Brian Halpin, Pianist

As a teenager growing up in Michigan, Brian studied both piano and drums, and gravitated toward the sounds of funk, rhythm & blues, rock and jazz. While attending college at Western Michigan University, he spent time performing with local musicians and traveling throughout the Midwest and Florida, playing the current dance hits in Top-40 bands.

After graduation in 1980, Brian moved to NYC where he studied jazz piano with Hal Galper and Andy LaVerne. He soon found music work with small combos, accompanied singers and played club dates regularly while being drawn to the city’s thriving jazz scene. Branching out, Brian accompanied the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and became the house pianist at several (now-defunct) cabarets including Horn of Plenty and the Comic Strip. And he began performing at many jazz clubs, including Birdland, The Angry Squire and Arturo’s.

Since moving to NJ in 1987 to start his family, Brian has continued to perform in the NYC region with a growing number of local musicians and groups. More recently, he has appeared at area NJ venues such as Trumpets, Hat City Kitchen, Cecil’s, and Highland Place, as well as Maplewoodstock summer festival. Brian enjoys composing, arranging, mixing up musical styles and genres, and actively participating in the vibrant local music community.

Brian Halpin