"I could easily see Ed Bazel in the elite division of solo pianists. His compositions are on par with the best of the best." - Newage Music Guide
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Ed Bazel's The London Sessions – Reflections From Studio 2 is eleven romantic melodies recorded and mastered in June 2022 at Abbey Road Studio 2.
With November peeking through the doorway and the subsequent winter months ahead in the Northeast, this type of music is comforting, relaxing, and reassuring. The music does warm my soul and heart.
I hold music dear to my heart and with great respect and gratitude. Ed Bazel is a fine pianist. I had the opportunity to enjoy Homecoming nearly three years ago. It was a wonderful experience, and just as the first track, "Morning Glory," began, I knew it would be a similar journey. This is where my reference of reassurance applies once again. Familiar feelings of audio pleasures bring me great joy. The therapy of instrumental piano music with the elegance of strings and some percussion can do wonders for your attitude and well-being.
This music holds the simplicity of one instrument and its effectiveness to significant effect in every track. Although this is considered a romantic collage, the album art would also hint that the culture of England brings it all full circle when looking at the entire project and absorbing all its elements.
One of my favorites was "After The Rain," and of course, the Beatle's classics "In My Life" and "Yesterday," which are emotional tracks for me. If you are older and your children are gone, and many relatives and loved one's have passed, it hits home. I sang the words to myself as Ed's piano played them perfectly.
I heard some sadness in the piano's keys and then a flow and splendor that gave me moments to pause and find the colorful notes filled with pleasure and hence a surrender to its magnificence. It is like the silver lining in the clouds, they are always there, but you must see them and recognize the importance of the entire picture being painted right before you. You don't have to look too far to see this happening; it is rather apparent quite quickly if you feel the music's mellow approach giving hints of sadness and reflection. It is like a quiet "Evening Stroll" through your mind's eye. The music helps you paint the images within and process them all internally and externally.
Ed Bazel has painted a musical masterpiece that is both timeless and memorable. At times the simple things in life are the medicine we so desperately need in this complex, unforgiving world we live in these days. Moments to pause, reflect, and take stock of what to be grateful for can be a positive experience that will affect you and everyone around you.
This is a must-have if you enjoy beautiful instrumental music with exceptional production values! To romanticize in the music framework is commonplace; it is another thing to make it into something extraordinary, and Ed Bazel accomplishes that.
Album Review: The London Sessions by Ed Bazel
Review by Marilyn Torres
Pianist Ed Bazel delivers an inspirational and soothing collection of pieces curated to highlight the artist's mementos in life experiences.
The London Sessions: Reflections from Studio 2 opens with “Morning Glory” which feels silky under Bazel’s expert command of the piano keys. It is a piece full of possibility and joyous expectation. In the following title, “Mountain Serenity” as well as the later piece, “Mountain Joy,” I felt a particular familiarity to the theme of stillness and awe these two pieces presented since I have the blessing of going to the mountains frequently to enjoy the scenery mother nature provides.
Bazel’s sensitive interpretation of the Beatles’ “In My Life” and “Yesterday,” is a nod to the germinating musical interests of his childhood, and a recognition of the impact the “Fab Four” had on his life. It is also fitting for him to take on these songs at the revered Studio 2 in Abbey Road Studios.
I found that “Old Friends” and “After the Rain” have a touch of the Barry Manilow style of reminiscing with a melancholy twist.
Bazel’s confidence in his piano prowess is ever present in the category of quiet and soothing music especially in pieces like “Soaring” and “Daydream” (perfect background music for calming nerves).
Bazel’s involvement in the music sphere as well as his passion for adventure and discovery, permeates his work and bathes it with a sense of simple joy and gratitude. He is an artist whose style is not flashy or long-winded and yet captures the listener’s interest through the universal quality of affection for the joy of music.
~Marilyn Torres for Auralscapes
For more information, please visit Ed Bazel's website. The London Sessions is also available at Amazon, Apple Music and more.
Album Review: The London Sessions by Ed Bazel
Review by Ken Meltzer
The London Sessions: Reflections from Studio 2 spotlights pianist Ed Bazel performing his music, as well as his arrangements of two Beatles classics: In My Life and Yesterday.
