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Client List / References

'Rich Smith is blessed with extraordinary talent on the keys, can play for long
periods with the stamina of a Kenyan marathoner, and he has a keen sense of "the room"
when it comes to setting the tone and tempo of his improvisational genius. We were honored
to have him create the mood at our holiday party for our 500+ guests and he was capable of
being both a visible and ethereal influence on the atmosphere. And that doesn't scratch the
surface of his abilities as a concert pianist. In those venues, his original work is thoroughly
delightful and capable of invoking vivid imagery. Smith's improv work is uniquely engaging
and his renditions of the classics are fun and refreshing. He is a piano-lovers joy.'
~ Jeff Stein, Premiere Radio Networks

'Dear Rich, On behalf of the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum, I want to thank
you for playing the piano and singing so beautifully at Mae LaBorde's 100th
birthday celebration. You were an important part of the event.'
~ Louise Gabriel, President and CEO


'Rich Smith is a gifted piano player and added a most festive touch to our
New Year's Eve party. His repertoire of music was simply amazing.
Our guests loved him!'

~ Laurie and Dale Zeh, Pasadena CA

'To listen to music by Rich Smith is to be in touch with the varied emotions of
human existence. Whether it is a gathering for a building dedication, a fun
party or a more somber memorial service, he has just the right touch.

Just to give you one example: following a party to celebrate the
completion of our new office building, not only did guests remark
how much they enjoyed Rich Smith's keyboard improvisations,
but my sister-in-law, who sings soprano in her city's choir,
was captivated by his music.  We have since that occasion,
given her some of Rich's CDs for her home enjoyment.

Whenever you are thinking of music to enrich your life,
I would say, "Think...Rich Smith."'

~ Betty Chang, Los Angeles CA

'With his sensational playing Rich’s inspiring music gave so much color,
warmth and beauty to our special day that touched our hearts deeply and therefore made it
complete. Our wedding was outdoors and it was very cold, but with Rich’s music we were filled
with warmth that made us forget about the weather and let us enjoy our special day fully.
His music literally takes over and creates this beautiful, warm, cozy atmosphere.'

~ Christine and Michael Soehner, Los Angeles CA

'Rich Smith's love for the piano is obvious to anybody who's seen
him play. In 2002, my father discovered Rich performing publically and sat
enthralled in the whimsical improvisations that mark his unique style. We had
found the musician for my parents' upcoming new building opening celebration
- by far the biggest party we'd thrown in years. Rich came fully equipped, not just
with the instrument of his profession but also with his passion for the music.
Many guests remarked how great the music sounded, and several of us
came away with new CD's that day. When my father passed away this
spring, we knew that Rich should be the one to play at his service.
This time Rich called upon an entirely different kind of sound,
appropriate to the occasion, but grounded in his
understanding of making music move. It
has been a pleasure to hear Rich's piano playing.
I certainly recommend his services to anyone with
a special occasion, and personally look forward to
the next time I hear his music. Thanks Rich.'

~ Katherine Knorr, Brooklyn NY

'Rich Smith and his band are not just any ordinary band out there.
They are great musicians. Rich creates his own music, with his own style, and
his music is full of passion. We have known him since the 3rd Street Promenade
years, and he has still been the greatest pianist that we have known since then.'

~ Benny Chan, Pasadena CA

'We are very honored to have had Rich as our pianist for our wedding.
Everybody was very impressed with his performance.  After my wedding,
everyone came and asked me, "How did you find such a great pianist?"
All my friends and families are super impressed with his performance
and they are all amazed with his work.  It is truly a treasure to have
Rich perform in our wedding, something that I will never forget.
Rich is definitely one of the best pianists I have met so far,
his music is full of passion, innovations and creativity.'

~ Janice So, Pasadena CA

'We've had the pleasure of having Rich in our home playing the piano for me
and my family once a week for the past seven years and we would
not know what to do without him. His music is part of our living.
We look forward to having him here on a weekly basis'.

