Randy Waldman

About

In terms of its sound quality, Waldman offered the following. “The PM40 delivers even, natural sound across the entire range of the instrument, and since I can close the lid, there’s considerably less of the usual bleed from other instruments on stage. Equally noteworthy, I never have to worry about the mics falling into the piano. I also get plenty of positive feedback from the sound crews when they hear the system for the first time. Their comments are almost always the same, ‘You can hear the entire piano keyboard evenly.’ The PM40 is a really well thought out system for piano miking.” -Randy Waldman on the PM40 PianoMic™ System.

Beginning at the age of 5 Randy’s future was already set in stone. While all the other children his age were out playing baseball, running around and doing what kids do at that age, .Randy was sitting at the piano. From the minute he woke up in the morning, when he came home for lunch, and from the time he came home from school, he did nothing but sit at the piano and play. At the age of 12, Randy was hired for his 1st professional job, demonstrating pianos at a music store, and from there starting getting hired playing at parties.

After getting through 3 years of high school, Randy was already a very busy musician, playing for shows, backing up singers and all types of musical jobs. At that point he told his parents that he wanted to quit high school, because it was taking up to much time and getting in the way of his career. After much bargaining, his parent struck up a deal with Randy, his high school principle and the head of music at Northwestern University. If Northwestern would let Randy play in there collage jazz band for the next year, Randy agreed to finish high school, which was not easy, since Randy only showed up for his music classes and not much more, much to the dismay of his gym teacher, geography teacher, English teacher and all of the rest. Somehow with the help of his persuasive father, and an understanding High School principle, Randy received his high school diploma—never to look back. Just after finishing high school, at the age of 21, he was hired to go on tour as the pianist for Frank Sinatra. Not a bad first gig! Shortly after that Randy was hired to tour with The Letterman and that brought Randy out to the west coast, at which point he decided that this was his new home, and he was officially a Los Angeles citizen.

Within the 1st year moving to LA, Randy was hired to tour with various artists, starting with Minnie Ripperton, Lou Rawls, Paul Anka, and then George Benson.

“After performing on the 2011 Grammys with Barbra Streisand this past weekend, the one comment I keep hearing over and over, is that the piano sounded so great and crystal clear. That’s why I use the Earthworks PianoMic…especially when 26 million people are listening!”

Randy toured with Benson for seven years as his pianist, conductor and arranger. The word started to spread about Randy in the LA studio scene, and he was beginning to get more and more calls to do session work on various records and movie soundtracks. Randy finally made the end his touring, and devote all of his time to doing sessions. What followed were ten years of non stop session work…doing records, movies, TV, jingles, song writing and arranging. Some records that Randy’s talents can be heard on are: Celine Dionne, Michael Bolton, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Vanessa Williams, Patti LaBelle, Michael Jackson, and many others. some motion picture soundtracks that he is performing on are: Forrest Gump, Roger Rabbit, Hoffa, Back to the Future, Bodyguard, Father of the Bride, Beetlejuice, etc. In this time, Randy was nominated for “Best Vocal Arrangement for a song that he co-wrote for the Manhattan Transfer. He also co-arranged (and performed) on the hit song “Somewhere” for Barbra Streisand, which won a grammy award for best arrangement. Randy was also voted Most Valuable player during this time, and was nominated Most valuable player three other times, by NARRAS.

Lately, Randy has been wearing the producer hat, having produced Bobby Caldwell, Patti LaBelle, Kenny G, The Stylistics, Mary Wilson, etc., and he has done numerous orchestra arrangements for the team Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis, for Nancy Wilson, Gladys Knight, and others.

For many years, all of Randy’s peers have been asking “Why haven’t you done your own record?” The more he thought about it, the more sense that started to make. This brings us to The Randy Waldman Trio record entitled “Wigged Out.”