The inclusion of the two Lennon/McCartney hits is both welcome and appropriate. The “Studio 2” referred to in the album’s title is part of London’s Abbey Road Studios, where The Beatles made so many of their legendary recordings. A photograph on the back of the CD jacket captures a smiling Bazel crossing the street, a reference to the iconic album cover for The Beatles’ Abbey Road.
In the biography included on Bazel’s website (edbazel.com), his compositions are described as “beautiful piano music with a soul-searching touch. His sense of melody, combined with passionate expression, make him a popular choice for listeners who want to relax and unwind.” The bio also directs readers to an online radio station founded by Bazel, “The River of Calm - Music to Soothe Your Soul™” (theriverofcalm.com).
The music on The London Sessions reflects this artistic outlook. Bazel’s compositions are melodic, lyrical, and serene. His lovely arrangements of the two Beatles songs are ideal complements. Bazel couches his melodies in keyboard writing that is admirably clear and straightforward, devoid of gratuitous flourishes, thick textures, etc. Pianist Bazel’s seamless legato, singing tone, and supple phrasing also emphasize the lyrical quality of his music. Instrumental accompaniment, featuring “String Arrangements” by Austin Hoke, provide a sensitive enhancement. If this genre of music appeals to you, The London Sessions will provide ample pleasure.
Album | Homecoming
Review by Bill Binkelman
There are so many solo piano albums these days, but sometimes one stands out as purely exemplary and Ed Bazel's Homecoming is one such album. This is your late night, needing to unwind but not without sacrificing artistry, album to go to. Sincere compositions soulfully played with subtlety and a complete avoidance of histrionics and overt showmanship, the eleven tracks on Homecoming exemplify the approach that the shortest distance between two emotional points is a straight, and sincerely emotive, line. Homecoming is one of the best solo piano recordings I have heard in the last year...'nuff said.
Album | Homecoming Review by Dyan Garris
“Refined, elegant, classy, and polished, the thoroughly enjoyable ‘Homecoming’ is IT for piano lovers everywhere. Welcome home, Ed.” — Dyan Garris
It’s that time of year for returning home. So how perfect and timely that Ed Bazel (The River of Calm) will release his album, “Homecoming” on January 15, 2021. I can already tell that the new year is going to be filled with some amazingly uplifting and beautiful music.
And it’s interesting how we may realize the true value of something only perhaps years later. In Ed’s case, he says his parents dragged him fully kicking and screaming to piano lessons for 11 years when he was growing up. Much to everyone’s surprise, he became a music business professional. And he was a full-time pianist for 20 years. After running one of the nation’s most respected corporate concert companies, Ed’s album, “Homecoming” marks a return to his beloved piano.
“Homecoming” is 11 tracks of utterly gorgeous, melodic, solo piano by Ed Bazel. Although his style is polished, precise, and distinctive, no two tracks are the same. The whole album is sweet salve to any beleaguered soul.
The album opens with “Morning Cup.” This is a wonderful, gently flowing, straightforward melody, that uplifts and soothes the spirit right away. And it remains with you nicely for a long while, warming the body and soul, like that first cup of your favorite morning beverage.
Following is “Sweet Innocence.” This has the air of the familiar and safe, just like it must feel to be coming home. To clarify, I do not mean to imply that the music is “unsophisticated.” That is not it. It is indeed – as is every song on the album – polished, refined, classy, and sophisticated, with a true elegance and easy grace that you don’t often hear. The piece is comforting. I love it.
Wistful, and reminiscent of the innocence of childhood and perhaps the happiness of a good, stable home, “I Remember” is just beautiful. The melodic structure and musical movement are both perfect and Ed’s playing is flawless. It’s another to completely love.
The title track is like a sweet lullaby to the mind, body, and spirit. This is gorgeous in every way. Excellent, and definitely one for the playlist. Ed has a real gift, not only for playing that piano, but for melodic composition. This is a favorite. And ditto for the calming “Lullaby For Life,” which follows. Easy and sweet, this is instant solace and tranquility to whatever ails you.
This album just keeps getting better and better, actually. This is not “ho hum” solo piano, by any means. “Northern Lights” is stunningly beautiful just exactly like that astronomical phenomena. Superb in ALL respects. Although, I believe you will want to get the entire album, this is a “must have.”
