Singing pianist

Julie Dunn

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Singing pianist
Yeovil
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Julie is an experienced and dynamic performer who always works with top musicians and loves to engage with her audiences wherever she goes.

Having learnt piano from an early age and performing in many school, college events as I grew older, I've always loved singing and playing both for personal pleasure and in an increasingly professional capacity. My parents both had fabulous voices and always had Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra et al on the radio as well as a great deal of all sorts of other musical styles - classical, pop, blues, latin ..you name it we listened to it! I've several degrees in Music - BA Hons + MA (researching Jazz Improv. & the Vocalist, Traditional Irish Music & Performance Practice) & LTCL Piano Diploma - and currently teach & perform to a high standard mainly in the SW UK where I am based, also further afield. I have recorded several acclaimed albums with notable UK/International jazz artists - including John Horler, Tony Coe, Alec Dankworth, Winston Clifford - over the past decade, touring the UK with Jazz Services Funding & garnering rave reviews. I have a wide ranging repertoire from Bach to Ed Sheeran and am equally at home performing laid back jazz to full-on funk, pop, soul or rock with virtually everything in between! I sing in a number of different languages (Portuguese/Brazilian, Spanish, Italian etc) & love French in particular...so romantic.. I am currently in the process of forming new musical liaisons and hope to create some original material in the coming year. I am happy to discuss your particular musical event requirements should you contact me, and assure you I will always provide a top quality performance where booked.

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
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Traditional church music, Contemporary Christian, Christmas, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Latin jazz, Swing, Gospel, Modern jazz, Jazz fusion, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Motown, Soul, Tribute, Vintage, Funk, Funk rock, Ambient pop, Classic rock, Rock, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Indie, Cuban music, French music, World music, Bossa nova, Italian music, Samba, Spanish music, Latin, 1940s era music, 1930s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Opera, Folk rock, 1980s era music, Brazilian music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant 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:
Songwriter, Lyricist, Composer, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Community music worker
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Song list

SINATRA SONGLIST
All or nothing at all
All the Way
Angel Eyes
Autumn in N/York
Come Fly with Me
Everything happens to Me
Fly me to the Moon
High Hopes
I get a kick out of You
I've got you under my skin
I've never been in love before
It was a very good year
Lady is a Tramp
Let's get away from it all
Love & Marriage
My Way
New York, New York
Night & Day
Old Devil Moon
One for my Baby
Second time around
Strangers in the Night
Summer Wind
Tea for Two
That's Life
Too close for comfort
Too marvelous for Words
You make me feel so young
Young at Heart
ELLA FITZGERALD SONGLIST
Ain't misbehavin'
Basin St Blues
Blue Moon
C-Jam Blues
Can't help lovin' that man
Cheek to Cheek
Come Rain or Come Shine
Comes Love
Days of Wine & Roses
Desafinado
Diamonds are a girl's best friend
Don't be that way
Easy living
Embraceable you
Eve'ry time we say Goodbye
A Foggy Day
Gee baby ain't I good to You
Girl Talk
I'm beginning to see the Light
I've got the world on a string
Paper moon
Let's do it (Let's fall in Love)
Love for Sale
lush Life
Man I Love
Manhattan
Moonlight in Vermont
Nature Boy
Night & Day
Once I Loved
One note Samba
Our love is here to Stay
Pick yourself Up
Satin Doll
Savoy
So danco Samba
Speak Low
Stormy Weather
That old Feeling
They all Laughed
This time the dream's on Me
Wave
Way you look Tonight
Wonderful world
Why don't you do right
You go to my Head
You took advantage of Me
VAN MORRISON SONGLIST
Have I told You Lately that I Love You
Moon Dance
Tupelo Honey
Brown-eyed Girl
Whenever God Shines His Light
Someone Like You
(and many more, please request any special favourites)
ROCK & POP (VARIOUS - Please request any particular tunes)
ELTON JOHN
Crocodile Rock
Don't let the sun go down on me
Your Song
Someone saved my life tonight
Sorry seems to be the hardest word
Don't go breakin' my heart
Rocket Man
Daniel
Can you feel the love tonight
Benny & the Jets
BEATLES - all!
CAROLE KING
You've got a friend
Tapestry
Way over yonder
Up on the roof
It's too late
I feel the Earth Move
So far away
Will you still love me tomorrow
ARETHA FRANKLIN
Chain of fools
Don't play that song for me
Respect
I say a little prayer
Natural Woman
I never loved a man (the way I loved you)
Think
I knew you were waiting
(& more..)
STEVIE WONDER
Superstition
Don't you worry 'bout a thing
For Once in my Life
My Cherie Amour
As (Always)
Happy Birthday
(& many more...)
STING/POLICE
Every Little Thing
Fragile
Message in a Bottle
Englishman in NY
Roxanne
Every breath you take
(& many more..)
POP/ROCK BANDS & ARTISTS including:
Annie Lennox/Fleetwood Mac/Tom Waits/Paul Simon/Adele/
Snow Patrol/Keane/Pretenders/Suzanne Vega/Coldplay/KTTunstall/
Phil Collins/Bruce Hornsby/Kinks/Kirsty MacColl (Pogues)/Joni Mitchell/
Imelda May/Paloma Faith/Caro Emerald/Nora Jones/Bowie...
MOTOWN/SOUL
Too many to list, please ask me for your favourites....!
ACID JAZZ & FUNK
Brand New Heavies - Dream on Dreamer/Apparently Nothin'
Midnight at The Oasis
Ain't Nobody (Chaka Khan)
Groove is in the heart
James Brown - I Feel Good & others
JAZZ DUO SET LIST DEC'17
Night & day
It ain’t necessarily so
Nearness of you
New York state of mind
That old devil called love
Let’s take a walk around the block
St. Louis blues
Spooky
On broadway
One from the heart
Worksong
Lets call the whole thing off
That old black magic
Pick yourself up
You don’t know what love is
Perdido
Natural woman
Its all right with me
Bewitched
Sister moon
Mad about the boy
My way
Mac the knife
SINATRA SET LIST 15/07/16
Lady is a tramp
Come fly with me
All or nothing at all
It was a very good year
It’s all right with me
That’s life
Too marvellous for words
All the way
Fly me to the moon
I’ve got you under my skin
You make me feel so young
NINA SIMONE TRIBUTE GIG
Ain’t no ...I got Life
House of the Rising Sun
Don’t let me be Misunderstood
I loves you Porgy
Work Song
My Baby Just Cares for me
I Put a Spell on You
Be my Husband
I Wish I knew how it would feel to be Free
The Other Woman
Feelin’ Good
Love me or Leave Me
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

