The Kent Strand Duo is a great choice for your event. Featuring pianist/keyboardist Kent Strand with upright bass, the duo plays a variety of lively and recognizable jazz classics, standards, Latin hit including bossa novas, sambas and Latin jazz, R & B, Beatles and popular songs and movie and broadway themes.
Kent has performed as a pianist at the top clubs and hotels in the Bay Area including his current extended engagement with his trio at the beautiful Garden Court in the Palace Hotel for their Sunday brunch. He played for over 8 years as a solo pianist and with the jazz trio at the Compass Rose at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.
“One of today’s best-kept secrets in piano jazz. A great classic jazz trio” February 2004 Keyboard Magazine review of Kent’s latest CD.
Kent is the Entertainment Director at San Francisco’s favorite nightclub, Harry Denton’s Starlight Room (www.harrydenton.com) on the 21st floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel (since 1995). He performed over 1,500 nights at the Starlight Room with his group, The Starlight Orchestra, playing everything from jazz to bossa novas, standards, Motown, Disco and contemporary R & B.
The Kent Strand Trio performed at the Cityscape Bar and Restaurant at the San Francisco Hilton for Sunday brunches from 1999 to 2007.
Kent has performed with jazz greats Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Mark Murphy, Kevin Mahogony and Doc Cheatham at jazz festivals throughout the United States. He has performed on National Public Radio on Garrison Keillor’s Prarie Home Companion Show and on Billy Taylor’s Jazz Alive. He has backed comedians Bill Murray, Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Paula Poundstone and Martin Short. He performs often with members of Santana, the Steve Miler Band, Sheila E, Pete Escovedo, Prince and Boz Scaggs.
Kent’s experience includes studio work, backing shows in Las Vegas and on cruise ships and performing at the George V Hotel in Paris in 1995 and 1997. He was the featured pianist for the 50th anniversary celebration of the United Nations where he played for the world’s ambassadors. He has also performed for President Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, the King of Norway, Robin Williams, and Danielle Steele.
The Kent Strand Quartet consists of piano with upright bass, drums or a horn (sax or trumpet). Top Bay Area vocalists or instrumentalists can be added to Kent’s trio.
2006 events: The Kent Strand Trio was the featured entertainment for the SF Opera Gala, the Junior League benefit, the Bloomingdale Grand Opening party at the St. Regis for the CEO, owners, politicians and local dignitaries, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Stop Aids Benefit, The Smile Train Benefit with Alex Trebek, Kaiser Permanente, McGraw-Hill, Wells Fargo, Forbes, Bechtel, etc.
2007 events: Private party for Bill Marriott, Chairman and CEO of Marriott International at the San Francisco Marriott, David Castro of HBO event, the San Francisco Hotel Hero event at the Palace Hotel for the San Francisco Hotel Association, a noon time concert at Santa Clara University, SemiCon West Trade Show, Hartford Insurance event in Freeport, the Bahamas, Mitsui & Co, Yahoo, California Restaurant Assn.,Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Genentech, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant General Managers party, etc.
2008 events: The San Francisco Hotel Hero Event at the Westin St. Francis, the Monterey Jazz Festival Gala for Clint Eastwood, the National Association of Catering Executives Gala at the InterContinental San Francisco, Ford at the Four Seasons Hotel, an in-house event for the St. Regis Hotel’s national meeting, coordination and playing for the Starwood Hotels and Resorts GM conference for eight hotels, Time Magazine event at the Ritz Carlton San Francisco, Jazz at Pearls, Moose’s Restaurant Sunday brunches, Macy’s, the Grand Opening of the InterContinental San Francisco, The Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles for the June 28, 2008 It’s All About the Kids benefit, etc.
2009 events: Kent Strand Quartet performs for President Obama at the Westin St. Francis on October 15, 2009, AT&T Golf Tournament, Texas Roadhouse, BMW, San Francisco Food Bank, The Guardsmen, American Society of Travel Agents, Oracle, the French Laundry, Deloitte Services, SFMOMA fundraiser, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society /Nike Womens Marathon.2010 events: Kent Strand Trio performs for Barnes & Noble for Louis Gossett Book signing, Vera Wang fashion show and the Wedding 360 event at the St. Regis, the RSA Conference at the Four Seasons, SF Museum of Modern Art for the Luc Tyuman exhibition opening night, the Junior Leauge at the Fairmont, for the San Francisco Hotel Council annual event at the Ritz-Carlton, opened for Train at the Ritz Carlton SF for a corporate event and many weddings, parties, etc.