“Sunrise” paints a perfectly paced and played musical soundscape. I feel like we are on the beach watching that magnificent sun come up out of the horizon. And being able to paint that picture so effectively. . . that’s a real gift from a truly talented composer and piano player. Exquisite.
Tender, gentle, and dreamy, “Walk With Me” is the same. And although this piece may perhaps be about a child walking with his parents, rather than a couple walking together hand in hand, it also has a sentimental and romantic feel to it as well. Lovely.
Now, do you remember me saying the album keeps getting even better and better? This is true even as we come close to the end. “The Quiet Dream” is absolutely wonderful. It takes you to another place without even trying. “Light of My Soul” is a shining star here as well. Passionate and perfectly executed, this one will stay with you too, long after it’s over. The album has that quality about it. You do not want it to end. It’s something you’ll want to always come home to.
“Homecoming” closes out with the relaxing, flowing, “Dusk.” Ed’s gift of melodies is remarkable. And I would say that all those years of piano lessons were entirely worth it. Here, Ed lives up to his awards: The 2017 MPS Hall of Fame award: “Instrumentalist,” and the 2018 “Entertainer of the Year” award from the Nashville area Yamaha piano dealership. As well, he was recently recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments in the music industry. Not surprising. The quality and substance of this recording is outstanding.
What a joyful, truly magnificent album. For piano lovers everywhere, this is IT. Okay, Ed, you are officially HOME.
Honest heartfelt solo piano Ed Bazel – Homecoming
Review by Dick Metcalf
Honest heartfelt solo piano Ed Bazel – HOMECOMING: Having been a pianist for many years myself, I can tell you (unequivocally) that solo piano just doesn’t get more honest and heartfelt than what you’ll hear Ed performing for you on his wonderful new release. Though I didn’t find any LIVE videos on the Ed Bazel YouTube topic channel, you can listen to the entire album there…
Ed and I share some common references, too… I was born in West Virginia (Phillippi, to be specific), and it was in Huntington that Ed first began playing piano at age 5… you’ll hear how grandly he’s learned his craft since then on the 3:34 “Sweet Innocence“… Ed makes full use of his keyboard’s range, with solid left-hand lower registers and beautiful overtones from his right hand… DJ’s (of all persuasions) will be plugging this track into regular rotations, I’ve no doubt!
Though it’s a very short piece (clocking in at only 2:51), the opener, “Morning Cup“, captured my mood here in the grand new morning of my Great Northwest review studio (I call it my “Morning Calm” studio) with Ed’s intimate and soulful piano expression… and though it’s in a New Age mode, I swear I could hear a tad of his time spent in Motown – especially with the jazzy closing chord.
There’s a truly majestic quality to the 3:46 closer, “Dusk“… certainly a sense of impending nightfall and closure for a day well-spent… the piece is laden with emotion, and will bring back memories you may have thought long forgotten… if any of Ed’s songs should be considered for an award, it it this one!
If you need to relax and unwind, you’ll find no better music to do it with than Ed’s marvelous song, “I Remember“… what stands out more than anything else on this composition is his calm approach and wonderful pacing… absolutely among the most refreshing solo piano performances I’ve heard (yet) in 2021.
I give Ed a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99. Get more information on Ed’s website.
The London Sessions: Reflections from Studio 2
Review by Jonathan Widran
"All us kids who took piano lessons can relate to at least the beginning of Ed Bazel’s extraordinary musical journey, those many years when his parents forced him “kicking and screaming” to take instruction. Obviously blessed with an innate gift for performance, composition and interpretation most of us didn’t have, the latest leg of Bazel’s multi-faceted, adventurous musical and entrepreneurial life is one that usually only happens in dreams.
With two highly acclaimed previous albums, a popular online radio station (The River of Calm – Music To Soothe Your Soul) and a dynamic array of Stateside and international accolades behind him, he set out to fulfill a very important element on his vision board – following in the footsteps of the Beatles and other legends by recording in Abbey Road Studios’ famed Studio 2. Recording The London Sessions: Reflections from Studio 2 was for the multi-talented artist the musical equivalent to one of his other vision board achievements – hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro.
