Baby Tosh 😁
New York, Washington, Nashville, Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, London
My name is Paul Avrohom Toshner (Baby Tosh)
Dads nickname was Tosh…
In terms of my journey in my song pool selections I gravitated through no coincidence to the
Jewish songwriters, including many who wrote for Sinatra. I can almost tell when a song was written by a Yid. I don’t play Jewish music per say but perform live looping piano vocal
interpretations and sing alongs of the many 1970’s & 1980's NY ones, see lists on my web site.
What I feel are my most important accomplishments however as an artist are perhaps not what you want to hear. But perhaps they are. I have developed over the years systems for running every bespoke show to accommodate a necessary variety in style and content. It pools from a set of sources dependent on the situation and affords a balance of the artistic, as well as entertainment. My equipment also has been refined to provide for a deeply intimate un compromised platform for as best an experience for all. Taken totally for granted but sorely missed if missing.
I have had residencies and performed all over the world. My choice to come to America was because all the US tourists really knew my repertoire and had a deeper warmer appreciation than anyone else. Many stories to hi-light.
The best thing anyone ever said was “I think I’ve listened to that song a hundred times but thats the first time I’ve ever actually heard it”.
I write songs too that are BH’ received and sung along with, see on the web site.
I love a sweet and juicy grand piano and am always surprised how it has a wizardry to it. I love my RC300 live looping pedal, and some honky tonk and boogy playing.
But in the end to feel useful, to offer something that people long for, that is simply marvelous BH’
Your humbled servant and entertainer
Thank you for listening
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"
I 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 I went on to piano bars in ski resorts in Klosters and St. Moritz, Switzerland. Followed by residencies in London West End hotel piano bars. And now touring as a solo concert artist. I also travel across the U.S. to put on a concert / clinic in piano shop recital halls. I delivers a combined concert / demystifying workshop covering; • instrument choice • voice understanding • songwriting • and performance.
My piano / music influences include: Keith Jarrett, Billy Joel, Mahler
My singing influences include: Frank Sinatra, Pavarotti, Elton John
My songwriting influences include Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Dorothy Parker, and of course The Beatles
and all the story songs:
Hotel California, Tangled Up in Blue, Shelter From the Storm, The Wind Beneath My Wings,
The Gambler, Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man, Jailhouse Rock, Mr Bojangles, My Way, One For the Road, When I'm 64,
Norwegian Wood, My Life, A Day in The Life, The Fool On The Hill, Goodnight Saigon, Piano Man,
I Go To Extremes, Scenes from an Italian Restaurant, Minnie The Moocher, Mary Poppins, Suzanne
DANUBIOUS REGENTS PARK LONDON
"Paul has been performing for a number of years in various 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 for customers and you as a client."
Operations Manager, 2014
Danubious Regents Park London
He speaks in a distinctive Scottish accent and sings as though he’s auditioning for a place in the Rat Pack.
He’s Paul Avrom Toshner.
A classically trained and jazz singer, Paul lives in Pikesville but was born and raised in the city of Glasgow. His professional career began in the Danish city of Aarhus, when an acquaintance asked him to cover his gig as a performer in a hotel for a month. From there, an agent got him jobs playing at the bars of Swiss ski resorts. He went on to take his performances all over the United Kingdom, including London, Manchester, Blackpool and, of course, his native Scotland.
In the course of his adventures, Paul eventually crossed paths with a Dr. Tan Sri Khoo, he says. A major shareholder and chairman of a British textile company, Khoo became his major patron and pushed him into the musical genre that would become his staple.
Khoo happened to be a great fan of Sinatra. He said he finds American audiences enthusiastic about his repertoire in general — which is what influenced him to relocate to the US three years ago.
“[The British] were great, they’d say, ‘Oh, it’s great, mate. Do you want a drink? Can you play Wonderwall by Oasis?’ But the Americans would be like, ‘Hey, man. Do you know Bob Dylan? Here’s 20 pounds.’ They would tip,” he explains. The fact that American audiences seemed more emotionally invested in his performances helped to sway him as well.
With a friendly, bubbly personality that lights up the room and makes everyone feel welcome, Paul is known for his distinctly off-beat style and an almost mystical relationship with his music.
“The very embodiment of the term Crooner. Knows his way round the ivories better than most, with an unbeatable repertoire of originals Classics to keep you entertained."
Island Records artist
AT MCDONALDS BRENT CROSS LONDON
Westfield shopping centre Shepherd's bush London.
With Dr Khoo and his wife as he picked me up for what was to be a three year stint at The Corus Hyde Park.
WITH MESOUD ON GUITAR IN LONDON
"Paul's songs are alive, you have to live with them.
Pinny also sets the standard, when it comes to camaraderie, and healthy artistic sharing."
Portrait artist and Bass player New York City
CORUS HYDE PARK LONDON
“Bar sales are way up whenever Paul plays. Please do not hesitate to contact me for a reference ”
Andrew Hollett GM
at the time PAUL was resident entertainer
four hours a night for nights a week for three years.
now GM at Kettering Park Hotel & Spa
T: 01536 416666
AT THE CORUS HYDE PARK LONDON
The Crystal, St Moritz
The Chesa Grischuna Klosters
Klosters private function
Bastille Taverne Glasgow with Rich on drums
Café des Art's with the Davidoff trio Basil
Princess Square Glasgow
Brightview White Marsh Baltimore