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About Sanford Blaze

Professional pianist providing great musical ambiance for any event.
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San Diego

I possess a BA Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in music theory, performance, and composition from SUNY at Buffalo I recently served as music director and organist/pianist at Alpine Community Church I'm a Professional Pianist Specializing in performance at all Types of Events. I'm Available Anywhere in Southern California. I can play at any event such as weddings, holiday parties, corporate events, cocktail lounge, restaurant, or jazz club. With my years of professional piano playing, any client can be sure to have a great musical experience. I have been a professional pianist for most of my life some of my performance highlights include: -Played at The Concord and Grossinger's at the Catskills (Kiamesha Lake and Liberty, N.Y.). -Played for the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island, Michigan. -Various clubs in New York City including the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village. -Numerous private parties -Weddings -Corporate events -Large and small fundraisers -Soloist for background music during cocktails -Performed as an accompanist for vocals -Played piano with jazz quartets and with larger jazz orchestras. -During years 1978 and 1979, I was the piano accompanist for Gaines Steele, the last surviving member of the famed “Ink Spots”. -I Frequently gave private piano lessons throughout my career. My musical Genre includes: -Standards -Classical -Show Tunes -Jazz -Latin -Rock -Country Western -Contemporary -Ethnic I have always been extremely passionate about piano playing. My goal is to have as many people enjoy listening to my music just as much as I enjoy playing it. I'm a professional pianist who will always please any client by providing elegant ambiance to any event.

Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Baroque, Classical, Contemporary classical, Ambient, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Country, Folk rock, Folk, Blues, Latin jazz, Swing, Dixieland, Cabaret, Ambient pop, Pop, Bossa nova, Italian music, Polka, Russian music, Samba, Jewish music, Klezmer
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Accompanist, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

