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Performance Experience

Professional Piano Player James Cebastien
2006 - 2011
Reception and dinner music for Casino Club, Phi Beta Kappa
1990 - 2011
Weddings, parties and events at Maxim's: The Nancy Goldberg International Center
Tribute to Studs Terkel - Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall (Musical Direction and Performance)
- Art's Club - Gallery Magazine (Vanstraaten retirement party)
- March 18, Davenport's, Chicago Cabaret Professionals- "Listen to My Song: A Tribute to Kurt Weil"l (Musical Direction and Performance)
- "Here's Johnny" tribute to Johnny Mercer at the Chicago Cultural Center Preston Bradley Hall (Musical Direction and Performance)
- "April Love" at the Water Tower Drury Lane Theater (Musical Direction and Performance)
- "Fabulous 50's" at Davenport's with the Chicago Cabaret Professionals (Musical Direction and Performance)
- Party - Dom Perignon Peninsula Penthouse
1991 - 2006
Nearly sixteen years in The Greenhouse at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) Solo Piano providing ambiance for upper-drawer clientele. Regular guests included cast and crew from ER, Broadway Producer Hal Prince, Carol Burnett, Daniel Barenboim and The Rolling Stones, to name only a few
- Show - "Don't Bring the Kids" with Carla Gordon. CD recording, piano and arranger.
- Parties and events at The Four Seasons.
1994 - 2004
- Pianist at 900 N. Michigan Magnificent Mile Mall.
- CD piano and arrangements for Honey West "P-Town 2003"
- Show - "Love is a Four-Letter Word" at Royal George Theater with KT McCammond. CD recording of show, piano and arranger.
- Musical Director, opening act for Alan King at Center East Theater, Skokie, IL with Streisand impersonator Sharon Michaels.
- Private parties: Byfields, Hyatt, Fairmont, Casino Club, Tavern Club, Harry Carey's and Sears Tower Metropolitan Club.
- The Fairmont Hotel (Metropole), seven-month engagement with Denise Tomasello / cover story in Chicago Tribune Arts section (Feb. 25, 1988).
- The Pump Room cocktail hours and dancing.
- The Pump Room solo cocktail and with singer Cathy Ford (Larrry Cart Tribune review).
- Solo at the Casino Club, Drake Hotel, Byfield's Tavern Club
- Cebastien and Renard "Twin Pianos of Elegance" four months at Le Studio on Rush.
- Concerts representing Young Chang pianos for American Music World.
1985 - 86
- Pianist for "Stardust" music of 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's. Vocal trio.
- Performer on Emmy Awards, Channell 7 broadcast from Chicago Theater.
- Conrad Hilton, Rialto Theater.
- Composed original music for demo/video "One Person's Dream" for Loree Lynn Foundation. Concept was purchased by Disney, but not yet produced.
1981 - 84
- Sage's on State and Eugene's with Denise Tomasello.
- Chicagofest performances
- Corporate parties.
- Chicago Cabaret club appearances: Alfie's, Orphan's, Redford's, Gentry and the Pump Room.
- Musical Director / Arranger for Concert at Parkwest "Marianne McCall Show"
- Cafe Bonapart in the Blackstone Hotel, Chicago (nine month engagement).