Michael Feinstein performed on one of Piano Trends Baldwin L Grand Pianos in November of 2003 at Pipers Alley in Chicago. Michael performed Gershwin and songs of Jimmy Webb with Jimmy Webb. It was a grand evening. Michael sang a song to Jenny and was a gracious dressing room host before and after the show. Thank You Michael for being a good Friend. This Piano now has found a good home in Woodstock Illinois.
Above Michael Feinstein Video Clip playing and talking about George Gershwin! Piano Trends Music Company - Chicago Baldwin Crystal Lake, IL Below Michael with Rosemary Clooney on the Baldwin
Jimmy Webb is one of the greatest songwriters of all time and he performed on our Baldwin L along with Michael Feinstein in their only Chicago Concert appearance together. Jimmy and Michael performed one of jimmy's greatest songs "UP Up and AWAY" in a new arrangement that was breathtaking. Mr. Webb signed the Baldwin L he performed on and it was sold by Piano Trends to Jimmy Webb fans in Barrington Illinois shortly after the concert! Learn more about Jimmy and visit his website>>>>
Dean Malsack appears regularly in the Chicagoland area performing. Dean plays in the Piano Trends Showroom and other locations for us throughout the year. Check our links page for more information on Dean Malsack. Dean's Collection of CDs are available in the store or online.
Dean Malsack started piano lessons at the age of five and began playing professionally at fourteen. His father, also a professional pianist, was his teacher. His mother teaches piano as well. Dean has performed all over the United States as a solo pianist and with several ensembles ranging from jazz to blues to popular show tunes.
Here's How it All Began...
Allowance for Malsack and his five younger brothers and sisters was determined by a piano lesson. A great performance was worth 25 cents and a so-so showing earned 15 cents. Malsack never felt pressured to become a professional musician. He got the idea as a teenager, playing at parties.
As a student at Illinois State University, he majored in piano and trombone. After college, he spent three years touring lounges and Holiday Inns throughout the Midwest.
He learned to memorize music at age 14, when he was hired to provide piano accompaniment during a fashion show. With his piano positioned right beside a runway crowded with models, there was no way his eyes were staying on the sheet music!
Dean's enjoyment in playing is evident in his whimsical and unique style, and appeals to a wide range of listeners. Dean performs over 250 engagements yearly.
Dean Malsack CD Collection
Ben Folds performed on a Baldwin SF10 seven foot Concert Grand provided by Piano trends on May 2 2005 at the House of Blues in Chicago. The live Concert was broadcast on 101 the mix.
Ben signed and included a little artwork on the piano. Then Ben performed again using the same piano at Milwaukee's Summerfest in June. This Historical Piano can be seen in our showroom anytime. Come in and play the piano Ben Folds performed on.
Clay Aiken used the same Baldwin SF10 Concert Grand Piano that Ben Folds used on the following day during a taping of the Oprah Winfrey Television Show. Clay performed his hit singles.
Wow our piano is a TV Star!!
Thanks to Piano Trends from Music Legends...Michael and Jimmy
We appreciate the kind words from both Michael and Jimmy! See more information on this and other artists in the Piano Trends Archived News, History and Photo Gallery page by clicking on this Menu bar on the left side of our web pages.
Wynton Marsales borrowed a Baldwin Studio Piano to rehearse with in his Crystal Lake Holiday Inn Hotel Suite when he was in town to perform at the Raue Center for the Arts. He made one of our trumpet students very happy with a brief after concert lesson. Pictures of this happening are in the store. Wynton signed this piano and it was sold by Piano Trends and is in a home in Lake in the Hills!
