Gaz Jenkins is the UK’s Ultimate Tribute to Billy Joel, featuring all of his greatest hits from Cold Spring Harbor, Piano Man, Streetlife Serenade, The Stranger, 52nd Street, Turnstiles, Glass Houses, The Nylon Curtain, An Innocent Man, The Bridge, Storm Front and River Of Dreams…
Gaz Jenkins has been working as a professional entertainer since graduating college in 1999. His career has taken him all over the UK and Europe, incorporating cruise contracts, theatre tours, weddings, and corporate engagements.
In 2016, Gaz joined the UK’s longest-running tribute show – Trevor Chance’s Legends – where he honed his skills as a host and compere. Having been a Billy Joel fan for over 30 years, it was a natural progression for him to develop a tribute to one of his childhood idols.
With his training in theatre, Gaz brings the fire and passion of the ‘Piano Man’ to the stage, along with authentic costumes and choreography that will make you believe that you’ve travelled back in time to see the Long Island boy in his prime.
The Billy Joel Tribute UK show is available in the following formats:
- 1 x 60 mins
- 1 x 45 mins
- 2 x 45 mins
- 1 x 45 mins (with additional 45 mins of Soul & Motown / Party Music)
- Tell Her About It
- My Life
- Just The Way You Are
- The Longest Time
- An Innocent Man
- She’s Always A Woman
- The River Of Dreams
- We Didn’t Start The Fire
- Uptown Girl
- Piano Man
- Big Shot
- Don’t Ask Me Why
- The Downeaster Alexa
- Easy Money
- The Entertainer
- Goodnight Saigon
- It’s Still Rock & Roll To Me
- Keeping The Faith
- Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)
- Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
- New York State Of Mind
- Only The Good Die Young
- Say Goodbye To Hollywood
- Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
- She’s Got A Way
- Sometimes A Fantasy
- The Stranger
- Summer, Highland Falls
- This Night
- You May Be Right
Gaz Jenkins Reviews
Very professional! Our guests couldn’t believe how good he was.
Gaz is bloomin’ fantastic. I first saw him at a showcase event and I was blown away by his talent. Not only is he spot on with all things Billy Joel, but he’s a really lovely chap too.
He is a brilliant singer worth going to see well worth the money I would even put in more than it says to see this person as he is so good at the Lyndene we see this guy each time he comes to the Lyndene so seriously well worth the money. So please do come .
Gaz Jenkins is one of the hardest working entertainers in the business, his forthcoming Billy Joel show will definitely be something special!!!
Saw him at coach house in humberston last night… he was excellent…my only gripe..he wasn’t on long enough
Went to the show at Andwhynot Mansfield. Wow, what a voice range replicating Billy Joel, and playing the piano. I was not surprised by the quality of the performance because he’s been a performer in the west end shows in London. I highly recommend seeing him, you will not be disappointed. One last thing, for £8.50 a ticket it’s great value for money, you can’t go wrong.
Billy Joel Himself
After dropping out of high school to pursue a musical career, Joel took part in two short-lived bands, The Hassles and Attila, before signing a record deal with Family Productions and kicking off a solo career in 1971 with his first release Cold Spring Harbor. In 1972, Joel caught the attention of Columbia Records after a live radio performance of the song “Captain Jack” became popular in Philadelphia, prompting him to sign a new record deal with the company and release his second album, Piano Man, in 1973.
After releasing the albums Streetlife Serenade and Turnstiles in 1974 and 1976 respectively, Joel released his critical and commercial breakthrough album, The Stranger, in 1977. This album became Columbia’s best-selling release, selling over 10 million copies and spawning several hit singles, including “Just the Way You Are“, “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)“, “Only the Good Die Young“, and “She’s Always a Woman“; another song on this album, “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant“, is Joel’s favorite of his own songs and has become a staple of his live shows.
Joel’s next album, 52nd Street, was released in 1978 and became his first album to peak at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Joel released his seventh studio album, Glass Houses, in 1980 in an attempt to further establish himself as a rock artist; this release featured “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” (Joel’s first single to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart), “You May Be Right“, “Don’t Ask Me Why“, and “Sometimes a Fantasy“.
His next album, The Nylon Curtain, was released in 1982, and stemmed from a desire from Joel to create more lyrically and melodically ambitious music. An Innocent Man, released in 1983, served as an homage to genres of music which Joel had grown up with in the 1950s, such as rhythm and blues and doo-wop; this release featured “Uptown Girl” and “The Longest Time“, two of his best-known songs. After releasing the albums The Bridge and Storm Front in 1986 and 1989 respectively, Joel released his twelfth studio album, River of Dreams, in 1993.
He went on to release Fantasies and Delusions, a 2001 album featuring classical compositions composed by Joel and performed by British-Korean pianist Richard Hyung-ki Joo. Joel provided voiceover work in 1988 for the Disney animated film Oliver & Company, in which he played the character Dodger with his song, “Why Should I Worry?”, and contributed to the soundtracks to several different films, including Easy Money, Ruthless People, and Honeymoon in Vegas.
Across the 20 years of his solo career, Joel produced 33 top 40 hits in the U.S., all of which he wrote himself, and three of which (“It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me“, “Tell Her About It“, and “We Didn’t Start the Fire“) peaked at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Joel has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards, winning five of them, including Album of the Year for 52nd Street. Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006).
In 2001, Joel received the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2013, Joel received the Kennedy Center Honors for influencing American culture through the arts. Since the advent of his solo career, Joel has held a successful touring career, holding live performances across the globe in which he sings several of his written songs. In 1987, he became one of the first artists to hold a rock tour in the Soviet Union following the country’s alleviation of the ban on rock music. Despite largely retiring from writing and releasing pop music following the release of River of Dreams, he continues to tour; he frequently performs at Madison Square Garden. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Joel Thankyou to Wikipedia
If you wish to check out more Tribute Bands please go to https://m8entertainments.com/category/popular-music-bands/tribute-bands/