RECORDINGS PERFORMING ON AND/OR ARRANGED:
BARBRA STREISAND
CELINE DION
MICHAEL BOLTON
RAY CHARLES
OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN
MICHAEL JACKSON
WHITNEY HOUSTON
LAURA BRANIGAN
ROCKWELL
MICHAEL SEMBELLO
DENICE WILLIAMS
JOHNNY MATHIS
JOSE FELICIANO
DAVID SANBORN
THE JETS
DAVID FOSTER
AMY IRVING
JIMMY JAM / TERRY LEWIS
B.B.KING
BACKSTREET BOYS
DIANA KRALL
CAROLE KING
MADONNA
DOLLY PARTON
ARETHA FRANKLIN
SAMMY DAVIS, JR.
DIANNA ROSS
HENRY MANCINI
JAMES INGRAM
VANESSA WILLIAMS
HERB ALPERT
HUBERT LAWS BURT BACHARACH
PATTI AUSTIN
JULIO IGLESIAS
LOU RAWLS
ISAAC HAYES
THE COMMITMENTS
GOLDIE HAWN
MERRYL STREEP
DIANE SHUUR
N SYNC
BONNIE RAITT
QUINCY JONES
KENNY ROGERS
KENNY LOGGINS
MANHATTAN TRANSFER
PATTI LABELLE
BARRY MANILOW
SERGIO MENDEZ
THE POINTER SISTERS
DIONNE WARWICK
MINNIE RIPERTON
JOHN DENVER
PLACIDO DOMINGO
NEW EDITION
SHEENA EASTON
JODY WATLEY
ART GARFUNKEL
TAKE SIX
CYBILL SHEPHERD
BUCK HENRY
CHER
RAY CHARLES
JAMES TAYLOR
MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACKS PERFORMED ON
FORREST GUMP
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT
THE COLOR PURPLE
SHOWTIME
ICE AGE
NAKED GUN
SOAPDISH
BODYGUARD
FATHER OF THE BRIDE 1 & 2
COCOON
THREE MEN AND A BABY
BABY BOOM
ROXANNE
BEETLE JUICE
SWING SHIFT
MR. SATURDAY NIGHT
THE QUICK & THE DEAD
HONEYMOON
MOUSE HUNT
MIRROR HAS TWO FACES
MR. SATURDAY NIGHT
ODD COUPLE 2
PRESUMED INOCENT
STUART LITTLE 1 & 2
REINDEER GAMES
WHAT LIES BENEATH
DUPLEX
HOFFA
SPLASH
BACK TO THE FUTURE 1, 2 & 3
PREDATOR
ACE VENTURA, PET DETECTIVE
I LOVE TROUBLE
THE SHADOW
WIND
BACK TO THE BEACH
THE BLACK CAULDREN
THE ABYSS
ROMANCING THE STONE
GHOSTBUSTERS
WAR OF THE ROSES
YOUNG GUNS 2
POLICE ACADEMY 2
SHORT CIRCUIT 2
THAT THING YOU DO
VOLCANO
HONEY I BLEW UP THE KIDS
HUDSON HAWK
TITANIC
THAT THING YOU DO
RANDOM HEARTS
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
THE TALE OF DESPEROUEX
WHICH WAY IS UP
DEATH TO SMOOCHIE
BLOWN AWAY
LEGAL EAGLES
NUTS
ALIVE
LITTLE RASCALS
CRITICAL CONDITION
THE FURY
MILAGRO BEANFIELD WAR
OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE
WITHOUT A TRACE
SUMMER VACATION
AMERICAN ANTHEM
OVERBOARD
PERFECT
CODE OF SILENCE
RICHIE RICH
FOXFIRE
GRUMPY OLD MEN
GRUMPIER OLD MEN (2)
JANUARY MAN
THE JERKY BOYS
TURNER AND HOOCH
MR. MOM
SEARGENT BILKO
LILO AND STITCH
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
THE ABYSS
ANASTASIA
BEST LITTLE WHORE HS IN TX
BLAME IT ON RIO
BREWSTERS MILLIONS
CLEAN SLATE
CONTACT
COPS AND ROBBERTSONS
DEAR GOD
DICK TRACY
DEATH BECOMES HER
FRANKIE AND JOHNNY
THE FRESHMEN
GREMLINS 2
HOME ALONE 2
JUDGE DREDD
NAKED GUN 1 & 2
JO JO DANCER
KARATE KID 3
LEONARD PART 6
MAC AND ME
SHATTERED
SUPER MARIO BROS.
SHOWTIME
IDENTITY
PRODUCED TOURED WITH
BOBBY CALDWELL
PATTI LaBELLE
KENNY G.
THE STYLISTICS
THE JETS
GLENN MADEIROS
KATEY SAGAL
MARY WILSON
NANCY WILSON
FRANK SINATRA …….Piano
BARBRA STREISAND..Piano
GEORGE BENSON …..Piano/Conductor
JOSH GROBAN ………..Piano/Conductor
LOU RAWLS ……………Piano
MINNIE RIPERTON ……Piano/Conductor
PAUL ANKA……………..Piano
O.C SMITH……………….Piano/Conductor
DAVID FOSTER ………Keys/Piano

