On Wednesday night, August 6th, Jim Hudak made an unexpected but successful debut at one of the Bay Area's premier restaurants and music venues. Bing Crosby's, in Walnut Creek, CA, has been one of the area's busiest, best loved restaurants since it's opening two years ago, and Jim appeared there to a capacity crowd Wednesday night. Playing his typically unique blend of standards, showtunes and "unexpected" songs, Jim also received and played many requests from numerous audience members. He played even more "swing music" than usual, in conjunction with the Bing Crosby era and theme that are so much a part of the restaurant's presentation. Though scheduled to play until 9 PM, Jim performed an extra hour at the request of management, as the busy evening warranted the extra hour of piano music. The sound system and microphones built into the Yamaha C-3 piano made for an enjoyable playing experience for Jim. "The bass response of that piano is particularly good, and the pre-wired P.A. system actually allowed me to hear myself very well, which is unusual in a large, busy restaurant and bar environment, " he said. Jim hopes to return to Bing Crosby's some time in the near future. You'll find out first via this website.

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