Rob Baker

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About Rob

Rob is a dynamic, versatile pianist with a wide and varied repertoire. He plays with skill, flair and good humour.
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Rob has been playing jazz for over two decades in hotels, jazz ensembles, at weddings and parties. He studied piano to Grade 8 and beyond at university and has performed in a dozen countries across four continents. Rob has been a regular pianist at Luton Hoo Hotel since 2016. From a young age, Rob found he was able to listen to tunes and immediately play then on the piano; it is this gift which has enabled him to build up a huge repertoire of piano tunes covering a broad range of genres. Rob's friendly, energetic personality which allow him to engage to positively with guests and audiences, and this joy also comes through in his music; a treat for any occasion.

Rob's Reviews

From customers:

Client H
7 years ago

Rob was playing skilful jazz in Luton Hoo Lounge. It really made my evening!

J. C
6 years ago

Rob has a real talent for making a piece of music 'come alive'. He would be a wonderful pianist to have at any function.

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Rob's Song list

Below is a selection of songs I can play, but if you have other requests, I can probably learn them too!
Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone
All Star
All You Need Is Love
Annie's Song
Baby Love
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Brown Eyed Girl
California Dreamin
Candle in the Wind
Careless Whisper
Close to you
Counting Stars
Da Do Ron Ron Ron
Dancing Queen
Daydream believer
Don't Look Back in Anger
Don't know why
Don't Stop Believin
God Only Knows
Good by Yellow Brick Road
Greatest Love of All
Green Green Grass
Fields of Gold
Here Comes The Sun
Hey Jude
Hotel California
House of the Rising Sun
How Deep Is Your Love
I do, I do, I do, I do, I do
I believe I Can Fly
I believe in Angels
I Get Around
I Have a Dream
I Just Called to say I Love You
I'll be There
I love You Always Forever
I love you just the way you are
I Wanna Dance with Somebody
I Wanna Hold Your Hand
I Will Always Love You
I Will Survive
Killing Me Softly
Kiss From a Rose
Lady in Red
Lean on Me
Let It Be
Living on a Prayer
Lovely Day
Love Yourself
Mad World
Mamma Mia
Mr Brightside
My Way
Old Town Road
People Get Ready
Piano Man
Radio Ga Ga
Shape of You
Sir Duke
Something Stupid
Sounds of Silence
Space Man
Stand By Me
Stop in the Name of Love
Sweet Caroline
That's What Friends Are For
This Thing Called Love
Thousand Years
Time After Time
To Make You Feel My Love
Unchained Melody
Waterloo Sunset
We Are the Champions
Where is a the Love
Whiter Shade of Pale
Wind Beneath my Wings
Windmills of your mind
Wouldn't it be Nice
The Winner Takes it All
Thinking Out loud
Yellow Submarine
You Are The Sunshine of My Life
A Foggy Day In London Town
After You've Gone
Ain't Misbehavin
All of Me
All the things you are
A Nightingale sang
April in Paris
As time goes by
Autumn in New York
Autumn Leaves
Baby ain't I good to you
Blue Bossa
Blue Moon
Blue Skies
B Minor Waltz (Bill Evans)
Body and Soul
But Beautiful
Bye Bye Blackbird
Call Me Irresponsible
Can't help Loving that Man
Come Fly with me
Cry me a River
Don't get around much anymore
Dream a little dream for me
Everything Happens To Me
Fascinating Rhythm
Fly me to the moon
Georgia on my mind
Girl from Ipenema
Heaven, I'm in Heaven
I can't get started
I can't give you anything but love
I get a kick out of you
I Got Rhythm
I'll never smile again
I'll remember April
I left my heart in San Francisco
I'm beginning to see the light
I'm gonna sit right down
In The Mood
It had to be you
The Lady is a Tramp
Let's call the whole thing off
Lullaby for Birdland
Moonlight Becomes You
Moonlight in Vermont
Moon River
My Foolish Heart
Funny Valentine
My Romance
Nature Boy
The nearness of you
New York, New York
Oh Danny Boy
On the Street where you Live
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Our love is here to stay
Pennies from Heaven
PS I love you
Satin Doll
Sentimental Journey
Shadow of your smile
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Stars Fell on Alabama
Stella by Starlight
Stompin at the Savoy
Stormy weather
Stranger in Paradise
Take the 'A' Train
Tea for Two
There will never be another you
These Foolish Things
The very thought of you
The way you look tonight
La Vie en Rose
Waltz for Debbie
What a Difference A Day Makes
What a Wonderful World
Who Knows Where or When
You brought a new kind of love
Another Day of Sun
Bare Necessities
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Do You Hear The People Sing
Dr Zhivago
Every Time we say goodbye
Glasgow Theme
I Could Have Danced All Night
I Dreamed a Dream
I Loves You Porgy (Gershwin
I Wanna Be In America
I wish you love
Love, love changes everything
Love is all around
Forrest Gump
Mia and Sebastian's Theme
Million Dreams
Music of the Night
My Favourite Things
People will say we're in love
Pure Imagination
Raindrops keep falling on my head
Some Day my Prince Will Come
Someone to watch over me
Somewhere (Bernstein)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Sunrise Sunset
When You Wish Upon a Star
You Must Remember This
You've Got a Friend in Me
Blue Christmas
Carol of the Bells
Chestnuts Roasting
Christmas Time is Here
Christmas Waltz
Fairytale of New York
Frosty The Snowman
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Merry Christmas Everyone
Merry Christmas War is Over
O Holy Night
Silent Night
Sleigh Ride
Stop The Cavalry
White Christmas
Wonderful Christmastime
The Entertainer
Forgotten Dreams
Fur Elise
I Giorni
Maple Leaf Rag
Morning Dance
La Onda
The River Flows in You