~ Martin and Rose Levin, Century City CA

'Regarding the evening when you came over to play for us, it was simply wonderful.
Your improvisational music was very soothing and relaxing.
It really set the romantic tone for our one-month
wedding anniversary.
It took the evening up several notches.

It amazes us how beautiful your improvisational playing was.
We will more than gladly refer you to friends, family and colleagues anyday.'

~ Louisa Kwan and Tim Anderson, Sherman Oaks CA

'Rich's music set the mood of our wedding superbly from start to finish.
There were just so many great parts. We really liked how he improvised the classics
and merged them together.

Our favorite part was how the entrance music progressed through to the bridal march.
The music flowed from one part to the next as if it was all one piece of music.

He's very flexible with requests - one of our guests had asked him to
play a piece of music so our guest could serenade us.
It was a very touching moment.

Everyone loved Rich’s music.'

~ Cathy and James Schwab, Irvine CA

'Not only does he play well, he always presents himself with such style and panache.
The residents love his music. He has been coming to us for 8 years and we hope he will continue
to come. His program is varied and never boring. Keep up the good work, Rich.'

~ Jan Ingram, Former Activities Director, The Gardens of Santa Monica

Shannon Meadows, Sherman Oaks CA

Suzanna Minasian, Granada Hills CA

Wally Gilbert, Boston MA


Brite Smile, Beverly Hills CA

Jessica Ward and David Larsen, Laguna Hills CA


Kathy Jo Peterson / Weddings by Kathy, Laguna Hills CA

Vinny Petrosino, Marina del Rey CA

Irma Ramos, Norwalk CA

Laurie and Dale Zeh, Pasadena CA

Burlington Arms Apartments, Los Angeles CA


Dizzy Entertainment, Milpitas CA

Wayne Dempsey, Rolling Hills Estates CA

Legatus of Orange Coast, Costa Mesa CA

InterContinental Hotel, Century City CA

Eric and Melanie Stein, Chatsworth CA

Jean-Philippe Malric, Sherman Oaks CA

Vero Beach Art Club, Vero Beach FL

Royal Palm Convalescent Center, Vero Beach FL

Saint Luke’s Presbyterian Church, Rolling Hills Estates CA

Ross Wilson and Jennifer Pinto, Hermosa Beach CA

Sue Friedman, Northridge CA

Jacqueline Bacal, Brentwood CA

Sierra Madre United Methodist Church, Sierra Madre CA

Amy Vuong and Giorgi Chigogidze, Los Angeles CA

Isabelle Hwang, Porter Ranch CA

The G2 Gallery, Venice CA

Stewart Smith and Robin Ferracone, San Marino CA

Mercedes-Benz of Long Beach CA


Dana Feltman / Infinite Productions, Costa Mesa CA

Long Beach Scottish Rite, Long Beach CA

Robyn Biener, Manhattan Beach CA

Loews Hotel, Santa Monica CA

Vintage Senior Living, Burbank CA

Myriam and George Guzman, Montebello CA

Stunts Unlimited, Chatsworth CA

Harvest Home, Santa Monica CA

Fritz Hoelscher, Newport Beach CA

Linda Kerr and Nicholas Salaita, D.D.S, M.D., Lancaster CA

Carol Ko & Edward Chuang, Alhambra CA

Akiyoshi Okamura, Chiba, Japan

Julia Pegler & Gerard Rotunno, Port Hueneme CA

Westside Waldorf School, Pacific Palisades CA

The Gardens of Santa Monica, CA

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles CA

Guy Marshall / Tutt & Babe Music, Woodland Hills CA

Skip & Sheila Clapkin, Tarzana CA

David Dee & Kay Harrison, Santa Monica CA

Paul & Marie Cameron, Cheviot Hills CA

Kieron Lo, Alhambra CA

