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Sitting in with Former Piano Student and Present Day Rock Star, Gavin DeGraw.

I used to live in the Catskill Mountains. That’s where I first met Gavin when he was a high school student. I believe he was seventeen at the time. He was looking for a piano teacher and I was teaching at the time. He played me some songs he was working on and they were pretty good for a seventeen year old. What really impressed me was his singing. I was blown away and told his parents that he was definitely going to make it in the music business. And I didn’t say that lightly. He was that good as a singer.

So, I believe we worked together for about a year and then he went off to Ithaca College. Before the end of the year, Gavin came home and I gave him a few more lessons. He played some of the songs he was working on and they had come a long way from the first songs he had played for me. I told him he might want to try Berklee College of Music. He decided to give Berklee a go. He ended up coming back home after one semester, if I remember correctly. He then played me some of his new songs and they were really good. I said to him, “Gavin, I want to play with you.” So, we ended up playing a bunch of gigs at a local pub with me playing solos on the Melodica. It was a lot of fun and he kept getting better at performing.

Gavin decided to move to NYC. He started playing gigs there and I remember going down and playing a showcase gig with him at “The Bitter End” on Bleeker Street. From there he ended up getting management, a publishing deal and a record deal. His first record went platinum.

We lost touch for a while, but I had his phone number and from time to time we would text back and forth. Recently, I heard he was coming to Flagstaff and I texted him and invited him to Sedona. Unfortunately, his schedule was jammed doing one nighters. I asked him if he could get Christine and me into the show and maybe get us backstage passes. I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen, but Christine and I went up to Flagstaff to the Pepsi Amphitheater anyway. Sure enough, we got to the ticket booth and there was an envelope with two VIP tickets and backstage passes.

We went in and went backstage, but Gavin wasn’t expected in for a while. So, we hung out backstage and Gavin rolled in with his tricked out Mercedes RV and Airstream rig that he put together for this tour. He texted me asking where I was and we got together. It was the first time seeing him in maybe twenty years. It was really nice to see him again. We hung out until about five minutes before the show and then he went out to perform to a packed house.

Christine and I were sitting on stage right watching the show. It was just Gavin on keys, a guitar playing/bass playing singing guy and a drummer. They sounded great and tight. At one point in the show, I was uploading a picture of Gavin to Instagram, when it got quiet and the spotlight was on me. I looked up and Gavin was pointing to me and waving me over. He was telling the crowd that I was his piano teacher back in the day. I came up and the band was already vamping. I sat down and took a solo. It was so much fun!

Gavin had a “meet and greet” after the show, but we were able to take some photos with him. He was really grateful for all the support I had given him when he was just starting out. I was really surprised with how appreciative he was about those days. I wasn’t in the best of places back then and my memory of a lot of things was suspect, to say the least.

I am so proud of the career that Gavin has carved out for himself. He is most definitely a “Rock Star” in my books. He put out an hour and twenty minutes of high energy music. He sang and played his ass off. His fans loved him. He is a gifted singer, songwriter and performer. Keep it up Gavin!

Two videos of sitting in with Gavin. The first was shot by Christine from stage right. The second and shorter video was shot by a fan in the audience. It’s fun to see Gavin’s expressions while I’m playing.

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Gavin DeGraw live in concert Flagstaff, AZ

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Ticket and backstage pass

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Gavin performing

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Sitting in

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Sitting in 2

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Selfie

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Selfie 2 – too much fun

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Christine, Gavin, Louis

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Piano Haven Concert Series – August 26th

On Saturday, August 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., in Sedona, AZ, I will be the featured artist at Piano Haven Concert Series. 

There will also be guest appearances by my friends and fellow Whisperings Artists, Joe BongiornoAmy Janelle and Zachary Bruno.

This will be a CD release concert for my album entitled Solo Piano Fantasies. There is a suggested donation 0f $20 and it is necessary to make a seat request at the Piano Haven website.

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November News 2017

Happy Fall!🍁Happy Halloween!🎃
Christine and I took a
little trip to Winslow, AZ
No, that’s not Christine! That’s
a Jackson Browne statue. 😎

All press is good press,
especially good press.
Music In His Soul” by
Shea Stansfield  

Peaceful Solo Piano Christmas 2
officially releases on Nov. 12th.
Please support the pre-release.