Rob'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)£125
Up to 1 hour£150
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£300
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

They love my energy, my ability to improvise, and the range of songs I play. Vibrant jazz tunes like 'Fly Me To The Moon' and 'Girl from Ipenema' go down a treat, as do mellow tunes such as 'Cry Me a River' or 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes'. My pop and show tunes are also greatly appreciated, as are instrumental numbers by Einaudi, Yirumi or Thiersen.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Here is a selection of some of my venues: Old Deanery Restaurant, Ripon Majestic Hotel, Harrogate Churchill Hotel, London Luton Hoo Hotel Ripley Castle Ripon Cathedral Champneys Spa, Henlow Westlodge Park Hotel, Cockfosters Hotel Criolia, St Denis, Reunion Repaire de Bacchus, Cotonou, Benin San Toro Restaurant, Bamako, Mali Twinwoods Festival, Bedford

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Bill Evans Miles Davis Theolonious Monk Fats Waller Ludovico Einaudi Dino Karsonakis

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

Chris Evans Breakfast Show (Virgin Radio) Bedford West End Proms (8000 people)

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

Let me know as soon as you know the new times, and I'll do my very best to accommodate you. I'll be a flexible as I can!

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

I can stream a playlist through my PA during breaks if you would like this; just let me know any songs you would like.

How much time do you need to set up?

I can set up my piano and PA in about 10 minutes.

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

Yes, of course - as long as the piano is in working order and in tune, then I'm happy to play on it!

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

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests have an amazing time. However, I'm definitely happy to chat repertoire with you to find what works for your event. I have playlists covering jazz, pop, show tunes and easy-listening, so you can choose one of these, or I can do a mixture.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, absolutely! I have an excellent Korg electric piano, which is compact but sounds like a grand piano.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in my list, there's still a good chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn for your event, I can do this too.
Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Traditional church music, Jazz, Blues, Dixieland, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Swing, Ragtime, Gospel, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Covers, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Cuban music, French music, Reggae, Salsa, Samba, Skiffle, Ska
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Event types:
Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Theory teaching, Instrumental teaching, Musicologist, Community music worker, Composition teaching, Accompanist
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