Most 26-year-olds who grew up playing piano haven't tickled the ivories in more than a decade. The ones who still perform have likely joined bands and given up the keys for guitars and drums, and those most "progressive" instrumentalists have gone the way of Chromeo.
There are not too many front wo/men in their 20s making rock and getting gigs that still play straight piano, sing, and get the crowd's arms flapping with pleasure. Fort Lauderdale native Jacob Jeffries, however, is one of the few sticking with his singer/songwriter, bluesy, pop-rock piano thing, and still continues to gain a following.
"There aren't a lot of front guys that just play piano," Jeffries admitted when we ran into him at a Blackbird Ordinary show last week in Miami, raising money for Philanthrofest, a group that supports and strengthens local nonprofits. "Sometimes I think it's an obsolete, out-of-date instrument -- just the piano, not the keys -- people are using synthesizers and organs. They're instrumental in the kind of the accompaniment sense."
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