Doug Montgomery and His Music: A Master Storyteller on 88 Keys
– by Lucinda Sue Crosby
Doug Montgomery is the entertainment jewel of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has been called “gifted,” “best in the world at what he does” and “the finest pianist” by mega fans like champion sportsman Arnold Palmer, Grammy winner Susan Graham and Broadway luminary Michael Feinstein. From Chopin to Standards, Bach to Broadway, the Beatles and Michael Buble’, Doug shines with his ability to capture a song’s soul and his inspired lyrical interpretations.
Born and raised in Chicago, this engaging artist walked into a music class at age 10 and fell hopelessly in love with a baby grand piano and the thousand different ways it could communicate. A Bachelor’s degree in music from Northwestern University and a Masters from iconic Juilliard were quickly followed by a slew of prestigious awards.
And then his real education began.
With classical concerts scheduled farther apart than he wished, Doug began appearing at piano bars, where his classical/pop/American songbook repertoire expanded rapidly in direct ratio to his reputation. In short order, he could play the soundtrack of anyone’s life – in their key! – while displaying an uncanny skill for remembering his best customer’s names and favorite songs even years later. He also became adept at both improvisational riff and seamlessly weaving disparate songs together in on-the-spot arrangements, his fingers flying or easing across the keyboard. By the time he landed at Vanessie of Santa Fe in 1982, Doug was considered a superb saloon piano player …and was proud of it.
In decades since, Doug’s fame has spread internationally via cruise ship engagements and 25 years in Indian Wells, California as well as concerts throughout the US and performances for American Presidents, Ambassadors and Heads of State. If you are in the market for a world-class entertainment experience with a man who can evoke your personal history through the most significant musical moments of your life, visit Santa Fe, New Mexico, drop by Vanessie and enjoy the premier melodic storyteller of our time: Doug Montgomery. He needs to be heard to be believed!