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Daniel Nathan Benisty

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Daniel is a one-of-a-kind all rounder pianist, singer, entertainer performing many styles and also in many languages.

Daniel is a Pianist Singer Entertainer and Bandleader who performs many styles of music: Swing / Rock / Pop / Jazz / Soul / Opera / Musicals / Latin / World. Though London-born, Daniel has travelled and lived in many countries and sings in French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Russian and German. Influences and Favourites include: Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Frankie Valli, Radiohead, Muse, Smiths, A-Ha, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Debussy, Puccini, Neil Diamond, Marvin Gaye, Tom Jones, James Brown, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Ray Charles, Alicia Keys, Elton John, Dr John, Oscar Peterson, Duke Ellington, Nirvana, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Al Green, Amy Winehouse, Yasmin Levy, Maria de la Paz, Anthony and the Johnsons, Pavement, Smashing Pumpkins, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Isaac Hayes, Percy Sledge, Shostakovich, Buena Vista Social Club, Ofra Haza, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin and last but not least The Doors and Jimi Hendrix As well as a Swing Singer Entertainer, Daniel performs and entertains in many ways: as a solo singer with backing tracks, or with small or large band, a solo pianist (instrumental / classical), pianist-singer, singalong pianist, songwriter, comedian, bandleader, Elvis Tribute Artist, rhythm guitarist, host, MC, DJ and soon – An Elton John Tribute! Though his first instrument was the guitar, Daniel developed a love for playing piano in his late teens and later in his late 20s started singing with piano. More recently, Daniel also sings without playing piano as singing standing up is easier and more engaging:) Background London-born Daniel Benisty is a singer entertainer as well as jazz pianist, guitarist, songwriter and musical director. After some training in classical guitar and piano in his teens, Daniel undertook a postgraduate Jazz course at EJMA whilst living in Lausanne in his 20s. After travelling extensively and living abroad in Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain and USA for 12 years, Daniel re-emerged on the London scene in the early 2010s and has taken his performances to Music Festivals, Private Parties, Corporate Events, Weddings and Songwriting Showcases. Fresh from appearances at Bestival 2015 on the Isle Of Wight, Daniel continues his residencies and performances in London either solo or with his Jazz band. Most weekends, Daniel is singing, or band-leading at private events. Enjoying occasional invitations to perform in Musical Theatre, Daniel recently took a lead role as the Italian Tenor Tito Merelli in a Players2 Production of “Lend Me a Tenor” to fantastic critical acclaim, and will be adding more shows and variety to his portfolio in 2016/17. Songwriting Whilst living in Switzerland, Daniel co-wrote an album with Muriel Dubuis (Head of Vocals at Montreux Jazz Festival and Montreux Jazz School) and collaborated with the late David Richards (David Bowie, Queen) and Francois Planson (Theatre de Vidy). Collaborating in the UK with Jordan Brown and James Bacon, Daniel plans to release his first full-length album in 2016. Among his most enduring influences are Freddy Mercury, Elvis Presley and Jeff Buckley and indeed Daniel has either performed at, hosted, organised or musically directed Tribute Shows to each of these artists, in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Geneva, on Cruise Ships and all over the UK. A lover of live music and always searching for new talent, Daniel currently hosts and promotes two live music events and songwriting showcases in Central London. Entertainment A true eclectic with a taste for a dozen rhythms and languages, Daniel is an artist of unusual depth and breadth, who enjoys making events as interactive as possible, either by taking requests, or inviting people up to sing with him at the piano. As Musical Director of Caffe Concerto and past resident performer at the Ritz Club, RAC, New Players Theatre among other London venues, Daniel has accumulated a huge network of highly talented musicians and singers. Whether its a solo performance, a duo, trio or 12-piece band, Daniel has the experience and expertise to arrange the music and entertainment for a host of occasions. As well as making guest appearances as singer, musical director, actor, presenter or pianist at special events, Daniel is the bandleader of 2 bands: Soul Plated and the London Swing and Soul Band.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music, Classical, Opera, Contemporary classical, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Blues, Jazz fusion, Ragtime, Latin jazz, Cabaret, Swing, Modern jazz, Dixieland, Easy listening, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Americana, Covers, Funk, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Indie, Progressive rock, Alternative rock, Pop rock, Britpop, Post rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Classic rock
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Sound technician, Audio engineer, Producer, Actor, Musical comedy, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, MC, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Composition teaching
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Song list

Cheek to Cheek
Sway
Besame Mucho
Cuando
Fly me to the moon
Tu vuo fa l'americano
Mambo Italiano
My Baby Just Cares for me
Ain't No Sunshine
Summertime
If I aint got you
]Johnny Be Goode
Jailhouse Rock
Blue Suede Shoes
Sex is on Fire
Use Somebody
Suspicious Minds
Hotel California
Mustang Sally
Summer of 69
Mr Brightside
Gold
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Sweet Home Alabama
Mustang Sally
Hit the Road Jack
Wonderwall
Seven Nation Army
Twist and Shout
Brown eyed Girl
Cant take my eyes off you
Stand by me
Sunny Afternoon
Take on me
Daydream Believer
Make You Feel My Love
Home
At Last
Georgia
Close to you
Your Song
Feeling Good
Empire State of Mind
All of Me (John Legend)
American Boy
Just the Two of us
Just the way you are
Let it be
The Long and Winding Road
Love me Tender
Always on my mind
Isn't she lovely Cshm
I say a little prayer
Killing me Softly
Lovely Day
Misty
Lady is a Tramp
Via Con Me
Mas Que Nada
Puttin on the Ritz
Charleston
There will never be another you
Quizas
Witchcraft
La Bamba
Wave
All of Me (jazz)
O sole Mio / Its Now or Never
Moondance
Come fly with me
Ive got you under my skin
New York

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Simon D, 1 month ago

Excellent

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Mary R, 9 months ago

With great talent and delightful charm, Daniel made our small family Christmas party a great success. It was a real privilege to have him perform for us.!

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Nichola D, 11 months ago

Everything excellent

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Charlie G, 1 year ago

Fantastic! Really put on a great show and was loved by all

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From other customers:

July, 2 years ago

Hi Daniel, Gaby, Harrison and the rest of the incredible band, We just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for performing at our wedding!!! You are honestly the best wedding band we have ever seen!!!! Everyone has been raving about you ever since! I am already trying to get you lined up for my friend's wedding ☺️thank you for taking the time to prepare with Lizzie for our first dance and for performing The Seed with Alex ☺️☺️☺️ Adrian was so chuffed that you reserved Blue Train until he was there. He was also so grateful to Harrison for twinkling away when there was no obligation to and finally to all of you guys for genuinely looking like you had a great time too. We will definitely be coming to see you guys play live in the future! Thanks so much again, Emma and Adrian

Sept, 5 years ago

RACHEL CAMPBELL – WEDDING AT HOME HOUSE SEPT 2014 “Hi Daniel, Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks for helping to create a BEAUTIFUL wedding evening thanks to you and your band 🙂 The ceremony songs were spectacular and the dinner set was just perfect. Many thanks again xo”