CDs available here

See all Peaceful Christmas 2
sheet music here

sheet music ebook – $20
order here

hard copy book – $30
order here

CONCERT DATES

Friday, November 10th
Sedona, AZ 
Solo Piano Concert featuring Joe Yamada,
Joe Bongiorno and Amy Janelle. I will be
making a short guest appearance.
Suggested donation $20. RSVP here 

Friday, November 10th
Fort Wayne, IN 
Private VIP concert/party
for glass artist Peter Bremers‘ opening
“Looking Beyond the Mirror”
at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Thursday, November 16th
Sedona, AZ 
This solo piano concert is a benefit for
Big Park Community School and will support
the emerging International Baccalaureate
program. Featuring Joe Bongiorno,
Amy Janelle, and Louis Landon.
Tickets are $25 in advance $30 at the door.
at the Collective, Vista Hall
7000 St. Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86351
Tickets are $25 advance, $30 at the door
Buy tickets online You can also get tickets
directly by emailing me. 

LINKS

Check Tour Dates
for complete listing of performances if you are
looking to book me and need to know availability.

To sample and buy SHEET MUSIC.
To sample and buy CDs.
To buy CD DOWNLOADS.
You can also download music at:
iTunes – Amazon – CDBaby.
Create a Louis Landon station on Pandora.
Follow me on Spotify and create
a Louis Landon playlist.
Be a fan and “like” my fan page on Facebook.
Follow me on Twitter

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A Big Thank You!

Final Northwest Healing Thank You

The Northwest Healing Tour 2017 was an outstanding success in so many ways.  We are so grateful for all of the open hearted generosity, love and support. 

Special thanks are in order to the following people: Christine Cole, Elaine Paterson, Jonathan Beals, Karen Stein, Simon Phillips, Aida Liang, David Collins, Alan James, Eve Johnson, Bruce Kellogg, Jennifer Molton, Colin Hillstrom, Laura and Mik Madsen, Rhonda and Howard Mackert, Joyce Hawkins, Ryan Crossette, Jay Lynne Kimbal. Ann Fulghum-Trammel, Julie Ann Kimbal Cockburn, Chuck Cockburn, Debra Richardson, Neil Patton, Laura Dubois, Chandra Bigelow, Ellen Siegel, Ed Sussman, Harriet Siegel, Kathy Parsons, Carol, Kristi and Mike Strickland, Serni Solidarios, Dave Cross, Kelsey Lee Keogh and the Keogh family.  

Christine and I were out for just shy of three weeks and working sixteen events. We loved every minute of it. Usually, when we go out on tour, as we approach the last few days, we start feeling road weary. That did not happen on this tour. We received so much positive energy back from the people that we came in contact with. This tour exceeded any expectations that we could have imagined. 

We would also like to thank all of the people who came out to support live music! Without your participation, appreciation and support, touring would not be possible.

We hope that we will be able to come back to the Northwest next fall for encore performances and more good times. 

Thank you all for helping me to live my mission(s) and do what I love: compose, perform, teach, inspire, assist people in healing themselves through music, and helping create a more peaceful world. 

love peace joy gratitude~

Louis

 

 

 

 

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So Far, So Good

We are currently chilling out with friends in Delta, BC on our day first day off of the tour.  We’re four concerts in with twelve more to go. We will be traveling back to Victoria tomorrow and then on to Gig Harbor the next day. They are traveling days, but they are also days off. Two more ferry rides, which we really enjoy.

 

 

 

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Northwest Healing Tour 2017

Friday,  September 15th
VICTORIA, BC – 7:00 p.m.

 
House Concert presented
by Elaine Paterson.
Tickets $21 USD
available online only.
Limited seating
Doors open at 6pm
Refreshments provided.
4518 Tanglewood Crescent, Victoria

Saturday,  September 16th
VICTORIA, BC – 1:30 p.m
.
Tom Lee Music This is a free concert.
2401D Millstream Road, Unit #105,
Victoria, BC call 250-383-5222
to reserve your seat.

Sunday, September 17th
VANCOUVER, BC – 
11:00 a.m.
Unity of Vancouver
Playing selections for the Sunday service.
5840 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC. V6M 2V9.

Sunday, September 17th
VANCOUVER, BC – 2:00 p.m.

Tom Lee Music
This is a free Master Class and concert.
728 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Call 604-685-8471 to reserve your seat
or go online here

Sunday, September 17th
VANCOUVER, BC – 7:30 p.m.

Solo Piano Concert
This is a private concert.
RSVP online here
For more information contact
Colin Hillstrom at: 604-780-0686

Friday, September 22nd
SPOKANE, WA – 7:00 p.m.


Solo Piano Concert This is a free concert.
RSVP by calling 509-327-4266.
Steinway PIano Gallery of Spokane
13418 Nora Ave. Spokane, WA

Saturday, September 23rd
WENATCHEE, WA – 3:30 p.m. 


