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About Lee

Experienced cocktail / jazz pianist with a unique style ideal to provide atmospheric background music to any event.
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Paignton

I began to take the piano seriously at around 12 years of age. My parents were both pianists, and my father played professionally. I spent the early years studying classical which I believe is essential for a good technique. I soon realised though, my real passion was for arranging and improvisation, and, I discovered that in my opinion, the best pianists were distinctive, and could be easily recognised by just listening to a few bars of their music. Whenever I'm booked to play; whether it be to accompany a vocalist, background restaurant or play for a wedding, I enjoy giving my own interpretation and arrangements of the songs everybody knows. I have been fortunate to earn a living as a pianist since leaving school, and even attained a rolling contract with a large hotel chain which gave me a residency lasting 20 years! During Covid 19, when most of the work dried up, I utilised the time to record, improve my technique further, and teach advanced improvisation online. As well as piano performance, I also developed my own all-round act involving singing, comedy, and playing the ukulele-banjo, which I spent many years performing to audiences of all ages. This gave me useful insight into what works best, and giving me the ability to quickly adapt to the audience/situation that I'm playing for.

Musicianship
Genres:
Easy listening, Christmas, Classical, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Electronic, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Modern jazz, Swing, Ragtime, Light music, Pop, Vintage, Tribute, Rock, Classic rock, World music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Birthday party
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Other skills:
Arranger, Musical comedy, Accompanist, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

I have an extensive repertoire featuring compositions from different styles. I am able to include any favourite songs requested by a client. Compositions will be arrranged in an advanced unique style.
Classical
Canon in D,
Liszt Liebestraume,
Debussy Clare da Lune,
Chopin Nocturnes,
Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba,
Mendelssohn Wedding March,
Bach Air on G String
Strauss Blue Danube
Beethoven Moonlight Sonata
and many more.
Pop / Ballads
Everything I do
Lady in Red
Yesterday
Lady Madonna
Pretty Woman
Wonderful tonight
My Way
and many more
Jazz and swing
Satin doll
Misty
Smore gets in your eyes
Moonlight serenade
Summertime
Fly me to the moon
New York, New York
and many more

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)£30
Up to 1 hour£70
Up to 2 hours£130
Up to 3 hours£160

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Jeremy J, 5 months ago

Thank you for a great night at the Esplanade Hotel, Paignton. I enjoyed the entertainment provided by Lee Shetliffe. Lee is a great pianist who always creates a wonderful atmosphere and I look forward to book in with you soon.

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Jamie G, 3 years ago

Lee played at our wedding and I have to say, it was some of the most beautiful piano music we have ever heard. Our wedding guests were mesmerised during the wedding breakfast. Lee listened to our requests, played what we wanted and not a note was out of tune. Lee’s addition to our wedding was simply unsurpassed and we couldn’t recommend him highly enough. Thank you Lee for making our wedding breakfast so unbelievably special. We can’t thank you I enough. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.