Eugene Portman – Jazz Pianist
Classically trained in Yorkshire by Brendan Murray, Eugene was a successful student winning many accolades at music festivals and competitions. The classical training was a wonderful foundation for him to develope his own style of playing. Eugene’s passion for playing the piano really lies with his heroes Erroll Garner, Dudley Moore, Oscar Peterson and Teddy Wilson he really wanted to learn how to improvise and become a jazz pianist. When he was eighteen Eugene joined the Tony Strudwick Band and gradually managed to make the difficult transition from classical music to popular music and then on to jazz. For a number of years Eugene continued with his classical work playing for ballet along side his performing in the jazz world. Eugene, now an accomplished jazz pianist, stands out from other pianists due his extraordinary ability to perform solo.
Eugene’s career has delevoped over the years and one of his achievements is the formation of the Eugene Portman Trio and the collaboration between them and some superb jazz singers: David Edwards from East Grinstead, West Sussex; Sheila Daniels from Cheam, Surrey; Steve Conway from Basingstoke, Hampshire and Ali Wheeler from Beckenham, Kent.
It didn’t take long before each of the singers started to perform with the trio and this format has now become increasingly popular for weddings, corporate events and parties.