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Paul Seiz, Steve Savage, and Jarret Izzo host this regular podcast about roaming the earth as professional piano players and the various wild-life they encounter. They regularly play piano clubs around the the US and around the world, and it’s at these clubs they meet some of the most exotic entertainers the world has to offer.
 
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Frankie Turner is a much loved dueling pianist from Michigan recently living in NYC where he is loved by other players for his quick wit and superb ability at forging connections with audience members. Tune in! **Special Announcement** Mark Weiser drops by the podcast to talk about all things related to PIANO SUMMIT 2017 happening in NYC March 13-1…
 
Davina Yannetty hails from East Boston, not far from where she began working as a dueling pianist at Howl at the Moon in Boston when it opened in 2010. Davina is a wonderful singer and boasts a deep repertoire of classic rock and 90s hits. In recent years, Davina has been traveling and performing dueling piano gigs around the world.…
 
Nate Hopkins and Steve Savage are two skinny pasty dudes who live in Astoria. They also both have exquisite gingery beards. For serious, it was great to have Nate on the podcast to discuss his career in dueling pianos, his position at Howl at the Moon in NYC, and his musical theater pursuits. Tune in! Feel free to email the podcast: PianoBarbarians…
 
Cheerio! Today's episode features an Englishman living in New York, James Barr! Steve and James sit down for a chat about solo piano lounges on cruise ships and the process of transitioning into dueling pianos. James also talks about a particular sales technique that he employs with audiences on gigs. Tune in!…
 
The Barbarians are back with a brand new episode featuring a conversation between Steve Savage and Drew De Four... Drew has the distinction of being possibly the youngest player to be doing the gig for 10+ years. Anyone fortunate enough to share the stage with Drew has a unique understanding of his superb ability when it comes to dueling pianos. Tu…
 
Today's guest is the well-traveled Orin Sands. Steve and Orin sat down for a chat before their Saturday evening gig in Lincoln, NE, and got to talking about Orin's history with dueling pianos as well as his tenure in Holland at Crazy Pianos. Wondering what it may be like to be a piano barbarian overseas? Don't miss this episode!…
 
Deep in the mysterious, northwest-Arkansas landscape, Paul met with Stephen Winter and Piano Barbarian alumnus Brian Lee. This podcast takes the record for most tangents in an English accent. The merits of live music and music-capitalism will be debated and discussed with fervor because Paul read an interesting article and is caffeinated.…
 
These are some heavyweight Colorado players, people. Paul finally got a chance to nab Ashley and Piano Barbarians alumnus Eric Blumenfeld for a chat that is sure to transform modern entertainment. Have you ever considered a LIVE POWER-HOUR? No? Pick up the pieces of your blown mind and listen to this.…
 
Steve sits down with veteran traveling piano man Jeff Spence who is currently performing nightly on the NCL Epic. Steve and Jeff do a bit of shop talk about balancing music with comedy, but focus mainly on some of Jeff's great stories from his years of performing. Tune in to hear all about Jeff, from his first piano bar gig playing japanese singalo…
 
Luke is one cool dude. We invited the UK-based artist on the show to talk about his project "Play Me, I'm Yours," which installs pianos on street corners in a city, allowing anyone to play at any time. But then learned: he also designs hospital atriums. He creates glass sculptures with lightning. He sends hot air balloons up over cities to play mus…
 
Joe Genuadi has worked at Howl at the Moon for nearly 20 years! Steve and Joe recently sat down in Orlando to discuss Joe's history with the gig. This is the first of a two-part series. Be sure to check back in a few days for Part 2 featuring a discussion of Joe's work as a voice coach and keeping vocal chords healthy while maintaining a full sched…
 
Congratulations to the entire Piano Barbarian family as we crest into our 50th episode! Paul randomly bumped into Frank McGlynn and Dave Puszykowski in Denver last week, and they were gracious enough to be guests on the podcast 24 hours later. This episode features a deep-dive into straight-to-video Disney animation, which is a requirement for any …
 
After a year of running Piano Barbarians from different corners of the earth, Paul and Steve had a chance to work together in Denver for New Year's Eve. They tell their survival stories of the night, and wax on the future of the music and entertainment industry. All this from the comfort of their pajamas.…
 
It's been a while since the hosts have gotten together for a chat. Steve has been busy recovering from pneumonia, Paul has been busy interviewing guests and keeping the podcast alive. Jarret has been busy surveying real estate in Boston. That being said, we're back with another episode discussing a variety of topics... "new country" music, facebook…
 
Battered and bruises from some weird Halloween shows, Paul sits down with Lee Huff and Hannah Kendle to argue the merits of playing the solo of Great Balls of Fire with your breasts. Lee and Paul advocate this, Hannnah actually does it. Also, a dissection of the California piano bar scene and ponderings of how many ass-exposing-Disney-princess cost…
 
