I have been performing since I was a teenager and love what I do. I sing and play piano, keyboard, and acoustic guitar 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, Broadway, New Age, reggae, country, and traditional and contemporary folk songs including Irish and Spirituals.
As a soloist: I can sing and play piano or my keyboard (with or without vocals), and/or sing and play acoustic guitar, or just solo acoustic guitar for wedding ceremonies.
I can also perform with back up tracks (recorded by real pro musicians) played through my two Bose sound systems (for crystal clear stereo sound) as a one man band singing and playing along with drums, bass, guitars, strings, etc.; also soloing with realistic instrument sounds played from my keyboard: soprano sax - 'Summertime', and muted trumpet - 'Comin' Home, Baby'), great sounding electric guitar solo, etc. You can hear the actual backup tracks in 'Beyond The Sea' and 'Ain't No Sunshine'.
I can also play beautiful solo piano background instrumental music to create the perfect mood in a traditional jazz style ('It Had To Be You' piano with vocal, and 'Time After Time' solo piano), and/or New Age music, and some classical ('Pachelbel Canon', 'Jasmine Corridor -orig. composition', 'Pavanne For A Dead Princess').
There is more music and videos on my website. Listen in 'Standards', 'Contemporary', 'Wedding Ballads' or 'Background Instrumental' (links on lower left). You can view more, higher quality videos on my website, or Youtube channel (google youtube Lawrence Duff)
Regarding watching/listening to videos and the audio samples: The music will sound much more better, more realistic if you listen on good speakers (or at least earbuds or headphones) that can pick up bass sounds you can't hear on little computer/phone/laptop speakers.
I also offer solo acoustic guitar music for wedding ceremonies. Listen to 'In My Life' for a sample and go to my website and click on 'Wedding's for more details.
I'm available to perform as a duo (sax, trumpet, flute, violin, guitar, etc.,), trio, or larger ensemble with some great versatile musicians. Scroll down my website homepage to see more details.
I play through two 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, and really have to be heard to be believed. My system can also be used for your announcements.
A few sample testimonials:
"Lawrence receives our highest recommendation, and we look forward to booking him again! He delighted our guests with his superior musical performance skills, pleased them with his wide repertoire, impressed them with his flexibility (when the birthday girl wanted to sing a song and dance a few steps), and charmed them with his personality. He did a good job of selecting songs based on the age of and type of guests as well. He was prompt and professional, and he even put a lot of effort into making the contracting/payment process easy for us. The birthday girl was delighted with him, and so are we! Simply "excellent" in every way". -Lisa W, Beverly Hills, CA
"Larry performed at my mother's 90th birthday party. His song list suited the tastes of three separate generations......... By the end of the evening, we were all out on the dance floor. His dance music ranged from traditional Italian circle dances to Motown and classic rock. He even accommodated my niece's burning desire to sing for the group. Overall, we would highly recommend Larry for any social event you may be planning."
Montecito, Ca. wedding:
Larry, Thank you for a memorable evening last night! Your music was superb and Erika and I were so happy you were our piano man!
Thanks again for your artistry!
..."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."
..."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."
The song lists on my website are more complete than my Gigmasters page.
I offer DJ services during breaks.