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 moved to New York in 2000 and continued his career as a pianist and teacher. He has become an in-demand pianist, both as sideman and leader. Some of the artists Lou has appeared with are: Jerry Weldon, Bobby Porcelli, Randy Johnston, Ted Curson, Bill Saxton, Ira Sullivan, Grant Stewart, Dick Oats, Joe Cohn, John Hart, and Ralph Lalama, and Joe Magnarelli. He has performed in many jazz festivals throughout the world, and continues to conduct clinics and concerts in Taiwan every year. Lou is currently a member of the Richie Vitale Quintet and the George Braith Quartet.
The Lou Rainone Quintet+1 has released a new CD, “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.