Jaime Hazan, Musician and Accompanist
Iâ€™m a native New Yorker who accompanies diverse and talented musical improv troupes in the NYC circuit. I first played the piano at age 5, along with my parentâ€™s Barry Manillow LP (Go Mandy!) and consider Barry the â€œguy that taught me to playâ€ but consider artists like Billy Joel, Elton John & composers David Foster, John Williams & James Horner to have been most influential in musical pursuits. Coincidentally, Barry and I share the same birthday (not year)!
As musicians, many people shape our careers, but the person Iâ€™m most grateful for is â€œGene.â€ The musical â€œGeneâ€ that made it into my body -which letâ€™s me feel the mood and express it through the Ivories and the Electric Bass. Iâ€™m exclusively an improv piano player with no formal conservatory training or note reading ability, so I simply play from the heart.
I completed my first long-form improv training program at Gotham City Improv, and as a singer studied musical improv at The Peopleâ€™s Improv Theatre as well as The Magnet Theatre in New York.
I made the transition to Improv Pianist in 2010 and now consider The Magnet Theatre to be my home base for accompanying Musical Improv troupes as a part of the Musical Megawatt rotation and the Magnet Musical Mixer Band. I have also performed at The PIT, UCB, Chicago City Limits, Comedy Sportz and The Castillo Theatre All Stars Project. Some indy troupes Iâ€™ve accompanied include: The Made Up Musical, Vox Pop & Diamond Lion. Iâ€™m an accompanist understudy for Broadwayâ€™s Next Hit Musical.
I am grateful to all the actors Iâ€™ve had the privilege to accompany but perhaps most honored to have the guidance and support from Frank Spitznagel. Thank you actors, audiences, most of all for opportunity to practice what I love.
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**Keep your eyes peeled for a 2012 reality television show. Canâ€™t say much now, but Iâ€™m being featured as a musician on a show and network that shall remain nameless!