George Winston spent two evenings writing and rehearsing in the Piano Trends Showroom when he was in town for a 2004 Concert performance at the Raue Center for the Arts. George came incognito between Midnight and 5 am on the night before and the night after his concert performance. A late night stroll by our store on those nights would have been quite a treat! George signed a Custom Model R Baldwin Grand and was sold by Piano Trends to a family in Woodstock Illinois as a Christmas gift in 2004. Visit George at his website>>>>>
Jimmy Webb appeared at Chicago's Piper's Alley Black Orchid Theatre on Valentine's Day February 14 2006 and used this Baldwin Model L Piano from Piano Trends. This was one of the same two pianos that Jimmy and Michael Feinstein used in the same theatre in 2003. Jimmy played long into the night because he said he developed a special connection with this particular Baldwin Piano. You can play this piano in our showroom today. See why Jimmy Webb loved playing MacArthur Park, Didn't We, Up up and Away, Galveston, and more on this piano
Watch Jimmy Sing one of his Songs Below
Chicago Blues Fest Artists
Wow! Too many to mention here! At the Chicago Blues Fest more than 25 artists signed our Custom Blue Baldwin R Grand Piano. It is now on display in our showroom. Stop in today and play on a piece of music history while it is still in Crystal Lake. You will want to take it home!
The rock group Foreigner with keyboardist Jeff Jacobs (far left) borrowed one of our Model R Baldwin Grands in a Chicago Fest Summer Concert as seen on WMAQ Channel 5. This piano was also used by Cindi Lauper the next evening in a Chicago Concert appearance. Jeff is now living in Chicago and when performing plays one of our Grand Pianos from Piano Trends Music. Ask us about Jeff's in store appearances.
Jeff Jacobs and Heather Headley
Jeff Jacobs is one Musician who gives back to the community. A Chicago Native, Jeff who was the keyboardists for Julian Lennon, Foreigner and Billy Joel donates time along with Piano Trends Music to help raise funds for Chicago Children's Hospital and the Chicago lung Association with appearances in Chicago and surrounding area. Jeff was joined on stage in Chicago by Heather Headley and a 40 member choir to premiere his song written to help Children's Hospital in Chicago. Jeff also makes Store appearances so check in from time to time to see when Jeff might be next at Piano Trends Music.
See Jeff's Music videos below filmed at Piano Trends
Arthur Hanlon visits Piano Trends in Chicago!
Baldwin Artist Arthur Hanlon made two appearances in Chicago June 22, 2007. First at the famous Chicago Merchandise Mart. (watch Video) And then at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago later that evening. Arthur spent the day with Piano Trends signing autographs at the mart and performing and visiting with friends and fans. Arthur plays on a custom Blue Baldwin Piano.
Cindi Lauper called us requesting to use our services on the references of Michael Feinstein when she appeared in Chicago. Cindi used our Baldwin R that was also used by Foreigner. It is available for sale and to view in our showroom as of this writing.Visit Cyndi's website>>>>>>
Ronan Tynan is one of the Great Irish Tenors and he also used our SF10 Grand in a DVD taping at Notre Dame University in the spring of 2005. This piano definately gets around. Come see it while we still have it. It is becoming quite a valuable piano.
Russian Pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch performed on our BALDWIN SD10 nine foot concert Grand during his Concert at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake on April 30th 2005. Piano Trends Music Company and Baldwin Piano combined to sponsor this special event.
pictured with Stanislav after the concert from left Mr. Ioudenitch, Bobbi Paul of Piano Trends Music, Tim Paul of Piano Trends Music, and Nick Georgeoff of Baldwin Piano
Four Van Cliburn Winners on Two Grands performing including Mr. Iousdenitch
Dr. John Headlines SummerFest in Milwaukee on Baldwin
Dr. John Performed in concert on Saturday July 2 at Milwaukee's Summerfest on the Harley Stage. Dr. John played on a Baldwin SF10 seven foot concert grand provided by Piano Trends Music. This is one famous piano that has been played in concert or appeared on TV with Ben Folds, Clay Aiken, Oprah Winfrey, Ronan Tynan, Chicago BluesFest, George Winston, Dean Malsack and others. Stop by our showroom while it is still appearing.
