A well dressed, happy fella who will arrive early;flexible, courteous, a good communicator, willing to stay later than contracted, connects well with your guests, and someone to whom you will gladly give an enthusiastic review when all is done.
I play solo piano to add a touch of class to your party, corporate function, or wedding reception. I play Classic Standards, Show Tunes, and Modern Jazz. I can play MELLOW: (Misty, Over the Rainbow, Summertime, Send in the Clowns, Angel Eyes, Amazing Grace, Star,s Fell on Alabama, Rainy Days and Mondays, Moon River, All the Things You Are, When Sunny Gets Blue, Sinatra songs, etc.) or LIVELY and UPBEAT (Lady is a Tramp, Satin Doll, Teach Me Tonight, Moanin',There Will Never Be Another You, and Modern Jazz Blues). I often receive compliments on the warmth of my chord-voicings. If you reside within 20 miles of Hillsboro Village, I will AUDITION for you at no charge. My Fees are MODEST: $100 minimum. Request a playlist and a quote today!
I am retired from senior administrative positions in educational and arts institutions in the North and Canada, followed by a management consulting career. I cannot learn to read music as my ears have "a much faster processor" than my eyes, so, much as I adore it, I cannot play classical pieces (although I did perform for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ask me about that!) I started playing professionally in a Coffee House (remember them?) while a student at Brown University and have played in restaurants, lounges, and many private parties since that time. I can no longer sing, and in Nashville that is a requirement to work in restaurants and lounges, so I have jumped into the niche of Party Pianist, where one does not want the distraction of singing. As I am just starting this business, I have very low fees -- probably the lowest in town for what I do. I love to play for people, but am not trying to support myself in this manner. I am an enthusiastic (and relatively accomplished) photographer, tennis, golf and bridge player, and enjoy gardening and the life of the mind. I read scripture, usher, play the piano,and greet at St. Georges Episcopal Church.
HERE ARE A FEW REVIEWS FROM OTHER WEBSITES -- I WAS AWARDED FIVE STARS IN ALL CATEGORIES:
!!!!! DOUG PLAYS MUSIC THAT WARNS YOUR HEART! By Renee W., Nashville, on June 16, 2016
We've had Lounge Lizard play for several events at our organization - social gathering, recognition lunch and garden butterfly release. At each event he played suitable music with warmth and caring. Doug's personality is genuine and humorous and he is very amiable! The guests all loved him and his music!
N.B. This was from ALIVE HOSPICE where I also volunteer playing for the residents and their families, Doug
!!!!! PERFORMED FOR TWO EVENTS AT OUR LUXURY DEALERSHIPS. By Mat C., Nashville, on May 5, 2016
We booked Lounge Lizard Stylings to play at events for two of our luxury dealerships here in Nashville TN. Our guests provided us with extremely positive feedback regarding the music that Doug Gortner (Lounge Lizard Stylings) played during the two events. Lounge Lizard Stylings provides a touch of class to an evening, and we would highly recommend booking him for future events. N.B. These two events were Customer Appreciation Dinners hosted by LEXUS , Doug
!!!!! PLEASANT EVENING By Liz K., on June 27, 2015
Lounge Lizard performed at the birthday of a 70-year-old friend. The music was a lovely time-period appropriate background to an outdoor cocktail hour and an indoor dinner. He was very talented and entertaining. Also, prompt, agreeable (needed to relocate during the evening and had to move his piano) and very cordial to guests.
!!!!! WHAT A PLEASURE By Dr. Ned J., on July 30, 2015
Doug at our party of 40 + people was a smashing success!! What an evening! Thank you, Doug!
N.B. Cocktail Party at Rokeby Condominiums, Doug
!!!!! FABULOUS! By Laura H. on May 11, 2015
Thanks so much to Lounge Lizard for making our party fabulous! He is a talented and fun performer. I highly recommend him!
N.B. This was a seventieth Birthday Party for the head of a recruiting firm in Murffresboro, Doug