It can be hard to find entertainers who present a program that's appropriate for a mature audience and is "family-friendly".

"The Mini Cruise-Ship Show" is a program based on "The Jon Show", Jon Persson's cruise-ship cabaret variety show, only without orchestral back-up.  So unless you want to hire a 7-piece orchestra, Jon just does the show all by himself!

Although he performs mostly on cruise ships, when on land he frequently does a similar 1-hour show for a variety of types of groups, including retirement communities, country clubs, and other organizations.

The show features Broadway show tunes, ragtime, tangos, classics, movie themes, International song favorites, and more, performed on piano and accordion.

For churches, Jon offers inspirational, classical and ethnic folk programs for religious services and social events. 






If you have not had this gentleman, call him - HE IS WONDERFUL. He played the piano and the accordion, but the thing that made him special was his interaction with our residents. The choice of music was wonderful, and of the right time period. Call him as soon as you can - he is a wonderful entertainer and would work great with your adventure travel day, too. Jon Persson out of Seattle Washington (he will be back here in November) he stayed here and sat with our residents for dinner and breakfast. I highly recommend him.

Patricia Amburgey
Enrichment Coordinator
Sterling Court
1001 Alabaster Way
Deltona, Florida 32725

Hi Old Friends,
We at Bridge Park just enjoyed a wonderful piano and accordion concert from Jon Persson. It was very well attended. I think your residents would really enjoy his presentation. I told him to contact you, but I wanted you to know as well . . .

Brooke Bradshaw
Community Manager
Bridge Park Retirement
3204 SW Morgan Street
Seattle, Washington 98126


Linda, please share with everyone!
We had the gentleman below perform this weekend!
He was great! Very versatile. Very engaging to the audience as well. He stayed and played some Russian music for one of our residents (she was born in Russia) after he was done with our show!
He is a snow bird. I plan on having him back when next he is in town!
He leaves in April so if you have room in your schedule/budget he would be well worth getting in!

Patricia Campbell
Lake Ridge Village
353 Ardice Avenue
Eustis, Florida 32726


Thank you for participating in our "Swedes Got Talent" show at the Swedish Cultural Center. Your music is always fabulous and I look forward to hearing you every time you perform.

Kristine Leander
Executive Director
The Swedish Club
1920 Dexter Avenue North
Seattle, Washington 98109 



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The Piano

Jon Persson plays a wide variety of styles on the piano, ranging from classical (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Debussy, just to name a few) to pop favorites from the 20’s through the 90’s;  Broadway show tunes, French, Italian, German and Viennese songs, and Latin tangos, as well as avant-garde tangos by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.

The Russian Bayan/БАЯН

The Russian cousin of the piano-accordion and chromatic-accordion is the bayan.  This is an amazingly complex and powerful creation, capable of producing an astonishing variety of sounds. A very versatile instrument, capable of interpreting jazz, Broadway, Russian gypsy, traditional Argentine tangos, as well as avant-garde tangos by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, Baroque and Romantic classics by the Great Masters, and much more.

Performance Highlights

  • M/S Sagafjord, Cunard Line
  • S/S Norway, Norwegian Cruise Line
  • m/s Statendam, Holland America Line
  • m/s Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Cruise Line
  • m/s Royal Princess (1 & 2), Princess Cruises
  • m/s Grand Princess, Princess Cruises
  • m/s Emerald Princess, Princess Cruises
  • m/s Sea Princess, Princess Cruises
  • m/s Dreamward, Norwegian Cruise Line
  • m/s Venus Pacific, Japan Cruise Line
  • m/s Vision of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
  • m/v Eugenio Costa, Costa Cruise Line
  • m/v Americana, Ivaran Cruise Line
  • m/v Queen of the West, American Riverboat Cruises
  • EPCOT Norway Pavilion, Walt Disney World
  • Numerous Venues in Vieux Carre (the French Quarter), New Orleans, Louisiana
  • South Florida Condo Theatres
  • Tziganka Russian Ensemble
  • Hotel NovaPark, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sun Valley Lodge, Ketchum, Idaho
  • EXPO '86, Vancouver, Canada

Musical Entertainment

  • Community Concerts
  • Cruise Ships
  • Arts Festivals
  • Wine Tastings
  • Weddings
  • Conventions
  • Classical Concerts


  • American Standards
  • Broadway Show Tunes
  • Classical
  • International Song Favorites
  • Ragtime
  • Russian & Hungarian Gypsy
  • Argentine Tango
  • Jazz