Edmond Allmond, clarinettist, pianist and vocalist, worked as a pianist on screen for more television productions than any other pianist in the United States from 2005 to 2016. During that period he also continued to appear on the concert stage.
Where many pianists go through the motions, Allmond worked diligently to accurately perform during every production. That is a difficult feat, since the piano is blocked (the hammers do not strike the strings), an earwig is placed in the ear away from camera, and the performer plays in sync to a recording that they may have received the night before their call time. He would at times record his own tracks in studio; on several occasions, he would do the rare on set performance, as in the season finally of Desperate Housewives, in a brief cameo with Vanessa Williams’ character Renee Perry.
Edmond arranged Tom Wait’s Temptation for Cote De Pablo as Agent Ziva on NCIS, “Last Man Standing”, season six. Ryan Cross was the bassist. They appear accompanying De Pablo with hand percussionist Adam.
Edmond and Ryan would go on to do several other television offerings together, including as regulars on the 22 episode John Stamos series Grandfathered.
Edmond was always the featured pianist on Revenge, playing all of Victoria Grayson’s (Madeline Stowe) cocktail parties. And they were numerous. He is featured in all four seasons, though is more heard than seen in season two.
He appears in Scandal in the only episode of the series that was to use music. As the organist for Jake and Vanessa’s wedding (Till Death Do Us Part, season 5 episode 18) he sat at the 1924 Skinner organ in St. Johns Episcopal Cathedral that he had played several times many years before as a young Los Angeles organist. His performance of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March was, unfortunately, not used in the episode.
Edmond is also featured in Major Crimes (Hindsight, season 4, episodes 19 – 23) as a church organist on another instrument, a Hammond B3 that replaced a pipe organ he played in his youth, three miles west of St Johns, at Amos Memorial.
NCIS, episode 1, season 6: Last Man Standing
Ghost Whisperer Save Our Souls (w/ Solange) 2008
NCIS Last Man Standing Season 6, ep 1 2008
Desperate Housewives Season 8 Opener 2012
Agent Carter Now Is Not The End season 1 ep 1 2015
Agent Carter The Lady In the Lake season 2 ep 1 2016
Agent Carter A View in the Dark Season 2 ep 2
The Catch The Larágan Gambit season 1 ep 5 w/ Gee Rabe 2016
Grandfathered 2015 – 2016
Scandal Till Death Do Us Part season 5 ep 18 2016