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JEFF BREWER IS “PIANO MAN”
The tribute to piano man Billy Joel
For more than 10 years, in concert halls, casinos, nightclubs and theatres, from Halifax to Las Vegas, Canadian keyboard wizard Jeff Brewer has been performing Billy Joel’s songs for wildly appreciative audiences. “Piano Man”, “Only The Good Die Young”, “Uptown Girl”, Joel’s instantly recognizable songs are brilliant pieces of Americana that people can’t help but sing along with. And Jeff Brewer is widely recognized as one of the best Billy Joel tribute artists in the business.
The Piano Man show has no orchestra, backup singers, no pyrotechnics. Just one very talented man rocking out at a piano and singing some of the best-loved pop songs of all time. Audiences across the continent say that’s the way they like it.
William Martin Joel was born in 1949 to a Jewish couple who had moved from Germany to Levittown, NY, to escape Nazi persecution. Although his family was very musical, William was at first reluctant to attend the piano lessons his father arranged for him. But as it turned out, the senior Joel’s persistence eventually paid off in an unimaginable way.
By the time he was a teenager, “Billy Joel” played the piano and sang well enough to work at a local piano bar to support his now divorced mother and his family. But the long hours and late nights took their toll, causing him to miss classes and exams and not graduate from high school.
Fast forward a few decades and the story changes dramatically. Following his 1973 hit recording “Piano Man”, Joel’s career skyrockets. In the process, he sells more than 150 million records, earns multiple Grammys, is inducted into both the Rock ‘n’ Roll and Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has become an international superstar. And his high school has finally let him graduate!