Greg Koch made his second appearance for Piano Trends Music Company conducting another sucessful guitar clinic. check out Trends History for more stories and pictures on Greg Koch at Piano Trends. Greg delighted a crowd of nearly 100 with his playing style and instructional tips throughout the night. NExt time you see a Chevy Commercial listen carefully to the guitar part.
You might just hear Greg playing on his Fender!
Greg Koch at NAMM
Nippersink Rogues - Tom Steffens and Mike Knauf
our good friends Tom and Mike Celebrated the release of their Hit CD "Irish Music For the Soul" in the Piano Trends Showroom. A special "green" Cake was shared by all who came to hear this unique Irish Band. The Guys have been performing Irish Music for nearly 20 years and will be back to perform at Piano Trends in the future. Sign up for our email newsletter today and we will let you know when we have Live in store music like the Rogues scheduled.
The Rogues CD is available on this website or in our store for just $15.95 or two for $30.00. They do make a great gift for the Irish person on your list.
Local Legend...Vito Buffalo performs at Piano Trends
The great Vito Buffalo sat in impromtu for a set of Jingle Bells with the Trenders Band during a Christmas SingAlong in the Piano Trends Showroom. Mike Tepps on Drums, Ken Cooper on Turmpet, Mike Mugli at the piano, April Milbratz on background vocals, Chris Angelos on rythym guitar, and Jake Lizzio on bass backed Vito's blusey jazz version of Jingle Bells. Those here won't forget...a great holiday time was had by all who shared.
Vito sings Jingle Bells
Holly Long Concert March 2007
Holly Long and her Band performed locally in concert and used a Baldwin Grand Piano provided by Piano Trends. Holly is a native of Evanston and is a gifted songwriter-singer. This concert at the cosman cultural center in Huntley was recorded live for upcoming cd and dvd recordings to be released by Holly later. Watch for our Baldwin Piano! Holly Long has performed for numerous TV and film recordings and this show was one of her rare hometown appearances. Piano Trends was happy to be a part of it.
The Shirelles brought their act to Crystal Lake South High School back in the early 1990's and Piano Trends was there to help host The Community Concert Event. Berverly Lee(pictured in the middle) is one of the original Shirelles. Piano Trends helped organize the backup band and provide instruments and Sound equipment for the show. The father/son duo of Tim and Jason even performed bodyguard duties for the Shirelles to and from the airport and hotels. Interesting car rides learning about the rock n roll history of one of the great and first all girl groups of the 60s. From Soldier Boy to Dedicated to the one I love, this was a memorable evening for Crystal Lake Concert Goers.
Judy Carmichael - Stride Pianist
One of the very first Concerts that Piano Trends assisted with was right here in Crystal Lake and Judy Carmichael. Judy performed live at Crystal Lake South High School as part of the Community Concert Series. Judy needed a concert Steinway for her performance per her contract and Piano Trends with the help of Ardath Breitenbach Paul got her that Steinway. Ardath donated the use of her Steinway B for the show and Piano Trends transported the piano 200 miles in time for rehearsal and showtime. Judy was very appreciative of the effort and thanked Ardath with a special acknowledgement during the concert. Well worth the effort as the sold out performance was enthusiastically received.
The Latin Group RBD performed at the All State Arena in Rosemont September 28 2007. They were provided with a custom built Baldwin Piano which was on display in the Piano Trends Showroom for two weeks prior to the show. (see our history pages to see the Baldwin Silver Shimmer Custom Piano built for RBD!
Piano Trends Delivered and Serviced the Piano for RBD before the Show!
Musician Steve Hollis donated his time for Charity at the Mart performing
on a piano from the
Gallery of Custom Baldwin Grands. Steve has been a professional pianist for more than 30 years working with such people as Marvin Hamlisch,
Smokey Robinson, Joan Rivers, and Jay Leno to name a few. He has performed on cruise ships and theatres touring both nationally and internationally. Steve's wife Dawn and children Melody and Mitch are all actors performing in theatre and film.