Paul has the incredibly talented Brian Lee on the show, he of playing-organ-for-Leon Russell fame. Brian is our first ever blind guest, and he nails his appearance on all fronts. Caught up in the excitement, Paul toots and asks Brian for analysis...for science! Also, the merits of nerding out on Rush are discussed, as well as a brief dive into retr…
 
Sarah Angela will be taking the 2012 award for coolest girl that has ever recruited Paul to play in her band. We brought on her on the show to not only showcase her music, but to talk about working as a musician and the importance of artistic vision. She also weighs in on piano bars, and how those skills can help you outside of a dueling-setting. D…
 
Matt Mello will always hold a special place in the hearts of Jarret & Steve. They were both trained by Matt at Jake Ivory's in Boston several years ago. Jarret and Matt sit down to chat about Matt's long career at Jakes, training new players, and the Jake Ivory's "format" that worked so well for so long. Tune in!…
 
Rich Cooper is a veteran of dueling pianos and one hell of a musician. Steve caught up with Rich while they were both performing on the Norwegian Epic back in August. Tune in to hear their conversation about traditional dueling pianos vs. bandalong dueling pianos, playing solo vs. dueling, and what it's like playing for such an eclectic mix of audi…
 
Not many musical theatre composers developed their chops while dueling in a basement-level Times Square Irish bar. Brad Alexander has, and in this episode he and Jarret discuss the challenges of performing dueling pianos in Manhattan while they try to solve the age-old entertainer's question: what makes New Yorkers tick? The show "See Rock City & O…
 
Today's episode features Adam Brooks, an improv comedy pianist and songwriter whose new show Paragon Park: The Musical opens this Friday. Jarret chats with Adam about the "groove" of an orchestra being channeled through the conductor, and the groove of an improv or dueling piano audience being channeled through, well, the performers. Lastly, everyo…
 
Dave Roberts is the CEO of Chicago Dueling Pianos, co-writer of "The Curly Shuffle", and an undisputed veteran of the dueling piano concept. Steve and Dave sit down for a chat at Dave's home in Chicago to discuss the origins of dueling pianos, the future of the concept, and a wide variety of other topics. Tune in!…
 
Today's episode features Greg Asadoorian, road warrior and consummate pro working the dueling and solo piano bar circuits around the globe. Steve and Greg sit down to chat about what it's like maintaining such an intense schedule and constantly bouncing from one format to another. From St. Maarten to Aruba, Amsterdam to Boston, and New Haven to Lin…
 
First of all, look past all the references to prison showers and blow-up dolls. Once you do that, you'll find a a great interview with Jeff A and Jeff D of ComedySportz Quad-Cities, located in Rock Island, IL. Paul worked at this club back in the 1900's, and the Jeffs were kind of enough to sit down and discuss the tenants of improv...and prison sh…
 
Piano gigs abroad can be hard to come by, unless you know the right people. Pat George, CEO of The Entertainment Agency, is one of them, and he's booked pianists in rooms around the world for decades. Jarret talks with him about performing solo versus dueling pianos, how disco killed rock shows, and what bar owners look for in an entertainer. Plus,…
 
Jason & Adam work nearly every night in the touring production of Wicked, the smash-hit musical about the land of Oz before Dorothy crashed her house in it. Jason is the conductor and Adam is one of several keyboard players, ocassionally conducting himsel. Basically, they have bad-ass musical theatre jobs, and Paul managed to talk them about their …
 
Steve Dorian of Rockapella fame sits down to discuss his unique career in the music business. The multi-talented tenor reminisces about his time as a rollerblading singing guitarist for Busch Gardens as well as his current work with the world famous Rockapella. We also find out Keith Lockhart, conductor for the Boston Pops Orchestra, is a great guy…
 
Being around smart people makes you more smartier! Mike Cappo is a brilliant Colorado musician, and he and Paul hashed out the value of pro-marimba gigs, big rooms, and what makes you a success. Is bar-singing an artform or a sciene? Stay tuned at the end of the episode for an original track by Mike called "Watch the Walls." Paul already feels much…
 
To celebrate the 25th episode of Piano Barbarians, your intrepid hosts Steve, Jarret, & Paul discuss poisonous crowds and tipping in cashless societies. Also, we compare the sack of our podcast to the sack of Facebook forums and draw conclusions that will shock you. Are you in the 90, the 9, or the 1? Tune in!…
 
Feast your eyes and your ears upon one of the most solid entertainers you'll find behind a piano, Jennifer Lane. Paul and Jennifer had a not-so-serious talk about chauvenist crowds, certain compressed air-bursts and the "mac-daddy gig" of dueling pianos. This show also features "Bone Happy", a cut from Jennifer's album In A Magazine, available on i…
 
Greg Sampson is a world traveled veteran of the cruise ship piano bar scene. He sits down in Barbados to chat with Steve about his background in radio, his transition from playing in cover bands to dueling pianos at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, and his eventual tenure on the high seas with various cruise ship companies. Enjoy!…
 
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