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James Lent - Pianist and Entertainer

Piano from Los Angeles, CA - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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$175 - $2000 per event
Pianist and Keyboardist James Lent received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Performance from Yale University, and is experienced in performing in all genres for weddings, concerts, events, and in groups including pop, classical, jazz, and Broadway. Any requests can be accommodated.

James is currently on the faculty of UCLA as the head of collaborative piano and vocal coach for the music department, and as pianist, faculty, head of accompanists, and musical director at AMDA, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Hollywood. He frequently performs throughout Southern California, and recently in venues including the Beverly Hills Hilton, House of Blues, LA Live, and the Ritz Carlton Hotel. James is available by solo or he can provide additional performers including strings, drums, winds, and/or brass. He has also served on the summer faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA as pianist and opera coach for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and currently the Napa Music Festival.

As a musical director he has directed and played for productions of Grease, Sweet Charity, Willy Wonka, West Side Story, for the LA Stage Star Competition and most recently, Rent. As a pianist he has also performed in productions of Cabaret, Chess, A Chorus Line, The Fantasticks, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Little Shop of Horrors, and Oklahoma.

As a concerto soloist, Mr. Lent made his Alabama Symphony debut performing Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2 to critical acclaim on 24 hours' notice to replace Andre Watts. James' numerous piano awards include prizes in the New York Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the National Chopin Competition, and the Washington International Piano Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Mr. Lent's other orchestral appearances include the Vancouver Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Torrence Symphony, the Utah Symphony and the Florida West Coast Symphony. His solo recital appearances include performances at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Lubeck, Germany; for the National Chopin Foundation in Miami, a Boston recital debut at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he gave the world premiere of a new work written for him by noted contemporary American composer Frederic Rzewski. His performances have been heard on New York's WQXR and National Public Radio's Performance Today. Mr. Lent was invited to participate in the Pierre Boulez Workshop for Instrumentalists and Conductors at Carnegie Hall where he performed with the renowned Ensemble Intercontemporain under the direction of Maestro Boulez in a sold-out concert at Weill Recital Hall. Mr. Lent was a fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.


Dr. Lent is a native of Houston where he attended the Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and the University of Houston. Since completing his Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale, Dr. Lent has been based in Los Angeles.
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I cannot say strongly enough how pleased we were with James Lent. He is a true professional. He arrived in plenty of time so that when our guests started arriving really early, he was ready and simply started playing as if that was the time we had agreed on all along. Our guests commented on his talent and style. He gave just the right touch to the evening. The five stars for rating aren't enough. On a scale of 1 to 5, I'd give James a 25! I recommend him highly.

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Wow! We can't say enough about James! We had a cocktail party/wedding reception and booked him based on his reviews on gigmasters. He was exceptional, from communication before hand about songs we liked, arriving early, dressed professionally and gave an amazing performance. He brought two other instrumentalists to accompany him after playing by himself and that worked out so well. I received so many compliments on the music. He was very accommodating to requests for several songs, and was very skillful in playing around our "toasts". He is amazing and would use James again in a heartbeat!

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James was perfect for my friends' wedding. He came totally prepared and was a very good sport when we threw a curveball or two at him. He followed our group of tipsy non-professional singer adeptly and with good humor. He also graciously accepted our invitation to hire him for an additional two hours when the guests didn't want him to leave, which is the best sign of all.

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A Total Eclipse of the Heart
Bonnie Tyler
A Whole New World
Aladdin
Ain't Misbehavin
Standard
Air on the G String
Bach
All I Ask of You
Lloyd Webber
All That Jazz
Kanders and Ebb
All in the Family
TV
All of Me
Standard
All the Things You Are
Jerome Kern
Anthem
Chess
Piano
Classical Piano
Jazz Piano
Blues Piano
Pop Piano
Cabaret Piano
Broadway Piano
Chamber Music Piano
70's Hits Piano
80's Hits Piano
90's Hits Piano
Jazz Keyboards
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Graduation Parties
High School Reunions
Please note James Lent - Pianist and Entertainer will also travel to Alhambra, Bell Gardens, Glendale, Huntington Park, Maywood, Monterey Park, Bell, Hollywood, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Montebello, South Gate, Burbank, Beverly Hills, Inglewood, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, Culver City, Downey, El Monte, Lynwood, Pico Rivera, Toluca Lake, Universal City, Willowbrook, Compton, La Canada, Montrose, North Hollywood.
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