For obvious thematic and marketing reasons, his evolution from watching The Beatles on Ed Sullivan as a wide eyed seven year old to laying tracks on hallowed ground is definitely one of the compelling stories told on these 12 bright, eloquent and decidedly dreamy, whimsical and optimistic tracks. The back cover image even shows a somewhat impressionistic treatment of a photo of him in the famed crosswalk from the Abbey Road album cover.
His two choices of Fab Four songs to interpret are however not from that masterwork, but among the band’s best early songs generally attributed to Lennon (who wrote the lyrics to “In My Life”) and McCartney (“Yesterday”) separately. From its gossamer opening notes and occasional dancing ivory flurries to the deeper reflective energies of his warm soulful interaction with the strings, Bazel creates one of the definitive instrumental versions of “In My Life.” His similar, heartrending piano-strings take on “Yesterday” is likewise memorable, bringing out the deeper melancholy strains of McCartney’s simple but legendary lyrics of sorrowful regret.
Considering the opportunity Bazel was gifted with, the easiest thing and most commercially astute approach to take with the album is to have made it a full-on Beatles tribute. Based on those two gems, such an album (if he gets around to it) will be a magnificent contribution to the new age piano genre and the tradition of Beatles-influenced recordings. But the deeper, more impactful story of these London sessions is the fact that Bazel’s incredible ten originals stack up so perfectly and seamlessly with the Lennon/McCartney gems. In many ways, he’s exploring the themes of gratitude, love and loss inherent in those songs.
From the chipper, top o the morning sparkle and flow of “Morning Glory” to the bittersweet haunting reflection “I Will Think of You,” Bazel is all about pouring out his heart and showcasing why he is ultimately grateful his parents pushed him to play piano. Along the way, he takes us into the clouds (figuratively, yet then again, maybe literally) to experience the breathtaking feeling of “Mountain Serenity, the exuberance of “Mountain Joy” and the peaceful fulfillment of “Soaring” after our dreams. Bazel also has his feet firmly on the ground for a spirited, deeply meaningful visit with “Old Friends,” a quiet “Evening Stroll” and a visit to places in the heart where our sweetest “Daydream” can open a door to reflecting on life’s incredible and sometimes heartbreaking passages."
Ed Bazel: The London Sessions
Review by Global Heart: Esther Haasnoot
Music to Soothe Your Soul
Contemporary pianist Ed Bazel’s compositions are known as beautiful piano music with a soul-searching touch. His sense of melody, combined with passionate expression, makes him a popular choice for listeners who want to relax and unwind.
Born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia, Ed Bazel has been a pianist since he was 5 years old. He recalls at age 7 being mesmerized watching The Beatles on TV as they made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Despite having loved music his entire life, Bazel will admit that his parents for 11 years forced him “kicking and screaming” to take piano lessons; later, he credits his parents for the best gift they could have ever given him.
An Interview with Ed Bazel about his new album: “The London Sessions: Reflections from Studio 2” by Esther Haasnoot
Esther Haasnoot: Congratulations, Ed, on your beautiful new album “The London Sessions – Reflections from Studio 2”. Since The Beatles recorded most of their albums in this iconic recording studio, Abbey Road Studios has become almost a sacred cathedral in the music industry. Groundbreaking recordings were made in studio 2 by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Oasis, and Adele. Your newest album is also recorded in Abbey Road Studios – Studio 2. How does that make you feel? Did a dream come true?
Ed Bazel: Thank you, Esther – and thanks for having me here. How did it make me feel? That’s a great question. The best word I can give to this experience is – profound. Profound speaks so much better of this journey than awesome, amazing, etc.
To open my eyes and find myself in Studio 2 – the size of a basketball gym – in the back left corner where The Beatles would set up – where a tremendous amount of epic songs have been recorded by a hall of fame list of artists – with the lights low. There I was, all alone, just me, the nine-foot Steinway D concert grand, 13 microphones – and everyone else way on the other side of the studio, upstairs in the control room, behind glass. It was just me alone. And to experience me playing my thoughtful, romantic, and haunting style, compared to all the award-winning rock songs that were recorded there. The fewer notes I played as a solo pianist, the more beautiful they became as they were launched into the studio air and the well-saturated walls of Studio 2. It was like watching each note, in slow motion, fly into the air and into the room’s history. I can think of no better word than “profound” to describe my experience.
