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MP3 Michael Moore-Kelly - Piano Without Makeup

A sensuous and melodic medley of timeless classic songs from the American songbook. The masterfully performed piano arrangements are passionate, creative, elegant and evocative. A valuable and welcome addition to anyone’s collection of good music.

14 MP3 Songs in this album (50:32) !
Related styles: Easy Listening: American Popular Song, Jazz: Smooth Jazz, Solo Instrumental

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About me....(Assuming you really wanted to know)

It all began one day when I was eight years old...

An old upright piano had been delivered to the house so that my oldest brother could take lessons. Fascinated by this new object, I went over to investigate and pressed down on one of the keys, then another. The sound reminded me of something and I started pressing other keys. Eventually, through trial and error I managed to peck out the notes of a song I had heard on TV......and it''s been a labor of absolute love, passion and devotion ever since.

Impressed by my obvious fascination, my parents started me on piano lessons, and by the time I was fourteen, the "performing bug" had bitten me. It was the middle 60''s when Coffee Houses were popular and my Dad used to take me with him. They had a piano at the one we went to and I used to play some Beethoven pieces for the customers. I actually got applause and discovered to my great delight that girls were beginning to take notice.

When I was sixteen, I began playing in a local band on weekends. We performed in a local restaurant and this continued through High School. After High School, I tried doing construction work during the day and playing music at night. This went on for about a year and then I decided to move to Nashville to get my "big break". Well, like many before me, it didn´t happen, and back I went to Maryland, but I continued to perform in bands for several years.

In 1977, shortly after marrying, I decided to start performing as a solo entertainer. (More job security and much less hassle!) During the next eleven years I was fortunate enough to perform in many of the excellent hotels and restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area. At this same time I also was involved in additional private music studies with two notable teachers.

The first of which was Dr. Asher G. Zlotnik. A graduate of both Yale University and Indiana University whose academic teaching positions included the Hartford School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Boston University. I studied music theory, composition and arranging with Dr. Zlotnik who gave me a wonderful gift for which I will always be grateful. He taught me how music actually works. His teaching enabled me take music wherever I wanted to take it. At the time that I was studying with Dr. Zlotnik I lived in the Washington, D.C. area and he lived north of Baltimore, MD. The nearly eighty mile round trip drive, on a weekly basis, for more than two years, was worth every mile and every penny spent on gas!

My second notable teacher was John Eaton, who has been called "Washington''s finest pianist" by none other than George Shearing. I studied with John Eaton for about two years before moving to Florida and he and I remain good friends to this day. John taught me how to "caress" a piano and how to get the most out of my hands with the least amount of effort. He also taught me how to use my wrists in order to avoid injury, in short, John Eaton gave me my technique.

I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to both Dr. Zlotnik and John Eaton for the wonderful gifts that they have shared with me. I will be forever grateful to both of these fine gentlemen and excellent teachers.

In October of 1988, my wife and I packed up our possessions and headed south for Florida, where we continue to live. Since moving to S.W. Florida, it has been my privilege and good fortune to perform at many of the area´s finest restaurants, country clubs and hotels. One note of interest: I have been fortunate enough to be performing on a weekly basis at the same country club (Fiddlesticks CC) for sixteen years continuously. On Sundays I perform for a brunch at a different country club (Herons Glen CC) and have been “playing the brunch” for the past eleven years. Florida surely has been extremely kind to me!

Additionally during the year, I also perform about 50 one hour shows at several local assisted living facilities. And, In addition to the above, I´ve also performed at numerous private parties, wedding receptions, luncheons and the Grand Openings of several area businesses.

Well, if you’ve gotten this far in my bio, let me take a moment to thank you for allowing me to ramble on like this and for “hanging in there”. Your patience is obviously boundless!

Thank you again,
Make the most of every moment,
We unfortunately don’t get the chance to repeat them,

Michael Moore-Kelly

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