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Entertaining Programs for Seniors, Clubs, and Civic Groups

With her skills and versatility, trust Cheri to make your every musical desire a reality!

  • As a pianist, Cheri spans swing, blues, ragtime, and boogie woogie to classical. Programs specialize in popular music from the first half of the twentieth century, including standards of Tin Pan Alley and Broadway and early popular jazz piano. Also programs of favorite hymns and spirituals.
  • Each program includes anecdotal historical background intended to inform and spark memories of the era.
  • As a vocalist, she is comfortable in leading singalongs as well as soloing. She can provide lyric songsheets in large type to enable singsongs.
  • Programs, offered in all types of settings, are geared to the interests and participation abilities of the audience.
  • Cheri is facile at improvisation, transposition into singable keys, playing by ear, and taking requests.
  • No piano? No problem! Cheri can bring her portable and realistic-sounding digital piano, sound, and microphone. Only an electrical outlet is needed!
  • For special occasions, volunteer appreciation events, or holiday parties, she can also furnish a small combo.
  • References are available upon request.

Programs are:

Early Jazz Piano:  Ragtime, Stride, Blues, and Boogie-Woogie.  The music of Scott Joplin, James P. Johnson, Pinetop Smith, Mary Lou Williams, Pete Johnson, George Gershwin, and Fats Waller, with stories of its history and colorful personalities, with discussion of the broader cultural milieu.

The Great American Songbook 1910-1949: A survey of the Golden Age of American popular song, with memory-sparking stories and history behind the songs, the composers, and the performers:  Ellington, the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and others. Vocal and piano solos, along with swinging singalongs such as All of Me,  Who’s Sorry Now, On the Sunnyside of the Street, and It Had to Be You.

1920-40’s: Sampler:  Vocal renditions of the great songs of the 1920-40’s along with solo piano styles of the time:  ragtime, boogie-woogie, and stride.  Some singalong included.

Spirituals:  Piano Solos and Singalongs.  The captivating and expressive song of the Afro-Americans, now part of every American’s heritage and the genesis of American blues, jazz, country, and rock.  Presented in blues and boogie-woogie jazz piano styles. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, This Little Light of Mine, Standin’ in the Need of Prayer, Go Down Moses, Wade in the Water, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, Go Tell It On the Mountain.  Discussion of the history and culture behind the music.

Beloved Hymns:  Piano Solos and Singalongs.  Jazzy rendeitions of Great Is Thy Faithfulness, How Great Thou Art, When Peace Like a River, Precious Lord, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, Shall We Gather at the River, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, Blessed Assurance, and any requests. Songsheets available.

Holiday/Seasonal Singalongs.  Christmas carols, patriotic themes for Independence/Memorial Day observance, love songs for Valentine’s Day.

Rates:

  • $225/basic. Includes consultation.
  • Additional $75/rehearsal with soloists and other instrumentalists.
  • $50 to furnish digital piano.

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“The residents enjoyed your program so much. They have been talking about it all week.”
Kathy Young, Activities Director, Highlands on Graham, St. Paul
"I cannot thank you enough for adding to M’s special day. Your accommodation of her quirky song choices was great. Many people commented on your beautiful playing at the reception as well. It was the perfect added touch."
Rosemary M., 4-2013

Mp3 Sample:  

“Kitten on the Keys” (Zez Confreys, ragtime)

 

mp3 Sample:

“Original Boogie Woogie” (Pinetop Smith)

 

mp3 Sample, piano only: 

“Blues in the Night” 

(Harold Arlen)

 

Samp3 Sample,  piano/vocals:

“Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone”  

(Stept/Clare)

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