William & Cynthia Lyles, Marina Del Rey CA

Hotel Oceana, Santa Monica CA

Rotary District #5204, Camarillo CA

Waltrip's Music, World of Yamaha, Arcadia CA

Belmont Village, Hollywood & Burbank CA

Omni Hotel, Los Angeles CA

Renaissance at Ocean House, Santa Monica CA

Amy Klitsner / Lightwave Productions, Santa Monica CA

Dr. Siegfried Knorr & Family / Colby Instruments, Santa Monica CA

Dr. William Skinner, Santa Monica CA

Esther Sato / Sato Films, Santa Monica CA

Catalina Lopez, Santa Monica CA

Susan Ryan, Los Angeles CA

Eric & Tara Broida, Malibu CA

Rosanna & Jonathan Caguioa, Irvine CA

Brotman Medical Center, Culver City CA

Culver City Downtown Business Assoc., Culver City CA

Stephen Krulik, Berkeley CA

Fireside Convalescent Hospital, Santa Monica CA

Maya Schwartz, Los Angeles CA

Ann & Del Harris, Palisades Highlands CA

Near North Entertainment Insurance Services, Los Angeles CA

Marilyn Nelson, Los Angeles CA

Kristen Krawic & Chris Stilwell, Topanga CA

Brent Deal, Manhattan Beach CA

Doodle Creative, San Francisco CA

The House Ear Institute, Los Angeles CA

Bachelors Ball, Los Angeles CA

Action Equipment Co., Oceanside CA

Cordell & Ruby Harges

Rishon B'nai Brith, Los Angeles CA

Shannan Keenan / Just Hank Productions, Simi Valley CA

LinLin Wang, Los Angeles CA

Shane Walker, Los Angeles CA

Connie Lopez, Los Angeles CA

Platinum Mountain Entertainment, Van Nuys CA

David & Anna Rogers, Santa Monica CA

Canyon School, Santa Monica CA

Franklin School, Santa Monica CA

Malibu Mile Dolphin Run, Malibu CA

Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles CA

Ron Neter, Tarzana CA

Judy Davis & Ronald Waddy, Torrance CA

United States Air Force, Los Angeles CA

National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles CA

Joseph & Jacqueline Tesoriero, Pacific Palisades CA

Rogue River Motion Picture Co., Lake Oswego OR

David & Karen Waxman, Riverside CA

Jerry John Crawford, Los Feliz CA

University of West Los Angeles, CA

Temple Sinai, Westwood CA

Susan & Rudy Nodar, Pacific Palisades CA

Helen & Peter Shanley, Pacific Palisades CA

Donna Mellos, Pacific Palisades CA

Oroamerica, Burbank CA

Sinai Akiba Academy, Los Angeles CA

Joseph Allon, Los Angeles CA

Dennis Ardi, Beverly Hills CA

Arya Group, Los Angeles CA

Carmen De Castro, Los Angeles CA

Steven Yterboe, Rancho Palos Verdes CA

Catherine Levitan, Van Nuys CA

Gladstone's Universal Citywalk, CA

Shari Sharifi & Ed Brown, Los Angeles CA

Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, CA

Hari Bhajan Kaur Harris, Los Angeles CA

David & Felice Reyes, Pacific Palisades CA

Lezlee Livrano, Monrovia CA

Dean Childers, Woodland Hills CA

Rod & Kirsten Wylie, Woodland Hills CA

Carl Mellinger, Pacific Palisades CA

Leo Klausner, Los Angeles CA

Louis Levy, Thousand Oaks CA

Gary Silverston, Malibu CA

Jamie Leigh Green, Quincy MA

Alvin Harris, Los Angeles CA

Christie Cash, Los Angeles CA

Concious Living Expo, Los Angeles CA

Veterans Administration, Los Angeles CA

Producers Guild of America, Beverly Hills CA

California Interior Plantscape Assn., Fallbrook CA

Las Vegas Convention Center NV

The Franklin Elementary School, Santa Monica CA

Lamborghini Club CA

Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles CA

The Summit Club, Pacific Palisades CA

