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Ed Bazel - Composer and Pianist The Miller Piano Specialists Podcast | Nashville, TN

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Another episode of the Miller Piano Podcast is here! Host, Jason Skipper sits down with accomplished pianist, composer, and award winner Ed Bazel. If you want to learn more about the ins and outs of becoming a professional musician, you do not want to miss this podcast!

Topics Discussed:

Can Music Truly Heal the Soul?
Ed's Interesting Journey As an Aspiring Artist
How Ed Found His Absolute Favorite Piano
How and Why "The River of Calm" Began
Ed Bazel's Upcoming CD

Transcript
Jason Skipper 0:12
Welcome to the Miller Piano Podcast! I'm your host Jason Skipper, and in this episode, we have special guest Ed Bazel here visiting us. Ed has been a longtime friend of Miller Piano Specialists. He is the host of The River of Calm live stream concert series, as well as The River of Calm beyond the music podcast. Ed is an accomplished pianist and composer, and he has won many awards. Just to name a few from Miller Piano Specialists, in 2017, Ed was the recipient of the MPS Hall of Fame Award in the Instrumentalists Category. In 2018, he received the MPS Hall of Fame Award as Entertainer of the Year. In late 2019 late last year, he was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Ed, It's an honor to have you on the podcast, welcome!

Ed Bazel 1:00
Jason, thank you so much. You should be my agent, that sounds like that's pretty cool stuff that's happened there!

Jason Skipper 1:08
It's very impressive everything that you've done. You know, I've been watching the MPS Awards show last year, also online with The River of Calm. It's just impressive everything you've done, so it is an honor!

Ed Bazel 1:21
I'm a lucky man. I'll put it that way. So thank you so much for having me here.

Jason Skipper 1:26
All right. Well, as I mentioned that you have been working closely with Miller Piano Specialists for quite a while. I know you've been through them with the events over the years. You have The River of Calm that happens every month there at the store. How did your relationship start with Miller?

Ed Bazel 1:43
Oh, wow, that's a good question. It started because my sister took piano lessons when I was a kid. That's what happened. She was older than me, so my mom would drop her off and she figured, if she drops my sister off for half an hour, she might as well get me lessons too, so she can have an hour of free time. So my mom was really smart. So I started lessons at five. There's an answer to this Miller Piano thing that I'll get to. For 11 years kicking and screaming, and I was on a Yamaha spin at a piano at that time. I hated it until I realized that I was too shy to talk to girls, and maybe I could be good at piano and that would help. I don't know if it did or not, but that's another story. So yeah, I went to school, I have that business degree Computer Programming Degree and I told my mom and dad, "You know what, I'm going to play the piano for a living." I was a professional pianist for about 20 years. Not only here in my hometown of Huntington, West Virginia, but Lexington, Kentucky and then out in Los Angeles for many years. I was the guy like In the tuxedo at the Beverly Hills Country Club, you know, of course, I could play "Misty" (Ella Fitzgerald) and yes, the restroom is that way. I always use that as a joke. It was such a great way to make a living with my hands and my soul. I realized, the more I would go into an agent's office to pick up my paycheck, the more they would call me on the phone to do jobs and was like, "This is interesting." So I said, "Why don't I take that box of index cards you have of your artists?" This is really old school stuff, "And let me create a database for you." So that's how I got into the agency side of things. So I ended up becoming an agent in LA, a lot of work in the Asia Pacific market, and then learned the corporate entertainment market. We're getting to Miller Piano I just want you to know that!

Jason Skipper 3:52
Oh, you're good, you're good.

Ed B

Another episode of the Miller Piano Podcast is here! Host, Jason Skipper sits down with accomplished pianist, composer, and award winner Ed Bazel. If you want to learn more about the ins and outs of becoming a professional musician, you do not want to miss this podcast!

Topics Discussed:

Can Music Truly Heal the Soul?
Ed's Interesting Journey As an Aspiring Artist
How Ed Found His Absolute Favorite Piano
How and Why "The River of Calm" Began
Ed Bazel's Upcoming CD

Transcript
Jason Skipper 0:12
Welcome to the Miller Piano Podcast! I'm your host Jason Skipper, and in this episode, we have special guest Ed Bazel here visiting us. Ed has been a longtime friend of Miller Piano Specialists. He is the host of The River of Calm live stream concert series, as well as The River of Calm beyond the music podcast. Ed is an accomplished pianist and composer, and he has won many awards. Just to name a few from Miller Piano Specialists, in 2017, Ed was the recipient of the MPS Hall of Fame Award in the Instrumentalists Category. In 2018, he received the MPS Hall of Fame Award as Entertainer of the Year. In late 2019 late last year, he was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Ed, It's an honor to have you on the podcast, welcome!

Ed Bazel 1:00
Jason, thank you so much. You should be my agent, that sounds like that's pretty cool stuff that's happened there!

Jason Skipper 1:08
It's very impressive everything that you've done. You know, I've been watching the MPS Awards show last year, also online with The River of Calm. It's just impressive everything you've done, so it is an honor!

Ed Bazel 1:21
I'm a lucky man. I'll put it that way. So thank you so much for having me here.

Jason Skipper 1:26
All right. Well, as I mentioned that you have been working closely with Miller Piano Specialists for quite a while. I know you've been through them with the events over the years. You have The River of Calm that happens every month there at the store. How did your relationship start with Miller?

Ed Bazel 1:43
Oh, wow, that's a good question. It started because my sister took piano lessons when I was a kid. That's what happened. She was older than me, so my mom would drop her off and she figured, if she drops my sister off for half an hour, she might as well get me lessons too, so she can have an hour of free time. So my mom was really smart. So I started lessons at five. There's an answer to this Miller Piano thing that I'll get to. For 11 years kicking and screaming, and I was on a Yamaha spin at a piano at that time. I hated it until I realized that I was too shy to talk to girls, and maybe I could be good at piano and that would help. I don't know if it did or not, but that's another story. So yeah, I went to school, I have that business degree Computer Programming Degree and I told my mom and dad, "You know what, I'm going to play the piano for a living." I was a professional pianist for about 20 years. Not only here in my hometown of Huntington, West Virginia, but Lexington, Kentucky and then out in Los Angeles for many years. I was the guy like In the tuxedo at the Beverly Hills Country Club, you know, of course, I could play "Misty" (Ella Fitzgerald) and yes, the restroom is that way. I always use that as a joke. It was such a great way to make a living with my hands and my soul. I realized, the more I would go into an agent's office to pick up my paycheck, the more they would call me on the phone to do jobs and was like, "This is interesting." So I said, "Why don't I take that box of index cards you have of your artists?" This is really old school stuff, "And let me create a database for you." So that's how I got into the agency side of things. So I ended up becoming an agent in LA, a lot of work in the Asia Pacific market, and then learned the corporate entertainment market. We're getting to Miller Piano I just want you to know that!

Jason Skipper 3:52
Oh, you're good, you're good.

Ed B

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