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Dinner set songs for non jazzers


Hoochie

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Suggestion welcome. I don't know if this has come up.

I'm sure it has but with a slant more to players

beginning to explore popular jazz progressions.

 

I can hang with whatever but stepping outside too

far can get a little iffy.

We do some Sinatra , Sade, Kitt, Armstrong, etc.

More on the pop side.

2, 6 turn arounds with a sprinkle of

7ths and 9ths. Easy stuff.

 

In my experience it's not show time.

People want to talk.

But if you really kill some tunes

with taste they start

listening and darned if you don't get

cheek to cheek dancers and applause.

 

These are usually the folks you really

want on your side too because they

gossip amongst friends about

"the wonderful wedding band they just

heard and I hear your daughter is engaged.

Ask Babs at the club tomorrow.

Her sons wedding was amazing.

They played their song

while dancing out to the carriage with

sparklers and fireworks.

She can get you in touch.

They even played our song too."

 

Kinda Bollywood huh.

And they love it.

It's show business even at weddings.

 

And of course they write the checks too

but at that level they want to be entertained.

We are a drop in the bucket compared to what

they spent on that cake.

( Not kidding. We did one where the cake,

the cake guy, and his helper flew 1st class from NYC to California

that morning. They had a special cake flying rig

and it had its own seats)

 

Thanks,

 

John

 

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Instrumental: Ashokan Fairwell, Peanuts Theme song (Linus and Lucy), How Long Has This Been Goin' On?, Blue Monk, Breezin', Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano (for the adventurous)

 

Vocal: Makin' Whoopie, What a Wonderful World, Ain't Misbehavin', You Send Me, New York State of Mind

J.S. Bach Well Tempered Klavier

The collected works of Scott Joplin

Ray Charles Genius plus Soul

Charlie Parker Omnibook

Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life

Weather Report Mr. Gone

 

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most of the Elton John and Billy Joel catalogue.

 

Any modern tune that translates well to a piano arrangement.

Think... Bruno Mars - When I was Your Man. Katy Perry - Not Like The Movies, most of the Adele catalogue. Your looking for very memorable melodies with chord changes that sing on the piano. YMMV but that's what always works for me. And that's why standards are standards.

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Hoochie you are quite the poet. With some minor edits, this stuff belongs in the Haiku thread:

 

Hang with whatever

but stepping outside too far

get a little iffy.

 

We do some things like

Sinatra, Sade, Kitt, Armstrong

more on the pop side.

 

People want to talk.

If you really kill some tunes

they start listening

 

Ask Babs at the club

Her sons wedding - amazing.

They played their song

 

Sparklers and fireworks.

She can get you in touch. They

Even played our song

 

Kinda Bollywood.

And they love it. Show business

Even at weddings.

 

We are a drop in

the bucket compared to what

they spent on that cake.

 

Just wonderful.

 

Cheers, Mike.

 

 

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I have been adding some famous classical melodies to my solo rep. Debussy, Puccini, Bizet... but at the same gig I may play calypso, stride, boogie, and blues in addition to TGASB standard ballads.

 

I know you are discussing wedding band songlists more than solo piano, but thought I would add to the conversation.

"It is a danger to create something and risk rejection. It is a greater danger to create nothing and allow mediocrity to rule."

"You owe it to us all to get on with what you're good at." W.H. Auden

 

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most of the Elton John and Billy Joel catalogue.

 

Correct, that stuff usually works.

I was playing Honesty at a restaurant the other evening, and I hear someone say "Hey, Barry Mannilow!" That was a little upsetting.

 

But, Mannilow stuff also works well in that setting, people know those songs. Lots of cheese, but recognisable.

Luke

www.crossroadband.co.za

www.lukepowellmusic.com

 

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