Richard James Solo Piano/Trio

Piano from San Diego, CA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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I/We do a large variety of music, instrumental and vocal, from Sinatra, i.e. the "great American Songbook" standards to blues, and reggae, to serious jazz and some pop, etc. But if you throw in some ragtime and dixieland as well as a touch of classical you'll have a good feel for what I/We can do for your event.... We can, of course, augment the group to include horns and/or guitar as desired...

Here are a few testimonials I've received from satisfied customers:

Richard, We want to thank you and say how very much we enjoyed your performance on Saturday evening. You greatly enhanced our anniversary party, and many of our guests complimented your music…….. Warm regards, Phyllis & Stan

Richard, We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and your music created the perfect atmosphere…
Fondly, Barbara

Dear Richard, Just to say Thank you so much for adding your talents to make our wedding a success. We really enjoyed your music on the terrace, and have heard compliments from all sides.. Thanks again, Ellen

Here is some more info about me:
BIO - Richard A. James - performer and composer.
many styles: jazz and blues, latin, pop/rock, reggae, ragtime and some classical as well
instruments of choice: piano, keyboards, electric and acoustic bass and vocals

Richard James is an innovative and talented artist who has far-ranging interests. For example, he was the lead music contributor from 1996 through 2001 for the amazingly popular website (got to over a hundred million hits a month). He was constantly called upon to create short pieces to accompany the greeting cards which were abundantly available on the site. It was challenging and exhilarating, to be sure.

Richard has a background in classical and jazz piano, studying privately in New York, beginning at age 6. He studied string bass in San Diego for several years with Bert Turetzky and played in many local orchestras. "It was great exposure to the classics…."

He has performed solo and in groups extensively over the years in restaurants, nightclubs and concert situations, Broadway shows, and worked countless private engagements for clients in virtually all the major spots around San Diego, e.g. the Civic Theatre and Symphony Hall, all the major hotels and casinos in the area. Over the years he has played with such greats as Charles McPherson, Big MamaThornton, Terry Gibbs, Jimmy Noone, James Moody, Jay McShann, Bobby Gordon, etc. as well as with most local legends such as Hollis Gentry, Teddy Picou, Peter Sprague, Jimmy and Jeannie Cheatham, and Johnny Best.

Over this past summer Richard was musical director at the OB Playhouse for the show – The Spaceman of Ocean Beach. Richard also has a recording studio here in town…
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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Richard was extremely professional and talented. With very low maintenance he made my wife's birthday party unforgettable. We hired Richard to give a special touch to this event and he delivered more than what we were hoping for. I highly recommend Richard for making your party unforgetable.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Richard did a spectacular job. He was very accommodating and we worked in some sing alongs. I would recommend him for any kind of event.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Richard did a tremendous job responding to the audience. His performance contributed beautifully to the event in the background adding to the ambiance of the evening.

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2018
Feb
9
Private Party
San Diego, CA
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2018
Jan
4
Birthday Party (Adult)
La Jolla, CA
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2017
Oct
7
Wedding
San Diego, CA
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
2016
Dec
3
Christmas Party
Costa Mesa, CA
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
2015
Nov
14
Birthday Party (Adult)
San Diego, CA
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2015
Mar
17
Saint Patrick's Day Party
Vista, CA
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
All of Me
Sinatra
All or Nothing at All
Sinatra
Best is Yet to Come
Sinatra
Call Me Irresponsible
Sinatra
Come Fly with Me
Sinatra
Come Rain or Come Shine
Sinatra
Fly Me to the Moon
Sinatra
For Once in My Life
Sinatra
High Hopes
Sinatra
How Little We Know
Sinatra
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Please note Richard James Solo Piano/Trio will also travel to Poway, Rancho Santa Fe, Escondido, Del Mar, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, Cardiff By The Sea, La Jolla, Encinitas, El Cajon, Lakeside, Ramona, La Mesa, Carlsbad, Vista, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley, Oceanside, Valley Center, Alpine, Coronado, Bonsall, Lincoln Acres, National City, Bonita, San Luis Rey, Chula Vista, Pauma Valley, Jamul.
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