NJ Pianist Arnie Abrams started playing piano at the early age of 5. At that young age, he began copying the hand movements of his father, an accomplished, self-taught pianist in his own right.
His dad played exclusively by ear, and despite the fact that he could not read a single note, Howard Abrams knew and could play thousands of songs, all by ear. Howard's musical signature was his high-energy 'Harlem Stride' style, which Arnie inherited, and is what he is known for in the local New Jersey, metro New York City & Philadelphia areas today, along with his talented ear for picking up songs quickly and playing them after just hearing them once or twice on the radio.
Arnie also realized that he was blessed with perfect pitch, which helps him enormously when he works with other New Jersey musicians and vocalists.
Arnie Abrams studied classical, pop and jazz piano in New Haven and later in the Buffalo area. Longing to play the more popular tunes, Arnie's dad taught him how to play by ear without the use of sheet music, helped him to develop his musical ear, and taught him many of the most wonderful standards that were so popular during his musical golden era.
This NJ Pianist combines his classical and jazz-trained techniques with the Harlem Stride style, enthusiasm and "heart" that his dad passed onto him. The result is the gift that he shares with his audiences for performing many of the most popular tunes produced over the past 70+ years. He also works with other New Jersey Musicians and vocalists.