Bill Peterson, Piano / Keyboards

billpeterson1Bill began his career in Chicago as a pianist and conductor/arranger/contractor for many celebrity artists, sharing the stage with celebrity greats including Ramsey Lewis, Diane Schuur, Patti Labelle, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Smokey Robinson, Red Buttons, Suzanne Somers, Steve Allen, Joan Rivers, Morey Amsterdam, Kathie Lee Gifford, Mary Hart, Bob Newhart, Tony Bennett, George Burns, Danny Thomas, and Las Vegas sensation, Danny Gans.

Bill has played piano and conducted many star performances on numerous television shows throughout the United States including The Merv Griffin Show. In addition to working with some of the greatest musicians and orchestras on Broadway in New York City and studio musicians and orchestras in Los Angeles, Bill has had the pleasure of conducting some of America’s greatest big band swing orchestras of all time, including The Les Brown Band Of Renown Orchestra and The Harry James Orchestra.

After his formal training at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Bill quickly became one of Chicago’s leading pianists performing at Chicago’s finest venues on the Magnificent Mile which include the Ritz-Carlton, The Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago’s famous Drake Hotel, The Signature Room Restaurant (where he was the exclusive entertainment provider for the past 19 years), numerous Chicago theaters, Navy Pier, and Chicago’s Symphony Center.

His experience also includes performing piano and vocals on television and radio commercials which include national spots for United Airlines and the McDonald’s Corporation.

Bill’s repertoire at the piano spans popular music from the American Songbook (Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, etc.) to Brazilian and Latin standards, popular American jazz and pop standards, as well as classical music for wedding ceremonies.

Weddings: No wedding is complete without beautiful music. Bill has performed at countless wedding ceremonies of all faiths and at hundreds of wedding receptions.

billpeterson2Vocalist, Betsy Jamison, is Bill’s number one choice when vocal music is required for any event or celebration. Betsy, a former Miss Illinois and New York City theater and television singer/actor, possesses an angelic mezzo-soprano voice perfect for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Whether Bill performs as a soloist, as a duo with Betsy Jamison, or with any one of his jazz ensembles, the music is always a perfect fit for any event or celebration calling for great entertainment!

Download Name Play Size Length
download Ave Maria

5.7 MB 2:30 min
download Someone Like You (Vocal)

9.1 MB 3:59 min
download Hallelujah (piano solo)

5.5 MB 2:24 min
download Let's Call The Whole Thing Off (vocal)

5.8 MB 2:32 min
download Amazing Grace (Vocal)

8 MB 3:29 min
download My Romance (Piano Solo)

8.2 MB 3:34 min
download Little Wing (Piano - Bass Duo)

13.1 MB 5:44 min
download All Of You (Piano Solo)

10.9 MB 4:46 min
download My Funny Valentine (vocal)

8.1 MB 3:32 min
download While We're Young (Piano - Sax Duo)

14.8 MB 6:28 min
download Failing Slowly (Piano Solo)

6.2 MB 2:42 min
download The Nearness Of You (Vocal)

6 MB 2:37 min
download Married (Vocal)

4.1 MB 1:48 min
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Bill Peterson Song List


Stella By Starlight - Miles Davis
Some Day My Prince Will Come - Bill Evans / Miles Davis
Soul Eyes - Wayne Shorter
All The Things You Are - Various Artists
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face - Various Artists
I Hear A Rhapsody - Various Artists
My Romance - Various Artists
Cheek To Cheek - Various Artists
Isn't It Romantic? - Various Artists
I Didn't Know What Time It Was - Various Artists
Gravy Waltz - Ray Brown
'Round Midnight - T. Monk
Stablemates - Benny Golson
Jitterbug Waltz - Fats Waller
In My Solitude - Duke Ellington / Billy Holiday
You've Changed - Various Artists
Midnight Sun - Various Artists
Lotus Blossom - Billy Strayhorn
Embraceable You - Various Artists
My Funny Valentine - Various Artists
Take The A Train - Duke Ellington
Satin Doll - Duke Ellington
On Green Dolphin Street - Various Artists
Take Five - Dave Brubeck
One Note Samba - A. Jobim
The Girl From Ipanema - A. Jobim
Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller
Moon River - Henry Mancini
I Love You - Ella Fitzgerald
All Of You - Ella Fitzgerald
In Love In Vain -
Jerome Kern
The Masquerade Is Over - Various
I'm Beginning To See The Light - Duke Ellington
Imagine - John Lennon
Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? - B. Steisand
You Stepped Out Of A Dream - Various Artists
Besame Mucho - Various Artists
Poinciana - Ahmad Jamal
Song For My Father - Horace Silver
Triste - A. Jobim
Falling In Love With Love - Various Artists
On The Street Where You Live - Various Artists
Moonlight In Vermont - Various Artists
Love - Nat King Cole
Orange Colored Sky - Various / Natalie Cole
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off - Various Artists
Sway - Various Artists
Mambo Italiano - Rosemary Clooney
The Man I Love - Various Artists
Lover Man - Various Artists


Optional Wedding Ceremony Music Selections
Prelude music: Music played prior to the ceremony, while guests are being seated.

Isn't It Romantic - Glenn Miller
Water Music - Handel
The Four Seasons - Vivaldi
Greensleeves - Traditional
Wind Beneath My Wings - Various Artists
As Time Goes By - A Kiss Is Just A Kiss - Tony Bennett
Falling Slowly - From The Movie, Once
Ode To Joy - Beethoven
Brandenburg Concerto #2 - Bach
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
Someone Like You - Various Artists
Water Fountain - From The Movie, The Secret Of My Success



Processional & Bridal music:
Music played during the time the family, wedding party, and the bride walk down the aisle.

Bridal Chorus, Here Comes The Bride From "Lohengrin" - Wagner
Trumpet Voluntary In D, The Prince Of Denmark'S March - Clarke Or Purcell
Canon In D - Pachelbel
The Four Seasons - Handel
Water Music - Handel
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
I Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
In My Life - The Beatles
March From Lohengrin - Wagner
Gabriel’s Oboe - From The Movie, The Mission

Interlude Music (optional):
Ave Maria - Schubert
Amazing Grace - Traditional
And I Love Her - The Beatles
Primavera: First Movement, Allegro - Vivaldi
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
Für Elise - Beethoven
We've Only Just Begun - The Carpenters
Have I Told You Lately - Van Morrison

Recessional music:
Wedding March, From "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - Mendelssohn
Ode To Joy, From The Ninth Symphony - Beethoven
Trumpet Voluntary - Purcell
Magnificat In D - Bach
The Long And Winding Road - The Beatles
How Sweet It Is - James Taylor
Then He Kissed Me - The Crystals
I Got You Babe - Sonny And Cher