A good friend of Piano Trends is Ernie Hiltebrand. An engaging pianist whose repertoire covers an extensive range of popular and jazz standards as well as theatre and light classical music. Ernie is a well-known entertainer along Chicago's Gold Coast and North Shore performing at various private receptions and clubs during the year. "Living Room Music" was Ernie's first album that delighted his fans. His latest CD "I Remember" is due to be released in the near future. Ernie was one of four artists that donated their time to play our Baldwin Grand Pianos for the Respiratory Health Association at the Chicago Merchandise Mart in November of 2007
Another wonderful pianist arrived into town to donate time and effort to help raise funds for Respiratory Health Association of Metropilitan Chicago. Baldwin Artist John Ripley has performed and recorded throughout the Southeast with music industry icons such as producer Tom Dowd, Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, Muscle Shoals producer Jimmy Johnson, Rita Coolidge, Tito Puente, and others. John joined Dean to form a pair of voting members of the Grammy Association in one spot at the Mart on the 16th. For more details and ticket information Click Here!
The four Custom built Designer Baldwin Grand Pianos included the Tuxedo and John performed on the Favorite of Jerry Lee Lewis...The Flame
Tom Steffans is one of the finest local pianists around. He performed for Piano Trends at the Chicago Merchandise Mart and the video clip below is a sample of his artistry at work.
Blue Man Group
Piano Trends Music donated a Baldwin Piano for Oprah Winfrey and Blue Man Group to give to an inner city school music program where no pianos were available in June of 2007. It was part of a TV show filmed in Chicago giving away musical instruments to school and church programs in need. Our own Eric Diederich was even part of the Blue Man Group performance on the show. (Yes, Eric did survive the act) Stop in and ask him to tell you about his experience.
Dennis Deyoung of Styx
Founding member of the famed group STYX is Dennis Deyoung who performed on our Baldwin SF10 Concert grand in a benefit performance for Chicago Children's hopsital at Charter One Pavillion on Northerly Island in Chicago. His performance helped raise funds for a new hospital to be built in Chicago. Piano Trends Music donated the Piano and service to aid in the fund raising cause.
Buddy Guy performs for Children's hospital Benefit
Legend Buddy Guy shared a stage with Jeff Jacobs and Dennis Deyoung along with the Baldwin Concert Grand Piano provided by Piano Trends Music Company on September 10th, 2008. The benefit performance raised funds for Chicago Children's Hospital. Piano Trends was proud to be a part of this effort in supporting this cause and the musicians who gave of themselves back to their Chicago Community.
Louis Landon flew in from his home in New York to perform for Piano Trends at the Chicago Merchandise Mart for the first time in Novemeber of 2008. He again played for Piano Trends in January of 2009 in Anaheim California at the Seiler Piano Room during the NAMM Show. Chicago
World class pianist Danny Wright has worked with Piano Trends several times and it has always been a pleasure from our standpoint whether it has been a Raue Center Concert or benefit in the Chicagoland Area in which Danny gives of his time and talent. We also worked together on the filming of Danny's appearance on Chicagoing with Bill Campbell
Again our blue grand piano came to the rescue of under the street lamp otherwise known as the former cast of the chicago version of the Jersey Boys. check out clips from their concert A special thanks to guitarist Dave Sarkis who helped with all of the arrangements. (The boys shown here with our own Anthony Zirfas and Ashley Markusen.
Miss Emily Bear played on our Blue Grand Piano both on the TV show Chicagoing with Bill Campbell and at the Raue Center in her concert with Danny Wright. What a joy to work with. Pictured here on the set of Chicagoing. from left Danny Wright, Bill Campbell, Emily "BLUE" and Tim
Mike Potts is almost a resident artist with Piano Trends