Honestly, I still can’t believe I recorded at Abbey Road. THE Abbey Road. Abbey Road has been in my life since I heard about it as a kid with The Beatles. Abbey Road Studio 2 is the epicenter of recording in my book. And Studio 2 – THE Studio 2 where The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and so many greats recorded. On the day I recorded in Studio 2, in Studio 1, a colossal orchestra was recording a Harry Potter movie score. And in Studio 3, Taylor Swift was recording.
Esther Haasnoot: Creativity can reach us in many aspects of our lives. How were you inspired to create this album? Where does the impulse to create something come from for you?
Ed Bazel: I always hear melodies in my brain, in the shower, in the gym, sleeping, etc. It’s like my life is like a walking movie soundtrack. They don’t stop, and that’s a good thing. When the melodies arrive in my head, I aim to get to my piano to work them out. For The London Sessions, I ended up with several different verses and bridge ideas in many different keys. I had over 220 of these that I culled into an album of 10 original songs and two covers from The Beatles.
Esther Haasnoot: Let’s talk a bit about your musical genes and history. Does music run in your family? How did you get started with the piano, and what or who made you want to become a musician?
Ed Bazel: I am an “accidental pianist.” My piano exposure was a clever move on my mother’s part. I was full of innocence at that age and didn’t question anything. My sister Patti was three years older and my mom, with me in tow, used to drop Patti off for her 30-minute piano lesson. One day, it dawned on my mother that if she would drop me off for a lesson also – that would equate to one hour of complete freedom from kids for my mother. This was genius on her part. And so it began – me kicking and screaming for 11 years.
Music does not run in my family – but music was always around us. My father was an industrial engineer, and my mother was a homemaker. My father had a creative soul, and his creativity came out through his hobby of woodworking. My parents always played music on the stereo – and their selections stuck with me: Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Carole King, The Beatles, and many more. Those artists and songs created a foundation for my love of music.
Esther Haasnoot: For most artists, originality is first preceded by a phase of learning and, often, imitating others. What was this like for you? How would you describe your development as an artist in terms of interests and challenges, searching for a personal voice, as well as breakthroughs?
Ed Bazel: Great question, Esther. You are right. At first when developing, I would try to emulate anything I would hear on the radio. Chicago’s “Colour My World,” Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” Roger William’s “Born Free,” and Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer.”
And becoming a full-time pianist, I learned to emulate many more. I was a human jukebox and loved Oscar Petersson, Gene Harris, George Shearing, and the list goes on and on. However, when it comes to my own style, it boils down to less flash and more melodic, romantic, thoughtful, and sometimes haunting pieces.
I love playing this way, and it honestly represents me. I love the joy of drawing out the beauty and warmth of the piano and soundboard. It is truly an intimate relationship between the living-breathing piano. I am not a performer – I truly am an instrumentalist.
Esther Haasnoot: In 2019, seeking peace in an increasingly troubled world, You founded The River of Calm – Music to Soothe Your Soul, an online music channel that today reaches listeners in over 155 countries around the world. What is the vision behind The River of Calm Channel?
Ed Bazel: The River of Calm – Music to Soothe Your Soul™ started as music to soothe my soul. The idea originated when I ran my concert booking company – The Bazel Group. It was joyous – yet stressful. At the end of the night, I would find myself at home sitting at my piano, playing the songs I used to play professionally. “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “Moonlight In Vermont,” “Over The Rainbow,” etc. Each time I would play, I would feel a sense of calm flowing through me on a molecular level. Thus the name The River of Calm. With my computer degree and radio experience, I started the online station with music from my first CD – Bella Piano. I also had my friend and pianist Eric Bikales’s solo piano pieces. Eric was Neil Sedaka’s pianist for decades.
To this day, I still have The River of Calm on at home, as it keeps me calm. I also leave it on for my dog Honey when I leave too. It turns out I am not the only one who likes calming music – as we now have listeners worldwide. In just a few years, The River of Calm has grown from two pianists and about five listeners worldwide to today featuring 237 artists and listeners in 166 countries.
Esther Haasnoot: You decided to include the song “In my life” from The Beatles on your new album. The first lines of this amazing song are:
“There are places I’ll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain”.
“All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all”.
Are there any people you look up to? If so, what qualities did or do they have that you admire?
