song, and piano looping musician living with passion and curiosity.
Acoustic, alternative, contemporary.
Originals, and the 70's songwriters.
I am Paul Toshner. A Jewish singer songwriter and I built up my show from a pool of original pieces, live piano looping, opera lyric adaptations, and the 70's songwriter covers. I could wax lyrical about it. I'd like to first introduce you to a select few including my own works, on this page.
I should be finished my song selections by December 2023 after a run of gigs
concentrating on recording what's missing for this demonstration.
Watch this space...
more originals & covers below
CONCERT INTRODUCTION "Good evening everyone. Thank you for coming tonight. Our guest musician tonight, is Paul Toshner Known by his stage name of baby Tosh Paul is from Scotland originally. He delivers piano and vocal performances; blending jazz, classical and live looping versions of the 1970's singer songwriters (Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Bette Midlar, Leonard Cohen, Carol King, and some of the Sinatra song writers)….as well as his own compositions. Paul started life as a musician playing in an up-market shopping center in Glasgow, Scotland and local hotel piano bars, then he got to cover for a job in Denmark for a friend who couldn't make it. From there he went on to piano bars in ski resorts in Klosters and St. Moritz, Switzerland. Followed by two residencies in London West End hotel piano bars before coming to the US. He has performed in Europe and throughout the U.S. touring as a soloist. So without further ado, I'd like to introduce to you baby Tosh"
"You don’t know this but nobody leaves when you play, with the other entertainer’s people tiptoe out, with you they tiptoe in" -Phyllis Baumrind Resident, The Bristal Englewood. NY.
“Fun show and great guy! Really got everyone singing and kept the energy up. He knows his stuff...... a great stage presence, and a keen ability to interpret on the piano. He brings large energy and encourages audience feedback in each song. This is an all ages show." Joseph and Charles Fox, Fox Music House, Yamaha Charleston
“Bar sales are way up whenever Paul plays. A quality style. Please do not hesitate to contact me for a reference” -Andrew Hollett. GM Corus Hyde Park.
"Paul has been performing for a number of years in hotels in London I have been running. He is an all-round entertainer, has shown great engagement and is willing to go that extra mile." -Simon Mclaughlin. OM, Danubious Regents Park
“Check this guy out, it’s a kiddush Hashem.” Ben Shapiro, The Daily Wire“
Paul is the very embodiment of the term crooner. Knows his way round the ivories better than most, with an unbeatable repertoire of originals and classics to keep you entertained.” Alex Clare, Island Records artist
“He speaks in a distinctive Scottish accent. With a friendly, bubbly personality that lights up the room and makes everyone feel welcome.” Baltimore Jewish Times
“You will gain insight and inspiration from this important work.” Yechiel Spero, Author
"What he has done is written a lab book of his experiences for people to use and share. It makes me wish I was a performer" Nossen Sobel, Accountant London
"An instruction manual about how to do a good performance, it speaks to me. Very well written thoughtful stuff, fascinating. -Avraham Rosenblum, The Diaspora Yeshiva band
"Im glad I got to see you before I go" “I think you sound like Michael Bublay” “You’re an artist in your own right, you don’t remind me of anybody now but Paul Toshner” “You brought Sinatra back to life” "You are just incredibly creative" “More fantastic than Carnegie Hall” “You wrote most of these songs didn’t you? A very talented man you are!” “Above and beyond” “I like him the best, he’s got humor with his playing, the other ones are strait laced” “We’re not going to let you go.” “I’m a Frank Sinatra tribute act up in the North East, but your tone is just amazing” “You’re a really good frank Sinatra singer, you get his…. timing” “I think I’ve listened to that song a hundred times but that might be the first time I’ve actually heard it" “You love what you’re doing, that love comes out to all of us” “We say to hell with Bingo!” “You did a very good job with a smile, and that’s the way it is” “You were excellent, and I’m old enough to know cause I go back to Billy Eckstine and all them cats” “You sing with your whole body?” “He can play the piano thats for sure” "any song you play we've all experienced something" “Your free. Some people stick to things but your very fluid. You’re a real artist, as if u don’t know it!” “It’s my speed” "You don't know this but nobody leaves when you play, with the other entertainers people tiptoe out, with you they tiptoe in" “You are amongst those that keep the world alive”
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