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WRITE-UPS AND REVIEWS


Write-ups, reviews, about the many different pianists, all begin to sound repetitious, and usually tedious.  Rather than add to the list, “this pianist is so great,” please consider our different method.  Here again, it’s a walk away from the pack:  A quality we’ve observed from many of our very successful clients.  Our approach offers you another way to consider pianist, Bob Dawson, perform in your concert hall, for a corporate event or private soiree.
Please enjoy the following write-ups.
A most memorable evening honoring Wm. F. Buckley Jr.:
Prelude
An old friend of Bill Buckley’s once observed, “You realize, he is a rather dramatic man.” So his method of divesting himself of his stock in National Review, Inc., was entirely in character.
Although many people knew the divestiture was coming, the actual ceremony was planned   . . . . The party would take place at Paone’s, an Italian restaurant near NR’s office.  . . The new directors and a few out-of-towners were asked to save the date, but weren’t told why. Three dozen other colleagues and former colleagues were invited by telephone . . . the day of the party. These are busy people—journalists, presidential speechwriters, lawyers— . . .
And so, on June 29, 2004, after a lovely meal of serenata (a pasta specialty of Paone’s) and veal spiedini, in the presence of people ranging from the newest editorial associate to a woman WFB had known since earliest consciousness—his older sister and longtime managing editor, Priscilla Buckley . . .  There were toasts and reminiscences, and Priscilla gave a long and hilarious account of the early days of National Review. A pianist chosen by Buckley, the personable Bob Dawson, played between toasts; when Buckley stood up to speak, Dawson swung into “Can’t Help Loving That Man of Mine.” There was a wistfulness to the evening, as Buckley took one more step into retirement, but also enormous good cheer, as those assembled were reminded how important National Review and its founder have been in their lives.
From Strictly Right: William F. Buckley Jr. and the American Conservative Movement, by Linda Bridges and John R. Coyne Jr.  Copyright © 2007. Used by permission of the authors.

“Playing and command of the instrument are absolutely marvelous.”
Tom Burzycki president, Steinway and Sons, NY, NY

“That’s [Dawson song, “Sassy Fingers”] something else!  I defy you to stand still and listen to that!”
Keith Filbry
The Voice of the Grand ‘Ol Opry, Nashville, TN.

“Bright Music.”
Martin Burden, NY Post

“Phrasing is ultra sophisticated.”
Doug Hill
The Norman (OK City) Transcript

“Simply dazzled by his performance.”
Nanette Norbiz Kelly
USA today, NY, NY

“He will enliven any evening.”
William F. Buckley, Jr. NY, NY

“Bluegrass . . . played on piano, I found it to be a blast.”
Bill Binkelman
Wind and Wire magazine, Minneapolis, MN

“Thoroughly entertaining, imbues his music with sensitivity and sensibility.”
James Fabian
Olin Hall for the Arts, Roanoke College, VA
(The Birthplace of “Breaking The Rules.”)

Bob Dawson in Breaking The Rules