Singing pianist

Julie Dunn

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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.
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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 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 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 when booked. Over recent years I have been performing in numerous festivals and venues around the Uk including Beaminster, Gillingham & Swanage Festivals in Dorset; Duchy of Cornwall Nursery Lostwithiel; Dillington House Somerset; Bridport & Guggleton Farm Arts Centres; Marine Theatre Lyme Regis and many more weird and wonderful venues! I have performed a number of well-attended Retrospective Concerts together with my double bassist and fellow pianist featuring the music of Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Elton John and Sting. I love what I do and my audiences seem to love it too!

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Julie's Reviews

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Ian M
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Julie was a professional from start to finish. Our communication was smooth and prompt. Julie had jumped in at the last minute to cover another pianist that let us down. The event was always going to be odd and Julie did he best in a difficult situation. Julie arrived on time, her roadie (husband & chauffer) set up quickly and professionally, whilst Julie took on board the comments and requirements from organisers. I would book her again and cannot recommend her highly enough. Ian M. Centre Manager BMC Hampshire.

Reply from Julie
6 months ago

Your warm welcome and thoughtful support on the night was much appreciated Ian - what a great bunch of people you are: I really felt welcomed right from the start! Appreciating the tricky dynamics of the event itself and disappointment of being let down, I’m glad the music went a decent way towards fitting the bill nonetheless. Thank you for your kind and perceptive thoughts and I look forward to possibly being of service on another occasion in future. Very best to you!

8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Julie stepped in last minute as we had a cancellation and was superb! Great variety of sing along music and interacted with the audience 💕

Reply from Julie
8 months ago

Ah thanks so much Jo it was lovely to have met all your people and to have been able to save the day 🤩

Clare C
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Thank you Julie for making our Father’s 70th Birthday SO special. You were utterly fabulous from start to finish and we cannot thank you enough! We could have danced to your beautiful voice for hours on end and didn’t want the evening to end. Thank you once again!

Reply from Julie
1 year ago

It was a real pleasure Clare! So glad everyone had a great time, I was absolutely delighted to have made your father’s special birthday one to remember. Thank you for engaging me! All good wishes, Julie x

Poppy F
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Julie came to our rescue when our band let us down just 2 weeks to our wedding. She went to great lengths to provide us with everything we were looking for and even let us use their sound system (speakers etc.) When they had finished playing. Julie was very professional throughout the process and guided us through the day. We would 100% hire Julie again and will say to anyone looking for a fantastic band for any occasion to book her. Thank you once again Julie you and your band made our wedding day so perfect.

Reply from Julie
1 year ago

So glad you were happy with what my band and I played Poppy - I have to say we were totally blown away by the enthusiasm of your dancing wedding guests and I’m sure that made us play even better as a result!! It was a great pleasure to have been able to have provided you at late notice with the music you wanted for your big day after your previous disappointment etc, and I’m hoping you and your guests will have happy memories of the day for many years to come. Many thanks for looking after us all so thoughtfully, I can tell you the band certainly appreciated their cold drinks in the hot weather! Take care and thanks again for asking me and my musicians to bring some musical happiness to your wedding celebrations. Julie x

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From other customers:

Rosemary B
3 years ago, for a Private event in Personalized Music Message performed in my own home
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5 out of 5

Julie's Personal Music Messages (PMM) are a real find for that special occasion, and more so in the current circumstances when it is difficult to get out. I found it very easy to use the website to request what I wanted and was amazed by how quick it was to get the PMM. It was for my brother-in-law's 70th birthday and I was thrilled with the result, and my brother-in-law was 'deeply moved'. This is some of what my brother-in-law and sister said in response: ' .... the gift of song in 'Living Hope' is a precious gift. For such thoughtfulness we most wholeheartedly thank you both and Julie. You have made this day so beautiful!'

