hi again...

soon i will have the oportunity to play solo piano here and there....  

could you recomend me some tunes that are usually played....


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nice idea.  i would have prefered if the bass player and drummer laid out.  they sounded like they were just playing 'cause they were paid to be there.  but overall the whole thing was inspiring
this one brings back memories... it was one of the last "major" pieces i learned before i went headlong into jazz.
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hey scot - it was the last piece i learned also, before this journey.
oh the last gig i had,  where the piano was located that happened to me constantly.  i really needed a tune in my repetoire named "i dont care where you go take a shit".  or i should have put up a sign right next to my sign that said "cd for sale"  that said "i do not know where the bathroom is"

thanks so much for spending more time contributing to this site.

even though i'm not a huge fan of classical music, i liked your rendition.



and just ignore the criticism of your bass line and drum programming.
actually i did exactly what scot says. it is the best advise.
go to some places where guys are playing solo piano with pen and paper and write down what they play.  this way you will pick up other things you have not even thought of yet.  should you write set lists???
some pianist do some, some do not.   personally sometimes i do sometimes i do not.  tip jar.   are you going to bring one,  or ask to borrow a glass from the bar.  by watching a pianist at work all these little things you may observe.  are you going to talk to the audience or not???
etc... etc....
hang me off the balcony of an ice skating rink is what i suggest.
another resource for what tunes to learn is the top ten tunes link at the top of the page.

you can see what tunes some professionals, some big names, and other people think are the most important to learn. you can add your own top ten, add songs that aren't on the list, and vote for your top ten.

the first time i went to that port townsend jazz camp, i got a list of top ten tunes from some of hte faculty. i learned one or two tunes a week off that list until i could play them all. they were all great stnadards- alone together, out of nowhere, what is this thing called love, etc...

check it out!
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i took whacky's advice on learning some of the more obscure easy listening tunes years ago.  i only have about an hours worth of solo tunes that sound presentable at gigs and those are the ones i get the most reaction/compliments on.  it's kind  of a cool feeling playing a song like chaka's "through the fire" when you know that only 1 or 2 percent of the audience will even recognize it and come up and say something.  

i was playing a solo version of "get here" last year and a couple approached me and said that song was their favorite, was their first dance song, big oletta adams fans, etc...and they were probably the only ones in the room that even recognized it.  i struck up a nice conversation with them and told them that they should check out the original version written and performed by brenda russell (i think the yellowjackets were the rhythm section on that version).  they were so nice that i dedicated the full band version that we do during the wedding reception portion.  they were very appreciative!

another tune that works really nice as a samba is roxanne.  sting does a jazz ballad version of it on his latest dvd and actually wrote a vocal intro to it...(not sure what you call those intros that are done alot on standards like i've got a crush on you where it's out of tempo that kind of sets up the song).  

when i'm really stretching for tunes or know no one is listening i'll take any number of rock tunes we do and convert them to ballads or samba.  try it sometime.....

fwiw, i wish i had a dollar for everytime i've been asked to play take 5....no matter what the format of the band.

our trio once played it without the sax part (as we were a trio - pno, bass, drums) and watched the guys face as we were comping that piano lick for about a minute. he was sort of thinking "well, what about the next bit? oh yeah, a sax".

but still, i get asked for it on solo gigs as well..

i suppose an arrangement of it wouldn't be too hard, but  still, it's funny to think how many times i get asked for it.

yes, take 5 and the linus and lucy theme and piano man are probally the three most requested although people request "sinatra"as if that were the name of a tune.
as people aproach the piano if you have to bet on what they are going to ask for put your money on take 5, linus and lucy, piano man, sinatra, or  
andrew loyd nauteous (or is it weber) something like that.
well ya gotta play the melody:)

and larryc, thanks for the honorable mention:)  i'm glad that's working for you too...i get the same reactions
i just learned the linus and lucy theme (from sheet music) and have found it is the piece i play that people enjoy the most.  one recommendation:  you can always take something simple and add a bit of extra flair to it.  
for example, i  started something new with "it don't mean a thing" (solo piano) by just starting out with snapping on 2 and 4 with my right hand for 4 bars, then doing stride in the left hand while snapping with the right for 8 bars, then going into the melody.  then during the improv at one point i will abandon the left hand and snap with my left hand while improvising.
that's entertainment!
take 5 is very nice as a funky 5 tune a bit faster than the recording.  don't get stuck in the exact same vamp that brubeck uses, make a little more hoppy and swingy, and all of a sudden, that tune gets pretty fun to play.

linus and lucy is the same thing. do the basic part, but then you can make it bluesy and stuff. i think i have a terrible version of it in the old midi files section of this site.
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a great recording of take 5 is brubeck's  carnegie hall recording, where they do it much faster than the original "time out" recording.
at a solo gig i had a lady in her 60's ask me to play some alice cooper.   ???

lesson learned: throw a little heavy metal in the mix for the geriatric crowd.
don't you love it? :)
i asked her to sing a few refrains, but she declined.
her voice was hoarse from the ac/dc concert the night before.
i once had some ladies in their 80's ask for abba and george micheal? was it how i looked?
walt wagner, one of the greats that no one knows about, sometimes plays a whole set of solo piano pink floyd.  funny thing is that it sounds very very cool :)
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what do you think of brad mehldau's radiohead arrangements?
songtrellis.com is another good source of the type of songs they like at "conventional" cocktail piano gigs....
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