Jordan Kaplan Music and Entertainment
We provide live music for private and public events throughout Long Island, NYC and its surrounding areas. Specializing in top 40 popular covers from all decades, Jordan Kaplan brings over 30 years of experience and provides professional, courteous service custom made for your special event. His band GiftBox creates an exciting and enjoyable atmosphere where your guests will dance and sing along with the music. Live music can be customized for your specific needs, from soloist piano or guitar with vocals, to duets, trios and up to nine pieces or more. GiftBox performs all customary ethnic, religious and group dance music. They perform at weddings, ceremonies, cocktail hours, restaurants, private parties, bars, catering halls, anniversaries, birthday parties and all places where live music will add to your special occasion. Jordan Kaplan is fluent in English and Spanish, and teaches both piano and Spanish to children and adults of all ages.
JORDAN KAPLAN PIANO MAN
.Jordan Kaplan Piano Man performs live music customized for your specific needs, from solo piano,solo piano with vocals, or in duet or trio with other talented musicians and singers.
Some examples of type of performances include: weddings/ wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, restaurants, private parties, bars, catering halls, anniversaries, birthday parties and any place where live music will enhance your very special occasion.
Jordan’s soulful vocals and dynamic keyboard and piano playing continue to add the perfect ambiance to any location or event. Jordan has amassed a following as a regular entertainer throughout Long Island, performing as Jordan Kaplan Piano Man. Whether it is background music or a lively sing-a-long, the audience and crowd give rave reviews. Often joined by other talented vocalists and musicians at his gigs, Jordan continues to draw attention and enthusiasm from audiences wherever he appears.
To have Jordan Kaplan Music and Entertainment, GiftBox, and/or Jordan Kaplan Piano Man perform at your event, venue or occasion, contact us and we will respond to you promptly. CLICK FOR MORE
Jordan KaplanKeyboards, Vocal
.When Brooklyn, New York, native Jordan Kaplan began playing piano by ear at the young age of 8, he did not need any prompting by his mom, a classical pianist herself. CLICK FOR MORE
When Brooklyn, New York, native Jordan Kaplan began playing piano by ear at the young age of 8, he did not need any prompting by his mom, a classical pianist herself. He began his professional career by entertaining brunch goers at the Kitty Hawk restaurant in midtown Manhattan at the age of 12. When he was a child, his family moved to Merrick, Long Island. He was inspired by the song writing of local recording and story telling legends like Billy Joel and Harry Chapin. Jordan decided to pursue a music career by the time he was 15 years old. He played the lead in various high school musicals and dramas.
In 1981, Jordan performed in musicals with the Hempstead Repertory Theatre and the Long Island Theater company. He also played prominent roles in various college and community musical theater productions over the next 4 years.
In 1985, at the age of 21, Jordan recorded a solo album entitled “Hey Kid,” which produced the regional hit song “Going Back to Boston.” The album received critical acclaim and received substantial radio play in the Boston area. You can hear his original music playing on the home page of this website.
Jordan pioneered his college radio station, WBCR, doing DJ and production work, while honing his keyboard skills with his Boston-based group “The New Tabooz.” After moving back home to New York in 1986, he joined the popular metro area & Long Island wedding band “A Touch of Class.”
Jordan then joined an extremely talented Astoria-based group known as “The Soft Touch Orchestra,” playing at hundreds of dances and weddings at American Legion, VFW, Masonic and catering halls across Long Island and Queens, from 1988 to 1995.
Jordan has stuck to his roots, keeping his hand in rock & roll, playing with his Long Island wedding and party band “GiftBox” at literally hundreds of gigs since 1995. In 2008, GiftBox had the honor and privilege of accompanying international recording star/singer/songwriter/playwright Rupert Holmes, while he sang his world famous Escape (The Pina Colada) song at a wedding in Scarlsdale, NY.
Jordan Kaplan was honored in 2012 and appointed Grand Organist of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in the State of New York.