Solo Piano House Concert
$20 suggested donation.
RSVP Jay Lynne by calling
509.669.1566 or by email.

Sunday, September 24th
GREENBANK, WA – 4:00 p.m. 


Solo Piano Concert
This is a private house concert.
Buy tickets online at
Brown Paper Tickets 
or call 800-838-3006 
For more information 
email Debra 

Sunday, September 26th
EUGENE, OR – 7:00 p.m. 


Master Class in Improvisation
Demonstration/Lecture
Tickets are $15 adults/10 students
Buy tickets
Wednesday, September 27th
EUGENE, OR – 7:15 p.m. 

Solo Piano Concert 
This is a private concert. 
If you have interest in attending
email me.ThursdaySeptember 28th
EUGENE, OR – 3:15 p.m. 
This is a private concert. 

ThursdaySeptember 28th
FLORENCE, OR – 7:00 p.m.
 

Solo Piano Concert 
Suggested Donation $15 
Reservations are required by calling
Kathy Parsons at 541.999.9720 
or by email.

FridaySeptember 29th
McMINVILLE, OR – 7:00 p.m. 

Solo Piano Concert With Mike Strickland.
This is a private concert. 
If you have interest in attending
email me.

Saturday, September 30th
GIG HARBOR, WA – 7:00 p.m. 


Solo Piano Concert With Rhonda Mackert.
$20 suggested donation
This is a private concert.
Email
Rhonda to RSVP

Sunday, October 1st
TACOMA, WA – 10:00 a.m 
Solo Piano Concert
Unity of South Sound

710 S. Anderson St.,
Tacoma 253-517-3883.

Sunday, October 1st
BELLEVUE, WA – 4:00 p.m

Solo Piano Concert with Kelsey Lee Keogh
Resonance at Soma Towers
288 106th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA
Advance tickets are $20 general
$15 Students and seniors
Tickets are $25/$20 at the door.
Buy tickets online.

or call 800.836.3006
For more info call 425.686.5626
or email

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February News and Dates

Even though this is titled February News and Dates, most of the news here is going to be old news.  My original intention was to blog about my January Bay Area/LA Medium Tour for Peace. Wasn’t able to stay on top of that. Did put a lot of tweets out there if you were following me on twitter.

Here’s a recap: landed in SF airport a day before my San Rafael concert. Stayed at my friend Richard’s house in San Rafael. It was so great to see him where he lives. He’s always coming to New York. On Friday he was away most of the day and I got to enjoy his wonderful house which is located on a canal. You can find photos here.

A friend of mine from NY, Jill, picked me up from Richard’s and I went back to Joel and Jill’s. They invited some other friends that I had known in New York and we had a really nice pre concert little get together. Really nice. Joel drove me out to the concert because I had to be there early to set up.

Richard helped me with the concert bigtime. When I’m doing a concert alone, especially when there are refreshments involved, it’s a real scramble. Have to get everything set-up and collect tickets at the door. Richard was on top of it and it made my concert so much more enjoyable. The turnout was okay. Not great. I knew almost everyone who was in the audience, and that was great. I was playing on what I thought was a 9 foot Grotrian piano. But in looking back at their inventory at J-B Pianos, it might have been 7 1/2 feet. 7 1/2 feet would explain why the low end was not what I thought a 9 foot piano should have. I did enjoy playing it, but I have been spoiled lately by some the amazing pianos that I have been so fortunate to play.  Hung out after the gig for a little while.

Stayed at Joel and Jill’s house Friday night and had one more verification, that I am no longer allergic to cats. You can see photos of their house here. (look at the second and third rows down)

From there I was picked up by my cousin Helm and his wife, Sawako.  (I missed their wedding because of work grr…) We went up to meet with another friend from NY, Paul. We went hiking up near Mt. Tamalpais.  The weather was outstanding. It was crystal clear blue skies and in the upper 60’s. After our hike, Helm and Sawako took me back via a beautiful park where I took this picture of the Golden Gate bridge around sunset with the full moon rising over her bay.

Helm, Sawako, and I worked up quite an appetite hiking, so they took me out to this amazing Burmese restaurant called “Burma Superstar.” We were very lucky because Helm and Sawako had a special number to call otherwise it would have been a 2 hour wait on Saturday night. It would have been worth the 2 hour wait, but I’m glad we only waited about 15 minutes. Stayed with Helm and Sawako Saturday night and verified, once and for all, that I am no long allergic to cats. I grew out of it. Yay! So happy to not have to avoid houses with cats anymore. Guess it’s not all bad getting old. hehe ahem, getting older.