(Here we go again)
1,000 years
1950's waltz
A Foggy Day
A time for love (jazz)
Africaan beat
Afrikaan Beat
Air on the G string (Bach)
All of me
All the things you are
All the things you are (Stevie     Wonder)
Almost like being in love
Andrea Boccelli ballet tribute
Anniversary waltz
Autumn leaves
Ba mier bist du schen (Jewish)
Baby mine (dumbo)
Bach Minuet
Beautiful love (jazz)
Begin the beguine
Beseme Mucho
Bewitched bothered and bewildered
Bewitched, bothered & bewildered
Beyond the sea (Sinatra)
Big yellow taxi (Joni Mitchell)
Billy Joel like a woman
Billy Joel tunes
Birth of the blues
Blackbird
Blackbird (Beatles)
Blowin in the wind
Blue bayou
Bluesette
Boardwalk (from beaches)
Body & soul
Bossa ballad (done with Steve Uliano)
Both sides now
Bridge over troubled waters
Brown eyed girl
By the time I get to Phoenix
Cabaret
Canadian sunset
Canon (Pachalbel)
Can't help lovin dat man
Caravan
Cast your fate to the wind
Cbcg. Gfgd. Cbcg. Gfggggbflat
Chattanooga chu-chu
Christmas song
Classical selections
Come Saturday morning
Comin home baby (jazz)
Could be this time (Judy Garland)
Country ballads (slow)
Cucavado (Jobim)
Dancing cheek to cheek
Dancing in the dark
Daniel
Day is done (Peter, Paul & Mary)
Days of wine & roses
Ding dong merrily on high
Donka schen
Eddie Ducin waltz (I'll take romance)
Embraceable you
Falling in love with love
Fascination (waltz)
Feelings
Fields of gold
Fly me to the moon
Fools Rush in -(Elvis Presley)
Footprints in the sand
For every season turn turn turn
For once in my life
Funky town
Games people play
Georgia on my mind
Girl from Ipanima
Girl talk (Bobby Trupe)
Gloria (disco-rock)
Graduation Day
Green dolphin street
Green leaves of summer
Greensleeves
Hallelujah (Cohn)
Hallelujah (Jewish)
Have you ever seen the rain
Heat wave
Hello dolly
Here comes that rainy day
Here comes the sun
Hey little girl 3/4 jazz waltz
Honeycomb
How about you
Hustle 70's
I can see clearly now
I concentrate on you
I did it my way
I dig rock N roll music (Peter, Paul, & Mary)
I get a kick out of you
I got rhythm
I got you babe (Sonny & Cher)
I have a feeling
I have a feeling (with Indian sitar)
I hope you dance
I love Paris
I only have eyes for you
I want to wish you a merry Christmas
I will survive (disco rock)
I won't dance
If not for you
I'll be there. (Motown 60's beat)
I'll take manhattan
I'm a fool to want you
In a sentemental mood
In the mood
In the still of the night
Ipanima
Irish folk song
Isn't it romantic
Isn't it romantic?
Italian arias
It's a wonderful world (Louis Armstrong)
It's just one of those things
I've got that lovin feeling
Jesu joy of man's desiring (Johann Sebastian Bach)
Jewish wedding song (ahnee)
John Denver tunes
Joy to the world (bullfrog rock)
Just for the two of us (carpenters)
Just in time
Killing me softly
Lady in red - Chris deborg
Lady is a tramp
Last dance
Latin in D minor
Latin jazz in A minor
Latin tune D minor
Latin tunes C major
Laura
Leaving on a jet plane
Let's face the music and dance
Let's fall in love
Let's take an old fashioned walk
L-O-V-E (upbeat)
Love for sale
Love is blue
Love is here to stay
Love is in the air
Love just for the two of us (carpenters)
Lullaby of birdland
Lynus and Lucy theme
Mack the knife
Maid with the flaxen hair (Claude Debussy)
Makin whoopie
Margaritaville
Mean what you say (jazz song)
Merry Widow waltz
Midnight Cowboy
Miserlu
Miserlu C minor
Misty
Mom's lullaby
Moon dance
Moon river
Moondance
Moonlight in Vermont
More
More than you know (from Baker Boys)
More today than yesterday
Mr. Bogangles
Mr. Piano man
Mr. Sandman
Mr. Tambourine man
Music of the night
My day will come (upbeat bossa nova).
My fair lady - (music from)
My favorite things (sound of music)
My funny valentine
My girl - (The Temptations)
My Guy - The Supremes
My one and only love
Neil Diamond songs
New York New York
Night and day
Night and day (cole porter)
Nights in tunisia
Ole man river
On a clear day
On the Boardwalk (from beaches)
On the street where you live
One fine day (rock)
One-note samba
Only you
Other Jewish tunes
Over the rainbow
Paper moon
Peaceful easy feeling (Eagles)
Pennies from heaven
Perfect
Phantom of the opera - other songs
Prelude to a kiss
Proud Mary
Quando quando quando quando (Samba)
Red roses for a blue lady
Russian lullaby
Sanfrancisco
Satin doll
Scarborough fair
See you in the morning (Newton-john)
Seekers' songs (folk)
Send in the clowns
Sentimental journey
Shall we dance
Sherade
Sleep away (bob Acri) slow jazz waltz
Slightly out of tune
Slow boat to china
Smile
Smoke gets in your eyes
Sombas
Someone to watch over me
Somewhere in time
Somewhere over the rainbow
Sophisticated lady
Sound of music
Stand by me
Star Trek (the light)
Stardust
Stella by starlight
Stormy weather
Stranger among us (theme from)
Strangers in the night
String of pearls
Stuck in the middle with you
Sugar Sugar
Summer me winter me (Steve Ulliano)
Summer of '42
Summertime
Sunny
Sunny side of the street
Sunrise-sunset
Supremes numbers
Suspicious Minds
Swonderful
Take five
Taking a chance on love
Tango (from scent of a woman)
Tenderly
Tequila (Latin C chord to G chord with B flat) Samba beat
That old Black magic
The glory of love (give a little)
The last time ever I saw your face (Roberta Flack)
The look of love
The man I love
The moment when my heart stood still
The Rose
The shadow of your smile
The way you do the things you do - (The Temptations)
Theme from American gigalo
Theme from Arthur
Theme from Brian's song
Theme from Dr. Zhivago
Theme from exodus
Theme from inner light (star trek episode)
Theme from mr. Lucky
Theme from Somewhere in time
Theme from St. Elmo's Fire
Theme from stranger among us
Theme from the muppets
Theme from Tommy
There is a rosé in Spanish Harlem
There will never be another you
They can't take that away from me
They say that falling in love is wonderful
This could be the start of something big!
Time after time
Time to remember (waltz)
Times are a changin
Top of the world (carpenters)
Traces
Try to remember
Unchained melody
Unforgettable
Victor/Victoria theme
Wake up sleepy dreamer (the monkees)
Walk with me in the gentle rain
Walking in Memphis
Watch what happens (bassa nova)
We’ve only just begun (carpenters)
West side story songs
What a difference a day makes (rhumba)
What are you doing the rest of your life?
What is this thing called love
What's new
When I fall in Love
When I grow too old to dream (waltz)
When sonny gets blue
When you're smiling
Where have all the summers gone - long time passing
Where is the love
Wichita lineman
Will you still love me tomorrow?
Wind Beneath My Wings
Windmills of my mind
Yesterday
You are the sunshine of my life (bossa)
You are too beautiful
You can't take that away from me (Gershwin)
You light up my life
You make me feel so young
You raise me up
Your song (Elton John)
Waltz for Debbie - (Bill Evans Trio)
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients love my talent and my elegant style of piano playing.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

some of my performance highlights include: -Played for the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island, Michigan. -Various clubs in New York City including the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village. -Numerous private parties -Weddings -Fundraisers -Corporate events

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Johnny Hancock.

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

Fundraiser for United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.”

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

No DJ service.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as my PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!”

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?

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Are you able to bring your own piano or keyboard?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

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)£100
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£600
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£500

Add-ons

Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£100

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Jeanete B, 2 years ago

Sanford was talented and very agreeable.

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Sandra V, 2 years ago

Mr Blaze Come early to set up the piano good quality Sistem ,we was friendly our family enjoy the music, he play any song request! He is the Best I would recommend Mr Blaze .... Sandra Virgen house warming!!!

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