From high energy to romantic candlelight…from Bing to Sting…from Elvis to Elton…from Satchmo to Bono…from the mostest to the greatest, from the oldest to the latest.
From Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore, from Baltimore and Washington and on down to Richmond…from the Delmarva Peninsula sweeping westward to the Shenandoah and the Blue Ridge…you are on the website of the best entertainment value in the Mid-Atlantic States.
I, Daniel James Burbine, am proficient in many different popular styles. I have played at literally hundreds of weddings including the ceremonies.
Influenced by my father and namesake, a wonderful pianist on the North Shore area of Boston, and, eventually studying with Muriel E. Lee, a former CBS Radio Network staff organist who had earlier in her career provided live Hammond organ and piano background in New York for radio soap operas such as The Guiding Light and As The World Turns, I later attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There I formed bands that would share the stage with artists such as Natalie Cole, Bill Withers, Muddy Waters, Buddy Miles, Al Kooper and Tim Hardin.
I later performed with David Crosby, Dan Fogelberg, Joe Walsh, and Gary Morris. I was also team organist for the NBA Denver Nuggets and the (then) NHL Colorado Rockies (now the New Jersey Devils) for two seasons.
I have met and personally performed for four U.S. presidents, countless congressional and cabinet members, and the Washington diplomatic corps along with national luminaries of all walks of life. I have performed at four premier presidential inaugural galas! Please visit my Testimonials page to see what others are saying about my piano playing.
“Thank you for playing a most special song ['A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square'] in such a warm and wonderful manner. Yours is my favourite rendition ever.”
–HER LADYSHIP, BRITISH PRIME MINISTER MARGARET THATCHER (Judy Campbell, British star of stage and screen, first performed this WWII song at the Comedy Theatre in a revue called ‘New Faces’ in 1940 during the Blitz of London; Ms. Campbell was the Lady Thatcher’s best childhood friend in Grantham, Lincolnshire, often sneaking into movies together; “Nightingale” was the first song Frank Sinatra ever recorded–with Harry James in 1940)
“Hey, man, nice sound”.
–BILL CLINTON [Tenor Saxophonist, U.S. President, (2 terms)]
“I know a friend when I hear one!” (upon acknowledging the TurboPianist’s rendition of the Tonight Show theme of yore, ‘Here’s Johnny’)
–ED McMAHON (Announcer–The Tonight Show, 1962-1992)
“Cool left-hand chord voicings and technique, especially [on] the Sinatra stuff.”
–BRUCE JOHNSTON of THE BEACH BOYS
“That’s nice and thank you.” (regarding the TurboPianist’s rendition of ‘New York, New York’)
“Boy, you are sounding great tonight!”
–DANA “Queen Latifah” OWENS, Actress-Singer
“Your music is so greatly appreciated”.
–SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY
“Wonderful work–thoroughly entertaining”.
–HARVEY KEITEL, Actor
“Thanks, and you are very good!”
–DAVID ARCHULETA, Runner-Up, American Idol
“Nice job, nice music.”
–NBA COACH PHIL JACKSON, Los Angeles Lakers
“Guys, what a dynamite combo!!”
“Our deepest thanks to you for performing for us”.
–TIM RUSSERT (1950-2008), NBC NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF, MODERATOR FOR ‘MEET THE PRESS’ AND JUST A PHENOMENAL HUMAN BEING
“Thanks–that means a lot!!”
–CHRIS SAMUELS, LEFT TACKLE, WASHINGTON REDSKINS (upon hearing the TurboPianist’s rendition of ‘Hail To The Redskins’ two nights before his first NFL start)
“I like what you’re playing…yeah, it’s me…just shut up and keep playing!”
–JAY LENO (then Guest Host of NBC-TV’s ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson’ while checking in at the front desk at the Marriott Wardman Park to perform for an American Medical Association convention)
“You sound terrific…everyone is really enjoying it.”
–DAWN McCALL, President–THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL
“Daniel’s music is absolutely lovely–a pleasure to hear him!”
–RENE EGAN, MANAGER–WEST END CAFE, RITZ CARLTON, WASHINGTON, D.C.
“Daniel presents a fantastic professional image for our customers and provides them with the upbeat music that has become part of the wonderful Nordstrom experience. Daniel sets a positive example for Nordstrom employees and professional musicians alike and is a marvelous musician who endows his performances with energy and well-crafted arrangements. He is the consummate professional, a superb pianist and a wonderful performer. His image and dress are impeccable…Daniel sets the stage and example of a positive Nordstrom experience. He is a huge asset to our store and company as a whole.”
–DOUG ULRICH, PIANO MANAGER, NORDSTROM–MONTGOMERY MALL, BETHESDA , MD (where The TurboPianist performs for an estimated 200,000 people annually)
“Your playing is excellent”.
–MAC McGARRY, HOST OF NBC-4’s ‘IT’s ACADEMIC’, THE LONGEST RUNNING TV QUIZ SHOW EVER
“I love [your] music. It makes me happy!”
–HILLARY HOWARD, WEEKDAY AFTERNOON ANCHOR–WTOP (103.5 FM), WASHINGTON, DC (Arbitron’s No. 1 Rated U.S. broadcast radio station)