If working with others: whilst I have to be mindful my musicians may have other performing commitments and may be unable to be as flexible as they would like, I myself try to be as flexible as possible and do my very best to accommodate any unforeseen changes to the original booking as long as communication is good and expectations are reasonable.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I can provide PA to play itunes/playlist through mobile phone or tablet but don't currently provide DJ service in addition to my live performance.

How much time do you need to set up?

1 hour is perfect, half an hour can suffice if really necessary, ie if access to facility is limited or constrained by other factors.

If I have a piano at my venue, are you happy to perform on that?

As long as the piano is in tune and has all the requisite notes I'm fine by that! However, I would need to be sure of its reliability beforehand.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

Of course I would be most happy to oblige wherever I can (as long as I am given enough notice/have a reasonable amount of time to absorb any unfamiliar tunes/tunes not currently in my repertoire) - I know a huge repertoire of songs but still find there are more to learn!

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes. My excellent Yamaha Stage Piano has seen me through many a successful gig over the past several years and gives a solid yet expressive & complementary accompaniment to my voice, with its varying sound possibilities. The Grand Piano feature is my favourite, but I frequently employ split/double sounds (eg piano & strings or piano & bass etc) for variety.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

As long as any specific song request suits my voice (ie I'm not a coloratura soprano so I would regrettably decline to perform Mozart's "Queen of the Night" Aria however much you paid me!) I am absolutely up for learning anything new - I love discovering new songs of any genre and am incredibly fast at absorbing new material.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My love of performing, my engagement with my audiences, my absolute commitment to giving the audience a great time; my sense of humour & fun; my versatility (If I feel the time is right to change my song list unexpectedly, I am very adaptable and try to assess what's right at any particular moment)

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Pizza Express Dean St; Pizza on the Park, Knightsbridge; NT Foyer, South Bank; Bulls Head, Barnes; Symphony Hall Birmingham; Millennium Centre Cardiff; Stables Wavenden; Bridport Arts Centre; Marine Theatre Lyme Regis;various jazz clubs including Ascot/St Ives & many more.. Numerous festivals including Llandudno, Swanage & Chichester Jazz Festivals & more.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Ella Fitzgerald, Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Lennon & McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, George Harrison, Suzanne Vega, Carole King, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, JS Bach, Handel, Ravel, Debussy, Faure....basically too many to mention!

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

There are several fairly high profile gigs I've done but among them Dean St Express at start of UK album tour ("What's it All About" on 33 Records) stands out as a terrific night, with superb band comprising myself on vocals; pianist/composer/arranger John Horler; virtuoso Sax player Tony Coe; bassist Paul Morgan; Drummer Quinny Lawrence.

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£87.50
Up to 1 hour£175
Up to 2 hours£275
Up to 3 hours£375

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Hilary B, 6 months ago

From start to finish, everything was perfect. Julie played for my mother’s 95th birthday. She responded perfectly to what we needed even to the extent of going to the trouble of learning a few of Mum’s favourites that were new to her repertoire. On the day, her performance was delightful and sensitively tailored to the situation. Many of our guests commented on what a lovely voice she has and how lovely it was to hear all the old tunes so beautifully sung. We would happily recommend Julie to anyone and would like to thank her for helping to make Mum’s day truly special. Our thanks, too to Encore for providing the platform for us to find Julie.

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Lloyd I, 1 year ago

Thank you Julie and team for a fantastic night of music on Wednesday, everyone had a special evening, and thoroughly enjoyed it! Looking forward to booking you again in the Summer :-)

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Jacky G, 9 months ago

Review – Julie Dunn, A Night at the Musicals and A Night at the Movies Julie has performed on two occasions at West Coker Village Hall with very positive comments from members of the audiences. The first evening, consisting of numbers from musicals ranging from the fifties to the present day, was just the ticket for our mostly mature audience, so much so, that a similar genre of music from the movies was ideal for her second performance for us. Her audiences liked the easy rapport that she quickly established with them. Her expressive vocals were much appreciated as was her ability on the keyboard. Both events enabled us to raise much needed funds in support of our village hall.

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John W, 1 year ago

Julie worked with us before the night to produce a fantastic set that suited our joint 60th birthday party perfectly. Then, on the night, Julie and the band performed the set beautifully. The dance floor was full from start to finish, and many of our guests remarked how much they had enjoyed the music. Julie and the band helped make our party a truly memorable evening. I'll certainly recommend her to any friends who need a band!

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