)
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Folk Singer
Jazz Singer
Pop Singer
Oldies Singer
60s Singer
Irish Singer
Variety Singer
Jazz Piano
60's Hits One Man Band
70's Hits One Man Band
Jazz One Man Band
Oldies One Man Band
Wedding Singer
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Please note Lawrence Duff will also travel to Summerland, Goleta, Carpinteria, Oak View, Santa Ynez, Ventura, Solvang, Ojai, Los Olivos, Buellton, Oxnard, Port Hueneme Cbc Base, Port Hueneme, Cuyama, New Cuyama, Santa Paula, Point Mugu Nawc, Camarillo, Somis, Frazier Park, Lompoc, Fillmore, Piru, Newbury Park, Moorpark, Maricopa.
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