Eugene Portman on piano (jazz pianist)

Horsham, West Sussex

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My Work as a Pianist

When I started playing the piano the bulk of my work was in Essex and Surrey. Gradually things changed and I started to get work further afield in the nearby counties of Wiltshire, Hampshire,  Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, and Buckinghamshire. I now cover the entire UK, but I still do more work in Essex than any of the other counties. I enjoy traveling around the country and I really don’t mind how far I have to drive to get to an event. Apart from seeing a lot of beautiful scenery, I get to view a lot of amazing venues which range from historic buildings such as castles and stately homes to modern hotels and golf clubs.

I’ve always loved playing the piano and as a young boy I always dreamed of becoming a professional pianist.  It is something that I’ve never tired of and I think that I enjoy it more with each year that passes.

Extra Services

Every event I do is different from the previous one and has different requirements. This doesn’t just apply to the music I play, but it also affects the equipment that I bring to a venue. Being a pianist isn’t enough – I have to provide a range of equipment and services. I have lots of extras such as a radio microphone which can be used for speeches, a quality gazebo for outside events, additional PA systems and a baby grand piano shell to name a few. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any special requirements.

The Music

I think that my two favourite types of music are jazz and classical music. I was classically trained and I have quite a large repertoire of music composed by the old masters such as Albeniz, Chopin, Grieg, Bach, and Satie. When I mention jazz it can sometimes frighten people off, but I don’t play modern jazz. I play the music that was recorded by artists like Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra. My piano style has developed through listening to the great jazz pianists like Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Teddy Wilson, and Erroll Garner. I try to make my music have a general appeal rather than being too highbrow. I also try to play a variety of music so that I can cover most people’s taste.

I’ve mentioned classical music and I’ve mentioned jazz, but that’s not all I play. I also cover many other genres and styles including blues, Latin, pop, rock, ragtime, and even singalong. My repertoire covers an array of music right from Bach and Schubert to Gershwin and Cole Porter and right up to Billy Joel and Oasis. To get an insight into the various styles of piano music I play – please check out my repertoire pages.


I play the piano for all types of events including weddings, private parties, and corporate events. Weddings provide the bulk of my work and I provide music for an incredible number of marriages throughout the year – especially in the Essex area. Versatility is the key when playing for weddings, Very often there are different requirements for the different parts of the day. For instance, a couple might wish to have classical music for the ceremony, followed by up-tempo jazz for the drinks reception and  a mixture of rock ballads and gentle background music for the wedding breakfast. This can be followed by a mixture of quite lively music for the evening reception.

Please don’t be afraid to contact me should you have any queries or wish to discuss anything.

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London Pianist. Available to play jazz/classical piano music for any wedding or event in London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Hampshire and Berkshire. I can be booked as a psolo ianist or as a jazz band.

Eugene Portman on piano (jazz pianist) is located in the Horsham area of West Sussex. There are at least 20 other listings in the RH12 postcode area.

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