The term piano player covers a wide variety of possible styles and abilities. The seasoned pianist has put in his time in the hotels and supper clubs in Manhattan as well as traveling around the United States and Europe.
The first few years of my marriage my wife and I passed notes to each other. I was performing as an actor – pianist on NBC television soap operas during the day and playing and singing in the hotels and supper clubs in Manhattan nightly. On my Monday night off I hosted three radio shows in Manhattan . My wife taught school . I would get home around 3 AM and she would leave for work at 7 AM. She eventually left teaching to travel with me. We spent about 10 years traveling in Europe with our children.On coming back to New York I was working on stage with Adrienne Barbeau as actor, singer, dancer and pianist for an Off Broadway Musical show written by Jacques Urbont -composer of the music for the television show Mission Impossible . When he left for California I took over as musical director of the show teaching the new actors the songs as well as performing eight shows a week. I played the entire score for the show on stage while acting one of the four lead roles.
Traveling with Irving Caesar (George Gershwin’s lyricist) Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, Little Anthony And The Imperials, The Ink Spots as well as performing for Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, The Du Pont Wedding, The wedding of the Royal Family of Sri Lanka , weddings for the editors of Redbook, Cosmopolitan and Bridal Guide Magazines, the Tonight Show Band and many other artists taught me the understanding and flexibility of what is necessary to be able to appeal and relate to a wide variety of audiences.
My current piano CD “Music To Drive By”
www.music-you-will-love.com is a culmination of many years performing as a classical pianist, jazz pianist and supper club pianist. It is considered a jazz influenced piano CD featuring my arrangements of music from The Great American Songbook.
I am currently back to traveling promoting the CD by way of radio interviews , CD presentation and live performances – in addition to playing weddings and corporate events as President CEO of STAN WIEST MUSIC www.stanwiest.com .
Sound clips from the CD can be heard at
along with the album notes of how I obtained Eddy Duchin’s personal Steinway Grand Piano and several anecdotes.
I hope you enjoy listening the the CD as much as I enjoyed recording it.
STAN WIEST NEW PIANO CD
“MUSIC TO DRIVE BY”
STAN WIEST TOTALLY NEW WEBSITE
STAN WIEST HAS PERFORMED FOR BARBARA WALTERS, SALLY JESSY RAPHAEL, TONY RANDALL, FRANK SINATRA, SAMMY DAVIS JR, WEDDING FOR ROYAL FAMILY OF SRI LANKA, THE DU PONT WEDDING, WEDDING FOR FAMILY MEMBER OF CONDUCTOR ARTURO TOSCANINI, THE TONIGHT SHOW BAND
REVIEWS FOR “MUSIC TO DRIVE
STAN WIEST PIANO CD
A Top Seller on AMAZON.COM
The CD is a standout for its beautiful
arrangements of beautiful music. For
anyone who likes American “standards”,
this is a great pick
AMAZON.COM 5 STARS REVUE
“Not only is he a terrific pianist, but his
choice of material is absolutely first rate-
some truly great songs, very well played”
“You’re clearly a talented guy”
JOE FAY – WNEW Metromedia Radio
“Completing the recordings in eight hours
was “a feat,” says Euphoria owner David
Sokol, who was impressed by Wiest’s
performance. “The man knows every tune,
he knows music history,” Sokol says. “He’s
a serious musician and ‘serious musician’
is the highest compliment I can pay . . . I’ve
heard the greatest musicians in the world,
and Stan is excellent.”
DAVID SOKOL - OWNER EUPHORIA STUDIOS
NEW YORK CITY
“PIANIST STAN WIEST ADDS
‘RECORDING ARTIST’ TO HIS LONG
LONG ISLAND NEWSDAY
Dick Robinson, host of WHLI/1100 AM’s
“American Standards by the Sea,” is also
impressed by Wiest’s piano stylings. “His
album is a nice reflection of the American
Songbook,” he says. “I love that a song like
‘Night and Day’ is just piano. No trio, no
big band, no singer. Stan does a wonderful
job.” DICK ROBINSON WHLI
“AMERICAN STANDARDS BY THE SEA”
“It is as beautiful of piano playing as one would ever want to hear. It’s absolutely delicious. It’s gorgeous. Wonderful renditions of these songs. Each and every one a classic song. And you do a beautiful job, a masterful job on them. I want to compliment you on absolutely marvelous piano playing. A great great keepsake album. It simply could not have been better. It really is a group of brilliantly played selections. It’s as good as it gets. And you have every right to be proud of it.”
PROGRAM DIRECTOR WHLI
THE TIMES UNION
Piano virtuoso Stan Wiest offers “Music You Will Love –Volume One: Music To Drive By” – draws from the Great American Songbook and beyond; Wiest’s wonderful technique and flair for interpretation are front-and-center. A generous 17 tracks of solo piano and it lives up to its title.”
“Stan Wiest has the perfect touch for the American Songbook. You can recognize the melody because he cares about the composers. A delightful CD, one you’ll listen to many times.”
“Move over Clayderman…there’s a new kid at the 88′s who not only tickles the ivories, but gives us 17 tracks of pure AMERICAN SONGBOOK pleasure. That “new kid” is Stan Wiest, a piano wizard. Stan’s “MUSIC TO DRIVE BY” is “pure piano”. My radio show audience love’s Stan!
I can’t wait for Volume 2″
Bill Miller. Host of the syndicated Bill Miller Show, and Charter member of the Kansas Broadcaster’s “Hall Of Fame”