.Lori Weber's grandmother claimed that she sang the words to ``Sunrise Sunset`` at 10 months old. Luckily for the thousands of audiences she has entertained over the years, she hasn't stopped since. CLICK FOR MORE
Lori Weber’s grandmother claimed that she sang the words to “Sunrise Sunset” at 10 months old. Luckily for the thousands of audiences she has entertained over the years, she hasn’t stopped since. Before earning a BS in Music Therapy at SUNY Fredonia, she studied flute, organ, piano and guitar. Returning to New York after college, she established herself as a respected therapist and a gifted vocalist for music organizations including Primetime, The Lou Saxon Orchestra and, more than 15 years ago, GiftBox. Equally skilled in virtually all genres, and an in-the-pocket percussionist as well, Lori serves as a choral director for a seniors chorus and teaches voice, piano and guitar privately in addition to her ongoing work in the music therapy field. Lori, who received her Masters in Music Therapy from New York University, lives in Westchester with her husband and two sons.
ARNIE KARRKeyboards, Accordian
IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DEAR FRIEND ARNIEArnie Karr has been playing keyboards, beginning with the accordion, since he was 7 years old and has been a regular presence on the Long Island music scene for most of that time. Sadly we lost Arnie on Nov. 6th, 2015. CLICK FOR MORE
Arnie Karr has been playing keyboards, beginning with the accordion, since he was 7 years old and has been a regular presence on the Long Island music scene for most of that time. A veteran of everything from garage to wedding bands, Arnie, an editor at the prestigious fashion trade publication Women’s Wear Daily during the day, was previously the keyboardist and musical director of J. Frank Wilson’s Cavaliers and continues to perform with such well-known oldies acts as The Chaperones, Time Was and Piece of the Rock. A part-time journalism professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, he lives in Merrick, NY, with his wife Rhea and son Dan and is a voracious consumer of biographies and documentaries about musical artists, composers, producers and executives. He first appeared with GiftBox nearly 20 years ago. Sadly, we lost Arnie on November 6th, 2015. His legacy lives on through his talent and our music.
Tom RizzacasaTom Rizzacasa began playing bass when he was 12 years old, and his music activities have been reverberating throughout the Northeast ever since. CLICK FOR MORE
Tom Rizzacasa began playing bass when he was 12 years old, and his music activities have been reverberating throughout the Northeast ever since. Originally focused on jazz, his multi-instrumental and composing abilities have made him an in-demand musician on both the studio and live performance scenes. His repertoire today spans from big band and standards to hip-hop and punk. A resident of Astoria, Queens, Tom’s day job is as a research analyst at The Conference Board.
.David Newman has been playing guitar and singing since his days in elementary school and, in his own words, ``kept on going in high school, playing all genres in bands with some crazy silly names.`` CLICK FOR MORE
David Newman has been playing guitar and singing since his days in elementary school and, in his own words, “kept on going in high school, playing all genres in bands with some crazy silly names.” He has performed and recorded throughout the New York metropolitan area and the Southeast and has been with GiftBox since its inception. David’s work with the band, combined with his day job in manufacturing, help him indulge his love of guitars and assorted instruments, accessories and other musical gear. He loves to perform magic and considers being in front of an audience and seeing them have a good time one of life’s great pleasures.
.Phil Sala began playing drums at the age of 7 and was immediately ``hooked.`` CLICK FOR MORE
Phil Sala began playing drums at the age of 7 and was immediately “hooked.” A veteran of the Lindenhurst Marching Band during his high school days in the mid-1980s, he has provided the rhythm for Three Chord Monty for nearly 30 years and the group continues to help raise money for breast cancer awareness. Phil joined The Chaperones in 2000 and was with the group when it opened for the legendary Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge in Atlantic City. Phil first worked with GiftBox over 10 years ago and says he has treasured the experience, “especially helping people make their special events extra special and something they will always cherish.”