Siska R
3 years ago, for a Private event in Personalized Music Message performed in my own home
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5 out of 5

I loved my personalized Music Message from Julie Dunn, well know Jazz icon in the UK - The song I chose was sung and played beautifully for me! It’s a very special gift - thank you, Julie!

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Julie's Song list

Santa Baby/Baby it's Cold Outside/Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (The Christmas Song)/White Christmas/Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas/The Man with the Bag/I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/Sleigh Ride Song (Winter Wonderland)/When Santa got stuck up the Chimney/Silver Bells/Let it Snow!/Mister Santa/Here comes Santa Claus/Frosty the Snowman/Rockin' around the Christmas Tree/Santa Claus is coming to Town/Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Scarlet Ribbons/All I want for Christmas is my 2 Front Teeth/Blue Christmas/Feliz Navidad/Jingle Bell Rock/When a Child is Born/Christmas Alphabet/Mary's Boy Child/Jingle Bells...
2000 Miles - Pretenders
All I want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
Blue Christmas - Elvis
Fairytale of new York - Pogues
Frosty the Snowman - Ronettes
Happy Xmas (War is Over) - John Lennon
I Believe in Father Christmas - Greg Lake
Last Christmas - Wham
Merry Christmas Darling - Carpenters
Merry Christmas Everybody- Slade
A Spaceman came travelling - Chris de Burgh
River - Joni Mitchell
Step into Christmas - Elton John
Where are you Christmas - from the film The Grinch
Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney
Be born in Me - Francesca Battistelli
O Holy Night - Celine Dion
Where are you Christmas - Faith Hill
12 Days of Christmas/We wish you a Merry Christmas
3 Kings - Peter Cornelius
Cherry tree Carol
The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
Huron Carol
(All the usual carols & plenty of unusual ones - too many to list here!!!)
eg -
Silent Night/Hark the Herald Angels Sing/I saw 3 Ships/God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen/In the Bleak Midwinter/See amid the Winter's Snow/Holly & the Ivy/once in Royal David's City etc etc..
Mon Beau Sapin - Fr.
Noel Nouvelet - French Trad.
Santa Natale - It.
Stille Nacht - Ger.
JSBach - Christmas Oratorio
Britten - A Ceremony of Carols
Corelli - Christmas Concerto
Handel - Messiah
Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker
Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Greensleeves
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
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
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
Moonlight in Vermont
Nature Boy
Night & Day
Once I Loved
One note Samba
Our love is here to Stay
Pick yourself Up
Satin Doll
So danco Samba
Speak Low
Stormy Weather
That old Feeling
They all Laughed
This time the dream's on Me
Way you look Tonight
Wonderful world
Why don't you do right
You go to my Head
You took advantage of Me
Have I told You Lately that I Love You
Days like This
Baby please don't go
Fair Play
Linden Arden Stole the Highlights
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)
Crocodile Rock
Don't let the sun go down on me
Your Song
Candle in the Wind
Someone saved my life tonight
Sorry seems to be the hardest word
Don't go breakin' my heart
Rocket Man
I'm still standing
Can you feel the love tonight
Benny & the Jets
BEATLES - all!
You've got a friend
Been to Canaan
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
Chain of fools
Don't play that song for me
I say a little prayer
Natural Woman
Bridge over Troubled Water
I never loved a man (the way I loved you)
I knew you were waiting
(& more..)
Signed, sealed , delivered I'm yours
Don't you worry 'bout a thing
For Once in my Life
My Cherie Amour
Part-time Lover
As (Always)
Happy Birthday
(& many more...)
Every Little Thing
Message in a Bottle
Mad about you
Englishman in NY
Every breath you take
(& many more..)
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...
Too many to list, please ask me for your favourites....!
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
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
On broadway
One from the heart
Lets call the whole thing off
That old black magic
Pick yourself up
You don’t know what love is
Natural woman
Its all right with me
Sister moon
Mad about the boy
My way
Mac the knife
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
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

Julie's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

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
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.
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Songwriter, Lyricist, Composer, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Community music worker, Accompanist
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