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the spark of two very small brothers sends them straight away to the church's spinet piano where the friendly noises all around provide them with more than adequate "cover" for their somewhat theatrical re-creations of Mrs. Butler's powerful, gospel-influenced
stylings. Most of the people didn't complain too much, but boy, did we have a great time! Years later, I would add on to my treasured early "experience," studying both technique and performance with Professor Emeritus Henry Santos, a renowned concert pianist, music scholar, and historian. Jazz theory and arranging would be learned from distinguished faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music, and later, by continuous, on-going exploration and self instruction.
Today, the days of early fun with the piano have returned...not only through performance, but also, recording. Take a look at my growing list of albums, and upcoming projects. While my audience has grown, one thing has and never will change....it's all about what people want to hear...what will invigorate and renew....and what they might connect to so very much that they will want to hear it played again, and again.
In a very small New England church, the organist ends her final hymn. The clamor of the socializing begins as families and seniors begin making their way to relatives, friends, and warm, familiar conversation.
As the peacefulness of the day almost subsides completely,
From Yesterday to Today
New Friend Entertainment is the bridge from the lifelong entertainment experiences of Dave Cornwall to the present day. In Philadelphia, through a simply named, self-titled venture, Dave launched "Dave Cornwall Jazz Piano," back in 1993.
Experience and time really are the best teachers. Moving very successfully into venues that included weddings, hotels, private parties, restaurants, and country clubs imparted Dave with valuable knowledge and sensibilities not only about what people like, but also, how they like their music to be played....based on the occasion, venue, mood, and of course, individual tastes. Never background music... Distinctive music and entertainment that intentionally engages...that inspires...that unexpectedly surprises, and renews.
In addition to the preceding clientele, New Friend Entertainment has also been given a sunny, warm welcome from all types of residential senior communities. Entertaining seniors from all walks of life through Dave Cornwall - Jazz Piano, we play more than 100 engagements a year and count as happy clients most of the corporate retirement, nursing and rehab facility chains, in addition to many private facilities and religious non-profits in the metro Trenton-Philadelphia areas.