Music is my life work and passion. I sing and play keyboard and/or piano, and acoustic guitar (solo, duo, trio or my full band) 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, Brazilian, New Age, Broadway, contemporary and traditional folk, and some country.
As a performer I hold myself and the musicians I work with to the highest professional standards and always put my heart and soul into everything I do. Let us provide the soundtrack to make your wedding, party or other event a treasured memory.
I mostly perform with my jazz band, but also can perform with a mandolin player/singer, and myself on acoustic guitar (and keyboard/piano if desired) with a repertoire that features more acoustic string type songs including traditional and contemporary folk, early jazz, including some gypsy jazz, pop and rock songs. Music samples to come.
Another band I front features a great rock guitarist/singer, and many classic rock, and some R&B/soul songs from 60's, 70's, and more: Allman Brothers, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Dylan, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, and more. There are some live performance audio samples on my profile.
To see testimonials please go to my website and click on 'Testimonials' in the upper left menu. A few samples from testimonials:
(Gigmasters review) "The Lawrence Duff Group was an excellent addition to our corporate function in November. The sound of the three-piece band filled the lobby of our firm quite well and we found our guests stayed pretty close to the music all night! We would definitely recommend The Lawrence Duff group."
"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."
"His music enlivened me and inspired me to dance and feel a mood of celebration. He is an obvious master in his field. I love how versatile and eclectic his music is! Thanks, Larry!"
"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."
As a band or ensemble I can perform in many combinations of musicians: drums, bass (acoustic stand-up or electric), hand percussion (congas,etc.), alto or tenor saxs, flute, or guitar (electric, acoustic), depending on your tastes and budget.
If budget is an issue, as an additional option, I perform as a one man band with exceptionally realistic back up tracks (WAV files, not mp3s or midi tracks), of drums, bass, guitar, etc., recorded by real pro musicians in many styles, to which you can add sidemen (sax, electric or acoustic guitar, flute, hand percussion, etc). See my Gigmasters solo profile as Lawrence Duff.
I also perform as a soloist (simple vocal and piano/keyboard or guitar, or with one man band backup tracks). You can check out my listing as solo artist on Gigmasters (singer, pianist, guitarist), as Lawrence Duff and hear additional music, or go to my website and hear more music and see my full song lists (click on 'Music Samples' and 'Song Lists' in the left vertical menu).
I am also available to perform for wedding ceremonies as a classical/pop ensemble with flute, cello, violin, or classical guitar, and then for cocktail hour/dinner background music as jazz/pop/light rock ensemble (see website in 'Weddings' - left menu).
I play through two state of the art 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. My system can also be used for your announcements, and for DJ services during breaks provided by myself or another DJ.
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