Howie Kutcher-is a piano player who has been playing for over 40 years. Many of his performances are done on a free basis ("love to have fun playing along with a singing (appreciative) crowd"!), or at a rate that is less than most of his competitors. His "comfort zone" is performing interactively with a crowd of people around the piano. Admittedly, not having the "best voice", he will not accept ...
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Howie Kutcher-is a piano player who has been playing for over 40 years. Many of his performances are done on a free basis ("love to have fun playing along with a singing (appreciative) crowd"!), or at a rate that is less than most of his competitors. His "comfort zone" is performing interactively with a crowd of people around the piano. Admittedly, not having the "best voice", he will not accept solo performances where Howie is the only one singing. Also, would rather not play along with other musicians. The best way of sampling what he loves to do is to check out the accompanying video of his (own) wedding performance! He does community events (like nursing homes and private parties). Since this is not his main profession (he is a CPA who owns an employment agency), his rates are substantially lower than all of the competitors listed in his category on Gig Masters. BUT-after playing around 45 years, most listeners are shocked to find out that he is NOT a full-time musician ( a "win-win" for all parties involved).
Some places I've performed at:
--Atria Adult Living Centers (2 locations)
--The Water Club (NYC)
--Catskill Mountain resorts (The Concord, Tamarack, Pines & Browns Hotels)
--Ossining Senior Center and Ossining Public Library
--Tamcrest Country Club (NJ)
--Fire Island Restaurant
--Temple Beth Abraham
--Briarcliff Manor School District (2 of the schools)
--Residents of many people
--Several children's parties
--Congregation Sons of Israel
--SouthEast Consortium for Children With Special Needs
Partial list of Songs regularly played by Howie Kutcher at his Piano performances: (see under "Photos" for an image copied from my business card showing a sampling of some songs often played at events).
Below are some of them:
--Beyond The Sea
--Ain't She Sweet
--Memories (from "Cats")
--Let It be/Hey Jude
--In the Still of the Night
--Teenager in Love
--Twist and Shout
--Gilligan's Island TV theme
--Take Me Home Country Roads
--Those Were the Days
--I Dreamed a Dream (from "Les Miz")
--The Way You Look Tonight
- What a Wonderful World
--Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Testimonials-what people have said:
"Your piano playing and sing-a-long was the highlight of our last 2 holiday parties. Whether the guests were singing out loud or just humming along, they really enjoyed the background music."
"Thank you for providing wonderful music at our Senior Living facility. Music brings such joy into their lives and they look forward to having a repeat performance in the near future".
"You really got the crowd going-especially while playing Twist and Shout where folks unexpectedly got up and danced! Too often, we employ piano players who provide background music and that's all. In your case, you make it an interactive event where a large numbers of tunes played are popular standards of which many know the lyrics by heart."
"I want to thank you for providing wonderful music during our luncheon. We received many e-mails and calls from many attendees who truly enjoyed listening to such nostalgic/fun tunes!"
"This is like a terrific form of LIVE KARAOKE!"
"A refreshing alternative to your standard sing-a-long. Howie incorporates TV theme songs, novelties and other fun stuff to his repertoire
Children's Birthday Parties
New Year's Eve Parties