Lou Rainone grew up in Baltimore, Md. where he began music lessons at the age of 5. In elementary school he sang with the school choir, and began formal piano lessons at the age of 9. He continued lessons until graduating from Towson State University in 1980. During his college years Lou began playing jazz, and performing in hotels and clubs in Baltimore and Washington. As a sideman and leader, Lou appeared in festivals, jazz clubs, and concert halls in the area. With steady work, Lou continued his career in the Baltimore area into the late '90's. His trio gave performances at both the Eubie Blake Festival, and the Kool Jazz Festival, and had compositions debuted at the Res Musica concert series in the 1987. Later he played with musicians on tour such as, Jim Snidero, Rick Margitza, Eric Alexander, Vincent Herring, Jim Rotundi, and Jimmy Heath. During this period, The Lou Rainone Quartet released two CD's; "One For Ruppert" in 1996, and
"2nd Nature" released in 1998.
Lou has been based in New York for the past 20 years, and performs regularly. Lou performs regularly with Richie Vitale, for the Jazz Foundation with the Rudy Walker Quartet, and has been a member of the George Braith Quartet for over 7 years. As a first-call pianist, Lou performs in numerous clubs in NYC with small groups and singers. Some of the artists Lou has appeared with are: Joe Ford, Jerry Weldon, Bobby Porcelli, Boris Koslav, Oscar Feldman, Raphael Cruz, Randy Johnston, Ted Curson, Bill Saxton, Ira Sullivan, Grant Stewart, Dick Oats, and Ralph Lalama, Jim Snidero, Jimmy Heath, Vincent Herring, and Eric Alexander among many others.
The Lou Rainone Quintet+1 released “Sky Dance" in August, 2015. This recording features Richie Vitale, Larry Farrell, Dorian Devins, Tom DiCarlo, and Taro Okamoto. This recording features all original compositions.