Pianist Michael Udelson grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. As a teenager, Michael studied classical music. As a music major at Oberlin College, Michael began studying jazz. After his first summer gig, Michael headed West ending up in San Francisco. In 1994, Michael and acoustic bassist Pat Klobas began entertaining in the Redwood Room at the Clift Hotel, where they performed for six years. In addition to playing standards, show tunes and jazz, they expanded upon the traditional lounge repertoire to include material by artists such as Santana, Pink Floyd, and the Stones. In 2000, Udelson and Klobas released their c.d. entitled “Standard Deviation”.
In 2001, Michael became house pianist at the Four Seasons Hotel, where he entertained nightly from 2001-2009. Memorable evenings of Michaels career include when guests Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Chuck Leavell (pianist for the Rolling Stones) joined him on the gig to play tunes.
Michael Udelson is an experienced, dependable and highly versatile musician, offering an eclectic repertoire spanning 1,500 songs- from 1919-2009, Cole Porter to Coldplay- ensuring that you’ll have the right music for any phase of your wedding day, from the ceremony itself through the cocktail hour and a joyous reception.
Michael is easy-going, flexible and friendly, so the entire process, from planning to playing, is stress-free. Beforehand, we’ll sketch a musical playlist catered to your specifications and tastes, allowing you to relax, knowing your reception will be a musical reflection of the two of you.
As the pianist at the Four Seasons Hotel, guests knew they would hear- and could request- tunes from every genre. If you love standards- vintage songs from the American Songbook (1920-1960), Michael plays hundreds of timeless jazz favorites by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, Hoagy Carmichael and Irving Berlin. These swinging melodies, which were popularized by singers such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, make for an elegant, stylish atmosphere. If you enjoy classic rock, compositions by legends like Elton John, the Beatles and Billy Joel sound great on piano. If you wish, you can also choose to include songs by artists such as Pink Floyd, the Stones, the Doors, Santana, and the Who in your reception playlist. If more alternative bands such as U2, Guns n Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Nirvana, Elvis Costello or Radiohead are your type of music, I’ve got a wide assortment of tunes by these great bands, giving you a lot of great stylistic options.
Monday, Tuesday and Friday evenings (7:00 till 10:30 p.m.) at the Washington Square Bar and Grill 1707 Powell Street (at Union)
2001-2009 Four Seasons Hotel, house pianist, nightly
2000-2001 Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay and SF
1994-2000 Redwood Room: Udelson / Klobas duo
1996-2000 Stars Restaurant
1989-1994 Marriott Hotel, View Lounge
1987-1990 Mandarin Oriental Hotel
1984-1994 Redwood Room, solo pianist, Sunday nights
One Market Plaza Restaurant
Fairmont Hotel (tea pianist)
Compass Rose, St. Francis Hotel
George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, Jerome Kern, Hoagy Carmichael and many songs popularized by Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.Classic Rock
The Doors, Beatles, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Rolling Stones, the Who, Allman Brothers, Traffic, Cream, Santana, Yes, Grateful Dead, Billy Joel, Santana
80s, 90s, Alternative and Current Rock
Coldplay, U2, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Elvis Costello, the Cure, Snow Patrol, Metallica, Radiohead
Blues, Jazz, Latin and Broadway
Dave Brubeck, Jobim, “Rent,” boogie woogie, Professor Longhair, Bill Evans