Lounge 88 Presents Unique Piano Performances

Lounge 88, located in the Level 3 Ballroom, highlights the piano segment with a lounge area idea for networking, socializing and listening to live music performances.

Stop by to see these unique performances throughout the 2013 NAMM Show:

Thursday, January 24
Noon–12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.–6 p.m.

Pianists Llew Matthews & Corey Allen with Bassist John B. Williams—Acoustic/Digital Trio
Presented by Young Chang Pianos and Kurzweil Digital Pianos

Young Chang pianos and Kurzweil digital pianos proudly present Llew Matthews and Corey Allen—a pair of dynamic pianists who have worked with such greats as Frank Sinatra, Kenny Burrell, Nancy Wilson, Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, Dianne Reeves, Doc Severinsen, Chuck Mangione and Manhattan Transfer—just to name a few. The instrumentation of this exciting trio will feature acoustic piano, digital piano and acoustic bass—a performance to remember!

Friday, January 25
Noon–12:30 p.m.

Ron Tanski
Presented by Pianodisc

Pianist and Singer Ron Tanski’s been described as Louis Armstrong and Tom Waits’ lovechild. Combine that with intensity sheer volume on the piano normally seen in guitarist, Ron’s playing is a brand new old fashioned style all his own with a spectrum from Boogie to Deep Blues, Gospel to Swing. Ron, a Mason & Hamlin Artist was raised in the blue collar neighborhoods of rural Ohio, Colorado and Missouri, listening to Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino and Elvis and any Blues and Boogie he could find. Today, a fast rising new voice on the Blues scene, Ron is one of LA’s most popular Blues artists. With lightning fast piano riffs, soulful tunes and gravel and gin soaked voice, Ron’s debut CD “Dragged You Down” spent over a month on the Blues Music International Radio Top 40 peaking at #3 and was in the International Top 100 Most Radio Played Blues CD’s of 2011. Ron spent three years at Hollywood’s glamorous hot spot, Café Was nightly entertaining Tinseltown’s celebrities. As winner of the 2011 Regional Blues Soloist Award for the International Blues Challenge and went on to compete in Memphis. Ron won the 2011 Regional Blues Soloist Award for the International Blues Challenge (IBC) and represented Southern California at the international competition in Memphis Tennessee in February 2012. Nominated as one of the World’s Best Blues Pianists in the 2011 Chef Jimi Awards Ron was also nominated for the 2011 Los Angeles Music Awards Best Blues Artist. The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers just honored Ron with an ASCAP Plus Award. www.Rontanskimusic.com

Friday, January 25
5:30 p.m.– 6 p.m.

Jarrod Radnich
Presented by Pianodisc—Mason & Hamlin

Often compared with Franz Liszt, Mason & Hamlin Artist Jarrod Radnich has captured the top position on YouTube for piano performance, placed in the top 15 U.S. classical artists by ReverbNation, been featured with PianoDisc on NBC’s Today Show and, with over 50 million viewers worldwide, has been heralded as “the force that is making the classical piano cool again.” Compositions from his Virtuosic Piano Solo Series sheet music line are performed around the globe, have been recorded exclusively by Radnich for PianoDisc systems, and are on his latest CDs. Labeled a child prodigy, at age 11 Radnich began professionally instructing piano and thereafter received full scholarships to Berklee School of Music at 15 and the University of Redlands at 17. Following a lengthy and intense battle with a life-threatening illness, during which he prolifically composed and drew deeply on the music’s healing power, Radnich formed the Joshua Tree Philharmonic—an intergenerational community orchestra. In late 2013 Radnich plans to launch the Winged Soul world tour, highlighting his newest major work, ARMAITA: La Vendetta Dell’Angelo—Piano Concerto No. 2 in an orchestral setting where the piano is punctuated by high-powered electric bass, guitar, and drums.

Saturday, January 26
Noon–12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.–6 p.m.

Jose Negroni and His Trio
Presented by Sauter USA

Hailing from Puerto Rico, accomplished pianist and composer Jose Negroni has garnered recognition in the world of Jazz. A disciple of the legendary multi-instrumentalist salsa and Latin Jazz great, Papo Lucca, Negroni’s career spans over 16 years as a teacher in his island’s Music Conservatory. His talent then took him to the States where he worked as Director for Sony Music Publishing for ten years.Negroni’s true passion never left him throughout and in 2002 he created Negroni’s Trio, a truly amazing combination where jazz, classic lyricism and Afro Latin punches merge. Negroni’s Trio consists of his son Nomar Negroni, a gifted and powerful drummer, and alternating guest bass players including John Benítez, Marco Panascia, Michael Bordelon and Jonathan Estes, amongst others. A product of the famed Berklee College of Music, Nomar’s career also includes session work for various great jazz and pop artists and recently was nominated as 2008 Best Drummer of the Year by The Latin Jazz Corner. Throughout his journey, Negroni performed with the likes of Apollo Sound and was the featured pianist with La Sonora Ponceña when his mentor, the famed Papo Lucca, was unavailable to perform. Simultaneously, Negroni established a successful career as one of the most solicited director, producer and pop music arrangers all while on tour as pianist and director with numerous multinational artists.

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