My name is Nat Needle, and I am a veteran jazz pianist and vocalist living in Worcester, Massachusetts (New England’s 2nd-largest city!)
I have a special talent for entertaining, leading sing-alongs with added percussion instruments, & leading choruses, at retirement communities, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, veterans’ homes, & other residential facilities. My 25-song “singalong sampler” list for seniors is available to organizations upon request. I can also tailor a unique list to fit the favorite songs of your group! Coming soon – my Senior Sing-Along Demo Video!
ALSO, please invite me to be your:
- Ceremony or reception pianist for weddings & special events
- Custom song composer/performer for any occasion
- Accompanist/Choir Accompanist for church services (nearly any denomination)
- Background/cocktail piano for any event
- “Life of the party” piano, vocals, and humor for any event
- Accompanist for vocalists & instrumentalists
- Ensemble leader (2-6 musicians)
- Rehearsal pianist
- Sing-along leader to build group morale and community
- Sing-along leader for the holiday season
- Solo or ensemble concert artist
- Piano or vocal track recording musician
- Musical director for stage or cabaret
- Master of Ceremonies for any occasion
My core repertoire is based on the popular styles of 1895-1965: jazz standards, swing, soul, samba, blues, bop, Broadway, Beatles, R&B, even classic country tunes. I can, however, usually learn whatever material you have in mind, often but not always just by listening to the music. In some cases, sheet music may be needed for special requests.
I can be comic OR elegant to suit the occasion, be it a festive party or a formal wedding ceremony. I love to engage audiences, but I also enjoy providing the right accompaniment or background atmosphere. I have long experience both as a solo pianist/vocalist and as a small ensemble player. I can use whatever piano you have available, or bring my own full-sized keyboard. For a resumé of my performing experience, see below.
Fees: You will find my fees reasonable. I tailor them to meet your particular situation, needs, and budget. This is necessary because so many factors affect them, such as distance, equipment to be brought, prior preparation required, and so on. Please visit my Contact page & let’s talk!
Piano-Vocal Performance Resumé:
- Currently performing every Friday 5:30-7:30pm at Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, Worcester (“Thank Friday It’s Dr. Nat”).
- Recordings of original compositions: Vol.1 (Dharma Moon, 1993) and Vol. 2 (Bottom of the Ocean, 1995) of the American Buddhist Songbook; Worcester Potholes, 2012 (Visit Shop Page!)
- Check out my solo piano/vocal performance demo at my Video Sampler Page on this website!
- Leader of swing band Spreadin’ Rhythm Around
- Professional vintage jazz piano and vocal entertainer 1976-present, including: hundreds of public and private engagements as a pianist and cabaret artist most regularly and recently at Nick’s Worcester, 2011-present, Harrington Farm Inn, Princeton, MA 2005-10, and Sahara Restaurant, Worcester, 2001-2004.
- Professional performance in Kyoto, Japan, 1996-2000 & throughout Western New England 1976-91.