Ed Bazel: In my life – I have met so many wonderful people around the world and can cite so many examples. However, for this interview – I want to recognize the musicians of the world. In all my years as a solo pianist and then as a successful concert agent for 30 years – I never met a person who got into music as a game plan for huge financial success. It’s not about the money. There is a calling from deep within to music – the beauty, the expression, and pull they have answered. It can be a lonely life as a musician, especially as an independent artist without a record label. There truly is something to be said for a person who dedicated their life and time to practice and refine their craft, not only for themselves but for the benefit of others who can’t.
A beautiful rendition of a classic Beatles love song. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios – Studio 2 – where The Beatles recorded it.
Esther Haasnoot: Sound and music are one of the most important medicines we have. You provided headphones with healing music to people in middle Tennessee undergoing chemotherapy treatment, and composed music for Vanderbilt’s SENSE Theatre helping autistic children and adults to find their singing voice. How do you see the connection between music, health, and science, and what do you think those three fields can reveal from each other?
Ed Bazel: I am not a scientist, but I can attest from my personal experience that music soothes my soul. It indeed comforts me! Music also is the keeper of our memories and can bring back such beautiful experiences. A prime example is the work of Alive Inside (www.aliveinside.org), a Sundance Film Festival Award Winning project that provides music in headphones to Dementia patients with amazing results. I recommend watching the documentary on YouTube. The River of Calm partners with Alive Inside to bring their proprietary headphones, with curated music from the artists on The River of Calm, to chemotherapy centers at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville. Speaking of, I volunteer time to play piano at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center waiting room. It is a study in calming, quiet music that helps soothe the anxiety of patients who are there for one of life’s surreal and stressful moments. I get so much joy when a patient walks up to me and sincerely thanks me for helping them.
SENSE Theatre – A Stage of Hope for children, adolescents, and adults with autism (www.sensetheatre.com ) is a program that pairs a typically developing child with a child on the autism spectrum in a theater production. Some of my happiest memories are seeing children in the play and on the spectrum, belting out songs I co-wrote, such as “I Am Weird & Wonderful,” with joyous abandon.
Esther Haasnoot: If you could share a golden nugget with the next generation, what would that be? What is the one thing about music you would love everyone to understand and experience?
Ed Bazel: As a musician – I have three words: Just Show Up. Show up for practice each and every day. Just show up for composing – each and every day. Even if you don’t write a hit song, laying your hands on your instrument can lead to progress. Just show up for social events where you can meet others on the same path. Show up at professional organizations where you can meet others in the same direction. I know I was too shy at first – but I did show up and became the President and Lifetime Member of two concert industry organizations. Just show up and follow a mentor. The hardest part in life is simply getting off the couch and showing up every day – to make improvements or progress of any type.
It all adds up in the end, as it did for me – from being a kicking and screaming kid taking piano lessons – to an award-winning pianist who recorded on the same footprint as The Beatles in Abbey Road Studio 2.
JUST SHOW UP
Esther Haasnoot: Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
Ed Bazel: I am so thankful that our paths have crossed on this journey. It is not by accident, but perhaps for the love and beauty that music brings each of us. Music transcends language and touches our souls. It is a pleasure to be on this journey with you. I have to go now and practice piano. At the end of each practice session – I raise my hands to the heavens above and thank my late parents for the best gift they ever gave me – the ability to play the piano. It is priceless!
About Ed Bazel:
Ed Bazel’s compositions are known as beautiful piano music with a soul-searching touch. His sense of melody and passionate expression make him a popular choice for listeners who want to relax and unwind. Studying under such greats as Jay Flippin, Lou Levy, Joe Harnell, and Clare Fischer, he has been a noted solo pianist in Los Angeles including The Beverly Hills Country Club and The Ritz-Carlton, as well as a veteran producer of corporate events for Fortune 500 companies. He was named “The Marco Polo of Modern Music” by the Los Angeles Times for groundbreaking work in China. Now based in Nashville, Tennessee, Bazel has been the recipient of Miller Piano Specialists Hall of Fame Award in the Instrumentalist category (2017), Entertainer of the Year (2018) and a Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to being a pianist, he is the founder of The River of Calm – Music to Soothe Your Soul™ – an online radio station bringing calming music to a stressed-out world.
Source: Global Heart