Bill Roberts – Piano
About Bill Roberts – Piano
Solo piano playing is Bill’s stock in trade – he can create a relaxed lounge vibe with instrumental classics – or get fingers snapping and toes tapping with a more lively ‘piano bar’ show.
Bill has also played for many wedding ceremonies, from a traditional wedding march to something more unusual at the client’s request.
Bill’s lounge-style piano playing creates the backdrop to a perfect evening of food, drink and conversation. This can be purely instrumental or interspersed with a crooner’s classic or perhaps a gentle foot-tapping swing number. Bill has held residencies at some prestigious venues such as The Midland Hotel in Morecambe and Storrs Hall in The Lake District, providing the quintessential ‘cocktail bar’ vibe.
The piano bar show is lively and interactive, taking requests from the audience and getting the party going. This can include guest musicians and singers. Bill would typically sing and play an eclectic mix of anything from Beatles to Boogie Woogie. The audience can join in and get involved, or just sit back and enjoy the music as Bill entertains at the piano. This format is also perfect for house parties.
Bill’s playing lends a cool sophistication or lively piano bar buzz to many venues and functions across the North West and beyond. Whether you want to be quietly charmed or thoroughly entertained, Bill will make it happen for you.
Bill Roberts – Piano Testimonials
“Just to let you know that I have paid [your fee] into your bank account: worth every penny. Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful atmosphere at my very happy birthday party. Truly delighted.”
Anna Lorbiecki Re: Birthday party at Midland Hotel, January 2013 – solo piano and vocals
“Just wanted to say a big thank you again for helping to make my birthday celebration so special ‐ it was exactly what I wanted and you two work so well together. Thank you so much for the songs you learned specifically and, of course, for 'New York, New York' ‐ who knew we could kick our legs so high in such long dresses!
I had a fabulous evening ‐ perhaps being 50 isn't so bad after all! “
Sarah N RE: Party at Rotunda Bar, January 2013 – duo with female singer
“I have heard Bill play at many gigs, some jazz, some boogie and others leaning towards a more popular style of music. Not only does he play, but he also sings ‐ his music can be strident and also gently melodic. Just recently I engaged him to perform for an audience of mature jazz lovers at a jazz appreciation group. The feedback I have had is that they appreciated his performance very much. I'm sure that he would be well received at any event.”
David Herrod U3A Jazz Appreciation Group, December 2012 – duo with tenor sax, instrumental set
Sample Set List
Jazz/dinner jazz – song samples
1. Fly Me To The Moon
2. It Had To Be You – Brought Harry Connick Jr to fame in ‘When Harry Met Sally’
4. Night And Day
5. As Time Goes By – The ‘play it again Sam’ song from Casablanca
6. Makin’ Whoopee Michelle Pfiefer’s version in ‘The Fabulous Baker Boys’
7. The Nearness Of You – Popularised by Norah Jones
8. Embraceable You
9. Autumn Leaves
10. Ain’t Misbehavin’
11. Georgia On My Mind
12. Have You Met Miss Jones?
13. All Of Me
14. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
15. To Make You Feel My Love – Dylan/Adele
16. Blue Moon
Pop / Swing / Piano Bar – song samples
1. Let It Be - Beatles
2. Hey Jude – Beatles
3. Piano Man – Billy Joel
4. Daydream Believer – The Monkees
5. Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis
6. Your Song – Elton John
7. Leaving On A Jetplane
8. Danny Boy
9. Perfect Day
10. Moon Dance
11. I’m In The Mood For Love (ska version)
12. Let The Good Times Roll – Louis Jordan/Ray Charles
13. Blueberry Hill (with vocals)
14. Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
15. King Of The Swingers – Louis Prima/The Jungle Book
16. The Lady Is a Tramp – Jazz swing classic
Bill is also happy to accommodate special song requests made in advance, where possible.
Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.
2 x 60 Minute Sets
Q: Can Bill play with a female singer?
A: Yes. Bill can be joined by female singers or instrumentalists however an extra fee will be added on.
Q: Does Bill bring his own equipment?
A: Unless there is an acoustic piano provided, Bill will provide his own equipment.
Q: Does Bill Sing?
A: Yes, Bill is a Piano/Vocals entertainer.
Q: Can Bill take requests?
A: Absolutely, Bill can play pretty much anything!
Q: What will Bill wear?
A: Bill will dress as you please (within reason)! If its a Black Tie Ball then Bill will dress in Black Tie, if its a corporate function Bill will be dressed to impress etc.
Q: Can Bill perform outside?
A: As long as the weather is not overcast or too windy Bill is able to perform outside.