Make a Living as a Piano Man

How To Make a Living as a Piano Man!

Make a Living as a Piano Man? : )

That’s impossible! That’s what I always was led to believe growing up!

Man, am I glad I was wrong – or they were wrong!

First off, I just have always loved to play music and to play music for others. There is something about the joy it brings that is transcendent!

I didn’t want to do anything else for a living not matter how socially or economically unacceptable it was going to be.

So how is it all working out 45 years later?

Well, somewhere in the late 70s I met a pianist name Alan Kelbanoff who was playing at Lilly’s in Boston.

He wasn’t rich like Elton John! But, he would go out and play at make 75 bucks for 3 or 4 hours! And, one crazy thing…he made tips! And, by the time he made $75-100 or more in tips for the night! He would come home with 150-200 a night.

And back in the late 70s that was crazy. And to my mind 50-60/hour sounded fantastic.

My first “legit” gig with a band we were making 200 a week playing 6 nights a week for 5-6 hours a night. And that was ok money in those days, especially for a band. ( and it was fun as the dickens)

And just the fact that tons of musicians will play for next to no money is just a testament to how epic it is to play music.

But, make 150 a night?? What?! Wow, if you could do that 7 nights a week you could make 1050 a week and voila you/I now had a 50K a year job getting paid to do what I have always loved.

So my basic concept was just find gigs every night and go for it.

So, How to Make a Living as a Piano Man?

But then one day I booked two gigs in a day and then three and then one wild day I booked 5 gigs in a day and just start doing the math. If a gig is 100 and you do 5 a day and then you do that 7 days a week well…Well, you can practically afford to buy a car.

The wildest thing about music is that really just playing music is pay enough. It’s really fun.

On top of that if you can make a little $, wow, life can be pretty fun.

Play a ton of gigs and book 5 every day or 6 even…so that’s why I’m always promoting how many gigs I do.

Last week I played for 2 Choir Rehearsals, A church service on Sunday. I also played for two groups of veterans on Monday. I played for fourdifferent very excellent Restaurants from Santa Clarita to Pomona.

Additionally, I created a piano track for a singer who wanted something that sounded like Elton John, whom I love which was fun and pretty easy for me.

I also played for some seniors that I sing for for an hour every Saturday morning ( I have been playing for them for about 4 years now-every Saturday. It’s near where I live )

And I performed for the community where my mother in law stays. This one is a blast too there’s a very excellent sax player who lives there who often will go grab his sax and jam out with me.

All of these gigs are super fun and always a treat.

One thing I’ll say for my “job” it doesn’t get boring.

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And Finally How to Make a Living as a Piano Man : Booking!!

Booking …it’s easy, Even if all you want to do is just inquire. Reach out!

Or, Book me here. or even text me 818-269-0988! : )

Additionally, you can check out the reviews on Yelp!

Get the Schedule?

Get the details on gigs at

And I’m forever looking for new venues, new people to entertain. New songs that people might love!

Additionally, as long as I’m not playing a private event you can hang out and hear me live at Red Restaurant at the Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry most Fridays, or The Parkway Grill – in Pasadena on Thursdays Sundays at Larsen’s Steakhouse in Valencia. But, always check the schedule. And text me if you want to be sure. I often book private events and can’t always update my schedule.

Here’s a song list too

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