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An evocative pianist with a lovely piano sound and considerable personal pizzazz.
—New York Times
Crossover jazz pianist John Bayless blends classical training and piano technique with popular and film music in dashing and imaginative improvisations. Bayless started playing the piano when he was four, receiving lessons from his mother, who taught him Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Gershwin. But movies were also a primary influence. He ingested the music of film scores and recreated the music of Mancini, Rota, Steiner, Rozsa, Herrmann, and Williams.
Exhibiting extraordinary determination, Bayless overcame a stroke that left him without the use of his right hand in 2008 and relearned how to play the piano with just his left hand. Tonight, Bayless shares songs and stories from his life in an extraordinary one-man show.
Producer’s Circle member Tom G.