LIVE PERFORMANCES WITH
ELTON JOHN
LYLE LOVETT
BRIAN WILSON
RICKIE LEE JONES
PATTI AUSTIN
KD LANGE
CYBILL SHEPHERD
GLORIA ESTEVAN
MACY GREY
MELISSA ETHRIDGE
THREE MO’ TENORS
JASON ALEXANDER
GARTH BROOKS
REBA MCINTIRE
CATHRINE MCFEE
GLORIA ESTEFAN
NANCY WILSON
TOM JONES
BOZ SCAGGS
LIONEL RICHIE
MICHAEL McDONALD
DONNY OSMOND
K.C. (OF THE SUNSHINE BAND)WINONA JUDD
BILLY JOEL
EDDIE VAN HALEN
AARON NEVILLE
NATALIE COLE
PATTI LABELLE
RUBEN BLADES
SHAWN COLVIN
BON JOVI
NATALIE COLE
JOSH GROBIN
NATALIE COLE
BABY FACE
ANNIE LENNOX
KELLEY CLARKSON
JAMES INGRAM
CLARK TERRY
MICHAEL McDONALD
AMERICA

PETER CETERA
SEAL
PHILIP BAILEY (EW&F)
DEBORAH COX
GOLDIE HAWN
MARY C. CARPENTER
JOHNNY MATHIS
BARBRA STREISAND
SHIRLEY McCLAIN
DIONNE WARWICK
STEVIE WONDER
SHELBY LYNNE
GARTH BROOKS
ROB THOMAS
ROBERT WAGNER
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON
DIANA ROSS
PAM TILLIS
HILLARY DUFF
HERBIE HANDCOCK
KONYE WEST
JEFF BECK
REBA MCENTIRE
BRIAN McKNIGHT
WYNTON MARSALIS
CLAY AIKEN
RUBEN STUDDARD
JOHN WILLIAMS
CHYNNA PHILLIPS
HENRY MANCINI
ERIC CLAPTON
DIANNE CARROLL
VINCE GILL
HARRY CONNICK JR.
ZIGGY MARLEY
DON HENLEY
DESTINY’S CHILD
MIKE CONNERS
WILSON PHILLUPS
JOSH GROBAN
MICHAEL CLARK DUNKIN
KAREEM ABDUL JABAR
JAMES MOODY
PATTI LABELLE
CHRIS BOTTI
JIMMY WEBB
CHERYL LYNN
KATHRINE MCPHEE
CHARICE
FRANK SINATRA

AWARDS

GRAMMY AWARD for Co-Arrangement of Barbra Streisand’s “Somewhere” .
GRAMMY NOMINATION for “Best Vocal Arrangement” – Manhattan Transfer.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER, by NARRAS Los Angeles

Randy’s Mic

Randy’s Site

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