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STAN WIEST Pianist
LONG ISLAND NEWSDAY STORY
STAN WIEST HAS PERFORMED FOR BARBARA WALTERS, SALLY JESSY RAPHAEL, TONY RANDALL,
FRANK SINATRA, SAMMY DAVIS JR, WEDDING FOR ROYAL FAMILY OF SRI LANKA, THE DU PONT WEDDING, WEDDING FOR FAMILY MEMBER OF CONDUCTOR ARTURO TOSCANINI, THE TONIGHT SHOW BAND.
MUSIC TO DRIVE BY- A PERFECT MOTHER'S DAY GIFT
STAN WIEST began his lifetime career as a six year old carving his name into the wood of the upright piano his family had as a protest to having to practice piano. This attitude abruptly changes when at twelve he fell in love with his new piano teacher. She inspired him to practice long hours and encouraged his musicianship by taking him to classical concerts. Out of this puppy love a career was born. Stan graduated from Hofstra University on full piano scholarship with a brilliant classical piano concert for his musical graduation requirement playing Scarlatti, Schumann, Debussy and Franz Liszt.
As a performer in the late 60’s Stan played all the major hotel and supper clubs in Manhattan. He also appeared as a supper club pianist on the soap opera “Another World Bay City” and “Another World Somerset” on NBC television. In the same era he was performing on stage Off-Broadway and in several movies. After that period his performances moved to the country clubs and yacht clubs of Long Island and the tri-state area. What then began as simple recommending of a few musicians when Stan was already booked for parties exploded into a full time agency - A.WIEST ENTERTAINMENT GROUP which is extant to this day.Stan is President and CEO of this agency but has never stopped performing as orchestra leader and also as solo pianist.
"...this album is a culmination of all the years of maturing as a soloist and orchestra leader enhanced by the many years of classical training. " Stan Wiest
On November 30 , 2012, Stan recorded at Euphoria Studios in Manhattan for 8 hours. He was offered two ways to record: One result would be a CD recording that sounded like it was done in the studio. The second way, which was more difficult, would sound as if the piano was in the car or room with you when you played the CD. Stan chose this method, resulting in a dramatically increased presence in the sound of the piano, it sounds like you are right next to the piano when you play the CD. This method of recording allowed no overdubs, each track had to be recorded straight through from beginning to end. The resulting sound, on a fantastic Yamaha Grand Piano, is an elegant journey through Stan’s piano arrangements and interpretations. When listening to this CD one can hear all the echoes of years of training. The finesse and grandeur of a truly classical training blaze forth in glorious details in finger dexterity.
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“Not only is he a terrific pianist, but his choice of material is absolutely first rate- some truly great songs, very well played” PETER DUCHIN
“You’re clearly a talented guy”
JOE FAY – WNEW Metromedia Radio
“Completing the recordings in eight hours was “a feat,” says Euphoria owner David Sokol, who was impressed by Wiest’s performance. “The man knows every tune, he knows music history,” Sokol says. “He’s a serious musician and ‘serious musician’ is the highest compliment I can pay . . . I’ve heard the greatest musicians in the world, and Stan is excellent.”
DAVID SOKOL - OWNER EUPHORIA STUDIOS
“PIANIST STAN WIEST ADDS ‘RECORDING ARTIST’ TO HIS LONG MUSICAL RESUME”
LONG ISLAND NEWSDAY
Dick Robinson, host of WHLI/1100 AM’s “American Standards by the Sea,” is also impressed by Wiest’s piano stylings. “His album is a nice reflection of the American Songbook,” he says. “I love that a song like ‘Night and Day’ is just piano. No trio, no big band, no singer. Stan does a wonderful job.” DICK ROBINSON WHLI
“AMERICAN STANDARDS BY THE SEA”
“It is as beautiful of piano playing as one would ever want to hear. It’s absolutely delicious. It’s gorgeous. Wonderful renditions of these songs. Each and every one a classic song. And you do a beautiful job, a masterful job on them. I want to compliment you on absolutely marvelous piano playing. A great great keepsake album. It simply could not have been better. It really is a group of brilliantly played selections. It’s as good as it gets. And you have every right to be proud of it.”
PROGRAM DIRECTOR WHLI
THE TIMES UNION
Piano virtuoso Stan Wiest offers “Music You Will Love –Volume One: Music To Drive By” – draws from the Great American Songbook and beyond; Wiest’s wonderful technique and flair for interpretation are front-and-center. A generous 17 tracks of solo piano and it lives up to its title.”
“Stan Wiest has the perfect touch for the American Songbook. You can recognize the melody because he cares about the composers. A delightful CD, one you'll listen to many times.
You’re a delightful guest. You have something to say and you say it in a most interesting way.”
"Move over Clayderman...there's a new kid at the 88's who not only tickles the ivories, but gives us 17 tracks of pure AMERICAN SONGBOOK pleasure. That "new kid" is Stan Wiest, a old piano wizard. Stan's "MUSIC TO DRIVE BY" is "pure piano". My radio show audience love's Stan!
I can't wait for Volume 2"
Bill Miller. Host of the syndicated Bill Miller Show, and Charter member of the Kansas Broadcaster's "Hall Of Fame"
Listen to all of Stan's piano samples at CD BABY
MUSIC TO DRIVE BY - WATCH STAN WIEST PLAY EDDY DUCHIN'S PIANO
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