Evening with Friends Aids Fundraiser, Raleigh NC

Majestic Princess, Boston MA

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA

Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica CA

Bayside District Corporation, Santa Monica CA

Whittier's Uptown Artwalk, Whittier CA

Universal Studios Citywalk, CA

Cafe Encino, CA

The Crustacean Restaurant, Beverly Hills CA

The Menino Committee, Boston MA

Phyllis Wheatley Middle School, Roxbury MA

Berklee College of Music, Boston MA

Bernard's at Copley Place, Boston MA

Siros, Quincy MA

Swiss Hotel, Boston, MA

Brockton's First Night, MA

The Honolulu, Norwood MA

The Venezia, Boston MA

Raffael's, Quincy MA

The Shanty, Quincy MA

Cathay Pacific, Quincy MA

VFW, Randolph MA

Biagio's, Marshfield MA

The Days Inn, Woburn MA

The Hartwell House, Lexington MA

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"Music For Events" Samples (Solo Piano, Solo Piano & Vocal, GB Standards with the Band)

GB Standards with the Band (Mixed Styles)

The Song Is You
Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Kern
The Song Is You (Guitar Solo)
Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Kern
E Flat Latin Improv (Live)
Rich Smith
Chariots of Fire
Vangelis Papathanassiou
There Will Never Be Another You (Live)
Harry Warren, Mack Gordon
Mission Impossible
Lalo Schifrin
Linus and Lucy (Live)
Vince Guaraldi
Sarah McLachlan
Saber Dance
Aram Khachaturian
I Wish
Stevland Morris, AKA: Stevie Wonder
On the Beautiful Blue Danube (Live)
Johann Strauss, Jr
Europa (Live)
Carlos Santana, Tom Coster

Recording Credits:

Rich Smith - Piano & Voice
Janet Hane - Accordion
Hubert Pralitz - Violin
Ian Hattwick - Guitar
Paula McMath - Voice
Jonah Minton - Tenor & Soprano Saxophones
Erik Kertes - Acoustic & Electric Basses
Robert Fernandez - Percussion
Paul Tavenner - Drums

Solo Piano

E Flat Jazz (Acoustic Piano)
Rich Smith
E Flat Jazz (Electronic Piano)
Rich Smith (CD: "3rd Street Improv")
Cloud Painting
Rich Smith (CD: "August Sky")
Song of the Kaweah
Rich Smith (CD: "The Giant Forest")
Improv on Rachmaninov's Var. 18 in his Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (Opus 43)
Sergei Rachmaninov / Nicolo Paganini /
Rich Smith
(CD: "Piano Sampler with a Rich Twist")
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (CD: "Piano Sampler with a Rich Twist")
Fur Elise
Ludwig van Beethoven (CD: "Piano Sampler with a Rich Twist")
Alla Turca
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (CD: "Piano Sampler with a Rich Twist")
Danny Boy (Improv)
Traditional / Rich Smith (CD: "Piano Sampler with a Rich Twist")
Maple Leaf Rag
Scott Joplin (CD: "Piano Sampler with a Rich Twist")
Prelude No. 1 (from Well-Tempered Clavier Vol. 1)
Johann Sebastian Bach (CD: "Piano Sampler with a Rich Twist")
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (from Cantata 147)
Johann Sebastian Bach (CD: "Piano Sampler with a Rich Twist")
Morceau en forme d’etude (Opus 22, No. 1)
H. A. Wollenhaupt (CD: "Piano Sampler with a Rich Twist")
America the Beautiful (Improv)
Traditional / Rich Smith (CD: "Piano Sampler with a Rich Twist")
The Soaring Hawk
Rich Smith (CD: "The Giant Forest")

Solo Piano & Vocal

All I Ask of You
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Stilgoe, Charles Hart

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