does anyone know of a good book for learning "cocktail" piano runs & fills?  i tried duanne shinn's unit on that but didn't get too much out of it.  thanks for any suggestions.
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if you're talking straight cocktail piano, then you're talking straightforward arpeggios for fills.

they're pretty, flowery and easy to do. the cocktail pianist's basic trick.

as regards runs, you can't go wrong in cocktail with twiddling the right pentatonic.
you could look at this:

there are videos of dick hyman showing some of tatum's runs. i'm not sure how legit it is for these vids to be on youtube, so who knows how long it'll last.
glissandos, walking 10th's, etc.
i saw a music minus one book/cd that had arrangements of sinatra material that may be what you're looking for. i saw it on
andy laverne and noreen lienhard have published books of runs.  

thanks for all the good suggestions!
carmen cavallaro was a very influential cocktail-style player known as the "poet of the piano".  i would listen to him and peter nero ("the horowitz of pop music" and a scot favorite)and try to cop some licks from them.  i know that nero has a book of transcribed arrangements because i checked it out at the library once.

there's also a series of books called "cocktail piano styles" with arrangements of standards.  i've found them to be fairly authentic, though they're arranged for intermediate piano so don't expect cavallaro/nero level arrangements out of them.

lastly, i've seen some mind blowing pianists on old lawrence welk broadcasts on pbs.  so if you have the tolerance for the rest of the music, you could hunt for some of those.
funny you should mention carmen cavallaro...i have the "eddy duchin story" video and was just watching it again the other day. that's the style and type of music i really love. :)  

i sort of get a kick out of the lawrence welk show sometimes, too.  i played the organ (with pedals) for many years, took lessons starting as a teen, etc. i'll have to start watching those shows again...think it's still on sunday afternoons. :)  

btw, i can do some arpeggio runs up and down, but i can't do glisses (ouch!) or walking 10ths (hands too small), though i do roll the 10ths with the left hand. i took lessons from a wonderful jazz/cocktail piano player years ago (, but live too far away to go back to him for lessons now.  very difficult finding a teacher around here for this stuff - most teachers are all classical here.  

another one i really like to listen to is ernesto cortazar.

thanks again all for your help. :)
wow, i thought i'd never admit this to other jazz musicians, but the lawrence welk show is one of my guitly pleasures. i wasn't around in it's day, but i enjoy watching the re-runs on pbs
elssa, click on jim haskins solo renditions of countless standards are featured on at least a dozen cd's.
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