The legendary 27-year stint as David Letterman's musical director and sidekick on CBS-TV's Late Show made Paul Shaffer, a bandleader and musical genius, famous throughout the world. Shaffer has had a long and successful career, winning many awards and leaving a lasting impression on the music business.
Shaffer, a Grammy Award-winning master of verbal and musical improvisation, has performed on stages with some of the biggest musicians. He led a live, on-camera jam session with legends like Jeff Beck, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. He performed on a huge scale as the White House's musical director, showcasing his abilities and originality. Shaffer's talent as a musician was recognized when he performed with superstars like Ray Charles and enthralled audiences with his indelible riffs. Additionally, his quick wit and sense of humor have allowed him to interact with a variety of famous people on-air, including Bill Murray, Donald Trump, Jack Black, Julia Roberts, Tina Fey, and Nathan Lane.
Shaffer's career in music began to take off in 1972 when renowned composer Stephen Schwartz instantly selected him as the musical director for the critically successful Toronto production of Godspell after being impressed by his piano abilities. Victor Garber, Andrea Martin, Eugene Levy, and Gilda Radner were among the outstanding actors in the performance. Shaffer's career was propelled by the production's enormous popularity, which allowed him to play the piano in the Broadway production of the musical The Magic Show. After that, he began a five-year adventure with NBC's Saturday Night Live, where he performed music, created original material, and finally rose to the position of featured performer. He is best recognized for his lifelike portrayal of Don Kirshner.
Shaffer is presently enthralling audiences with his band on his first tour in 20 years, performing a mix of old favorites and original songs..
How to hire Paul Shaffer for an event
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Frequently Asked Questions about booking Paul Shaffer to perform.
Many performers, actors, speakers and other talent like Paul Shaffer in certain cases will consider virtual appearances via live streaming. They perhaps may accept lower fees too. If you are seriously interested in booking Paul Shaffer or other talent shown on our site, we will research their desire and the specific fee for your live-streaming event or project request.
Paul Shaffer's current work schedule and location in relation to your event's type, date, budget, and locality will play a primary factor in the acceptance of booking Paul Shaffer for your party. As long as your funding is commensurate with the price range to book Paul Shaffer, CTI will propose your event to the official agency representing Paul Shaffer. After we consult with them, we will provide a personal and accurate quote that includes: final costs, availability, and actual interest in being hired for your specific event or party.
CTI can give you the accurate Paul Shaffer booking price once we submit your event details to their camp. "How much does it cost to book Paul Shaffer for an event?" is a frequent question we get. The final Paul Shaffer booking price is contingent on many variables and the booking fee we may show is based on a range derived from our past experience with what will Paul Shaffer charge for an event. An example fee to book Paul Shaffer is in the starting range of $75,000-$149,999. However, any recent popularity change would cause a price fluctuation well beyond this example. Also, their speaking fee might be different than the fee shown for the cost to perform or to just appear. Popularity, career stage, along with current demand will cause fluctuations in their speaking price as well. The final booking price may be more than what is shown, but you should at least have a budget within that range for them to consider an appearance, performance or speaking engagement.
There is low probability to book Paul Shaffer for a party with anything substantially less than the published booking cost price range. We will negotiate with the Paul Shaffer agent on your behalf if your funding is in place. By not having funding ready then it will more difficult to book Paul Shaffer, because they get many offers to work events that are at or above asking price. It is also important to consider the travel costs when researching the Paul Shaffer booking fee, as additional expenses like this, as well as an entourage of staff and equipment, are not necessarily built-in to the booking fee range shown. If your budget does not factor that in, then there is no benefit for them to want to be hired. We do not personally speak for Paul Shaffer, but in our experience in booking talent for over 25 years, this is generally the outcome of inadequate funding.
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