The Ivory Tickler

Piano from Ashburn, VA - Will travel up to 500 miles
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Anything Piano. I am primarily known for ragtime, but have a good classical repertoire, well versed in many facets of jazz and have worked as a jazz pianist and bassist, ensemble work with big bands, keys for cover bands, pop and rock piano as both soloist and ensemble member, and a versatile wedding ceremony/reception pianist with broad references. Anything from Bach to Adele and in between.

I particularly enjoy entertaining for parties, given that I can just blend into the background with a focused set, or respond immediately to a call for requests. The feedback from these types of events is often energizing, and keeps me challenged in a good way.

Among the unique shows I offer are silent film evenings with live-accompanied comedy shorts and/or features from the 1910s and 1920s. These are good fundraisers, are family friendly, and work equally well for groups of teens as they do seniors.

Well versed in jazz piano ranging from 1920s traditional jazz groups to the works of Brubeck, Corea, Winston, Evans, Shearing, and others. Also have an upright and can double as a bassist with ensembles. As a ragtime and jazz historian, I bring a storied perspective to the work that can be both authentic and enhanced with modern sensibility.

Worked for years at venues that required entertainment for drinking, ranging from Durango, CO to Alexandria, VA, which required frequent performance of standard pop songs from the 1910s to 1990s, television themes, party songs, etc. More than just passable as a singing leader to get the crowd going.

Classical works include many by Beethoven, Brahms, and particularly Chopin, as well as some 20th century classics like Ferdé Grofé, George Gershwin, Zez Confrey, and other crossover composers. A wide variety suited for Christian, Jewish, or generic weddings.

Themed weddings can also be done, ranging from Baroque to Disney, Star Wars or Game of Thrones. I have ready access to some other instrumentalists, including a dynamic second piano partner for exciting duets, plus classical guitarists, flautists and violinists. Custom wedding music also composed upon request, and MIDI orchestral arrangements for a broader sound can be quickly assembled.

Specialty is in ragtime, where I am regarded as one of the top performers in that field. Happy and joyous music mixed with good blues tunes and comic songs provide something both old and new for audiences, and a great deal of new music has also been adapted into that format from a surprising range of selections.

Other skills include professional piano technician, so if there is any question about the instrument, tuning and/or repair can be affected with advance notice. Also have keys and a high-powered sound system for gigs both indoors and out. Musical samples readily available, and 42 CDs have already been released over the past 30 years.

Regular attendee of jazz and ragtime festivals around the United States, including the annual Greenfield Village event at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, each July since its inception. I was also one of a handful of pianists who were the subject of a documentary released in 2012 titled The Entertainers.
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Celebration

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He was very professional and talented. Nicely dressed for the occasion and had an incredible library of songs in his head. The Ivory tickler can play anything on request! I will surely call on him again for my next event.

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New Year's Eve Party

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Bill was terrific, he played for hours with all styles of sing-along tunes. The crowd responded and he was a welcome part of our overall Chicago theme. Very professional and polite, he was ready to play on time and did not disappoint!

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Baby Shower

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Ivory Tickler was prompt, very knowledgeable of the songs for my baby shower event. He was also a very good Jazz player pianist. My guest loved him and I would like to book him for every event that will require his services.

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2018
Jun
14
Corporate Function
McLean, VA
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
2018
Apr
25
Cocktail Party
Leesburg, VA
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
2018
Jan
7
Celebration
Chevy Chase, MD
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2017
Dec
31
New Year's Eve Party
Linthicum Heights, MD
9:30 PM - 1:00 AM
2017
Dec
25
Christmas Party
Bethesda, MD
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2017
Dec
22
Christmas Party
Haymarket, VA
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Pop Piano
Big Band Piano
Oldies Piano
Broadway Piano
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Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
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Christenings
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First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note The Ivory Tickler will also travel to Philomont, Dulles, Dulles Airport, Lincoln, Sterling, Arcola, Herndon, Leesburg, Rippon, Poolesville, Aldie, Reston, Beallsville, Blair, Chantilly, Halltown, Millville, Bakerton, Great Falls, Paeonian Springs.
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