Mike Benjamin

Piano from Knoxville, TN - Will travel up to 500 miles
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Though he has just joined this site six years ago, Mike Benjamin has played solo piano in the East Tennessee area for over forty years at weddings, conventions, parties, anniversaries, concerts, fund-raisers, and many social events. He has played over seventeen years at local restaurants, including Santo's Italian Restaurant, Pigeon Forge, and Knoxville's Regas Restaurant (The Gathering Place), which features fine dining and dancing. Mike has also played most weekends at the Bistro 109 in Sevierville, Tennessee for three years, and has appeared locally with singer Robbie Arledge at the Orangery Restaurant in Knoxville.

He plays a wide variety of styles (jazz, swing, Broadway, pop, light classical, light rock) and is said to have an elegant touch. Numerous appearances with local groups such as the Knoxville Pops Orchestra, Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, Johnson Swingtet, Brad Walker Orchestra, and Rosewood Trio have made Mike well known in the area. Mike plays regularly at the Gatlinburg Presbyterian Church, and plays bassoon in the Oak Ridge and Kingsport Orchestras.

If your event requires more than just a piano player, Mike has played with many professional musicians in the area; two of his favorites are Jack Furnari on saxophone/clarinet in a jazz/swing setting and Al Colombo on violin. (Some duets with Al appear here in Mike's audio samples). Both exhibit the highest caliber of playing and have enjoyed a wonderful musical collaboration with Mike in duo situations.

Whatever your event needs, Mike will be glad to discuss them in a friendly, helpful manner. Particular songs and styles, length of job/sets plus possible overtime, required dress, extra equipment needs; these are some of the topics with which Mike will be assisting you via phone or email. Feel free to contact Mike about any concerns once you are provided the contact information from this site.
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25+ GigMasters Bookings
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A GigMasters member for 5+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2017!

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Mike was awesome! Communicated great, played everything we asked, on time and professional. Great experience!

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It was a pleasure playing for you!

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Mike Benjamin is a great piano player, easy going, accommodating and has a huge selection. Our go to piano man for our future entertainment in our home.

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Mike Benjamin is an extraordinary talent and provided a truly memorable experience for us. We hired Mike to entertain our group of friends and family members on vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains. He agreed to perform for two hours but he played every bit of three hours. We sang along and Mike took requests on the spot. He can play just about anything--classical, jazz, show tunes, country, pop, etc--but he clearly feels in his element playing jazz. He can improvise as well as anyone we have ever seen. You will not be disappointed!

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FUTURE EVENTS
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2018
Feb
22
Diversicare
Oak Ridge, TN
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2018
Mar
3
Wedding Ceremony
Maryville, TN
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
2018
Mar
5
ORSO rehearsal, ORHS
Oak Ridge, TN
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
2018
Mar
10
ORSO rehearsal, ORHS
Oak Ridge, TN
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
2018
Mar
10
Wedding/Reception with band, Hunter Valley Farms
Knoxville, TN
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2018
Mar
10
ORSO concert, ORHS
Oak Ridge, TN
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2018
Feb
17
Evertte Center
Maryville, TN
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2018
Feb
13
Mardi Gras, Greenfield Senior Living
Oak Ridge, TN
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2018
Feb
9
Celebration
Abingdon, VA
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2018
Feb
3
Birthday party, Comfort Inn
Oak Ridge, TN
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2018
Jan
27
SOM Concert, Eastman
Kingsport, TN
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2018
Jan
26
SOM Concert, Emory & Henry College
Emory, VA
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
(Our) Love is Here to Stay
Ella Fitzgerald
A Kiss to Build a Dream on
Louis Armstrong
A Quiet Place
Contemporary Christian
A Taste of Honey
Herb Alpert
Ain't Misbehavin'
Fats Waller
All I Ask of You
from Phantom of the Opera
All of Me
Billie Holiday
Always
by Irving Berlin
An Affair to Remember
(Title) Movie Theme
Arrivederci, Roma
Mario Lanza, Dean Martin
Keyboards
Piano
Classical Piano
Jazz Piano
Pop Piano
Swing Piano
Oldies Piano
Broadway Piano
40's Hits Piano
Ambient Piano
Christmas Music Piano
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
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
Please note Mike Benjamin will also travel to Powell, Rockford, Louisville, Seymour, Alcoa, Corryton, Heiskell, Maryville, Mascot, Norris, Oak Ridge, Strawberry Plains, Clinton, Walland, Kodak, Andersonville, Friendsville, Blaine, Coalfield, Luttrell, Lenoir City, Maynardville, Lake City, New Market, Townsend, Briceville, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Oliver Springs, Powder Springs.
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