The next day was yet another clear blue skies beautiful day. So lucky. Sawako went out for her run, and Helm and I went out after for a jog/walk along the Bay. So beautiful!! Then Helm drove me over to Oakland where we had a quick lunch before my concert at Chapel of the Chimes with Joe Bongiorno, Scott D. Davis, and special guest star Jeff Oster. This concert was amazing. Really nice Steinway B and a very nice vibe. Playing with Joe and Scott was really nice and being able to do a little jam thing at the end with Jeff Oster was so much fun.

Helm was gracious enough to stay and drive me back to San Francisco where we met up with Richard again, my cousin Judith, Sawako, and their friends. We ate at Cafe Gratitude, a raw food restaurant. Richard and I liked it in San Rafael so much we ate lunch and dinner there. And here we were enjoying it again. Great food and company.

From there we headed straight for my Whisperings concert with Joe Bongiorno and Steven Cravis. For those who are uninitiated, Whisperings is and internet radio station that was created by David Nevue. We had a great time playing at the Community Music Center in the mission district of San Francisco. Here’s a picture of three happy Whisperings artists after concert.

The morning had to get to work, but dropped me at BART to get to the airport. It was a snap. Never was on BART before. When I lived in Oakland in the 70’s, BART was just being worked on. Flew down to LA, and went straight over to see my folks in the San Fernando Valley.

That night I had a concert with Joe Bongiorno and Joseph Akins at Brand Recital Hall. It was great to play and meet Joseph, but the turnout in Glendale was pretty light. I spoke to a good friend who lives in LA and she said, that’s just LA. It’s rough to get anyone to come out. I think it’s also the sign of the times. It is definitely more difficult now. Anyway, my folks and brother got to hear me do my solo piano thing for the first time, so that was cool.

On Tuesday afternoon I dropped by to see Ben Dowling, another Whisperings artist who lives close to where my folks live. He played my some tracks he was working on. Smokin stuff.

Spent time with my fam on Wednesday afternoon. Took them all out to dinner at a great Italian restaurant. Then I went to play my gig at the Center for Spiritual Living in Westlake. My very good old buddy from LA came and I was really happy about that. Did my solo piano thing on a nice keyboard. Would have been nice if it was an acoustic grand, but hey, it was a gig on a Wednesday. Not going to complain.

On Thursday morning I headed down to the NAMM show in Anaheim where a bunch of Whisperings artists were getting together to check out new gear. Joe Bongiorno and I were bunking together at the Comfort Inn close by the convention center.
Joe brought a keyboard to the room, which was cool. Did some playing for Gary Garritan who has the Garritan Steinway library. I enjoyed playing on it. Played for him as demo guy for about an hour. I still have to hit him up for the library. I liked the way it sounded. Still doesn’t replace the real thing.

Hung out with Joe Bongiorno and then met up with David Nevue, Michele McLaughlin, Joseph Akins, and Gary Girourd. We all went out to a Red Robin hehe for dinner. Gary had biz to attend to so he couldn’t be there. I have the best time whenever i get together with other Whisperings artists. You really should consider coming to the NAMM show or some place where Whisperings artists get together. It’s always a great hang with stimulating conversation and fun times. It’s pretty magical. Check out all the NAMM photos.

On Friday, I took it kind of easy at the show. I was hired to play for an hour at the Samick Piano booth, but that ended up being kind of a dud. I left early to get my energy together for my final concert of the tour at Soul at Home in Tustin, about 15 minutes away from Anaheim. This was my return engagement and it ended up being my best concert of my Bay Area/LA Medium Tour for Peace. I was very relaxed and the piano and the room and the people who came to see me, it was the perfect storm for a great concert. Started with an Improv for Peace and played a few things from my upcoming CD as well as music from my other two solo piano CDs. I received my second standing ovation that I have ever gotten and it was the perfect way to wrap up my tour.

On Saturday morning I got up really early and headed back to New York. I had to drive my daughter to her college the next day and needed to be in by Saturday night. I was sorry to leave. The Whisperings gang was going to play Soul at Home on Saturday night and I would have loved to have been there. But, family called, and family comes first.

I love touring. Seeing family and friends and playing concerts was the best. Oh, and did I mention that there were blue skies and 80 degree temps every day that I was there while there were single digits and snow in New York? Not too shabby. If you’re reading this, you’re a true fan, friend, or family member. Thanks for your interest.
love and peace always and everywhere~
LL

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