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#1235523 - 07/22/09 05:50 PM singers who also play piano
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Who are your favorites singers who play piano or keyboard? Mine is Adrina Thorpe.

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#1235575 - 07/22/09 07:28 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: grlglow]
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Shirley Horn, Nat King Cole, Diana Krall

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#1235578 - 07/22/09 07:31 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: AJF]
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Elton John is pretty good. Nat King Cole was a giant.
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#1235585 - 07/22/09 07:43 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: Starting Over]
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Nat Cole was one of those very rare artists who was equally great as both a singer and pianist. I think because he was such an influencial singer his contribution to the world of jazz piano is sometimes underrated. Same goes for Duke Ellington the composer vs. Duke the piano giant.

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#1235644 - 07/22/09 09:58 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: AJF]
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Sara McClachlan. Current torch-singer in pop-rock medium.
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#1235645 - 07/22/09 10:00 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: AJF]
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Elton John, Billy Joel, Ben Folds, Paul McCartney, Freddie Mercury, Tom Lehrer...
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#1235839 - 07/23/09 10:35 AM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: grlglow]
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On the piano side:
Norah Jones comes to my mind.
As does Bruce hornsby though his piano is much better than his voice.

On the keyboard side I would have to say Steve Winwood.

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#1235845 - 07/23/09 10:42 AM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: FogAudio]
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She might not be uber-famous, but one of my favorite singers (and plays the piano to boot) is Vienna Teng.
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#1236092 - 07/23/09 04:53 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: marimorimo]
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One of my favorite Nat King Cole videos...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1loV9_xLF8Q

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#1236132 - 07/23/09 05:52 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: Ken Knapp]
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Mine is Charlene Valdo.

Are you there Charlene?

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#1236208 - 07/23/09 08:27 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: Norbert]
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That video is priceless, Ken. Nat Cole is, of course, a legend. Diana Krall is my current favorite singer/pianist although her newest album is not her best IMHO. I've also enjoyed listening to Harry Connick, Jr., Norah Jones, and Dr. John over the years. Let's not forget forum favorites, Peyton, Bill, & Rick as well.
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#1236213 - 07/23/09 08:38 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Otis Spann...
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#1236215 - 07/23/09 08:39 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: TX-Dennis]
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Billy Joel, Sarah McLachlan (I keep misspelling her name, sorry).
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#1236228 - 07/23/09 09:12 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: J Cortese]
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Hehe I have problem with the spelling too. Another good one cross my mind, Alicia Keys.

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#1236292 - 07/24/09 12:55 AM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: Davinci]
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Nat's brother Freddy Cole, Michael Feinstein, Allen Toussaint, Tori Amos, Randy Newman
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#1236319 - 07/24/09 02:28 AM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: BDB]
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Nina Simone, for her brilliant piano playing and passion

Marcia Ball, fantastical rockabilly, boogie-woogie, Texas blues piano playing.

I love watching Marcia Ball, sitting sitting sideways at the keyboard with her legs crossed singing away with her fingers flying.

Ray Charles, of course

Chi Coltrane (I think that was her last name) ... I had an album of hers a long time ago...

Jerry Lee Lewis

Fats Domino

The amazing Stevie Wonder....

Just to name a few......

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#1236364 - 07/24/09 07:05 AM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: Nikalette]
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Chauk me up as a Diana Krall fan (current artist). Billy Joel, Stevie, Dr. John, Elton & Cole come to mind to.
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#1236369 - 07/24/09 08:00 AM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: Les Koltvedt]
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Dr. John.

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#1236464 - 07/24/09 11:47 AM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: Nikalette]
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Originally Posted By: Nikalette
Nina Simone, for her brilliant piano playing and passion

Marcia Ball, fantastical rockabilly, boogie-woogie, Texas blues piano playing.

I love watching Marcia Ball, sitting sitting sideways at the keyboard with her legs crossed singing away with her fingers flying.

Ray Charles, of course

Chi Coltrane (I think that was her last name) ... I had an album of hers a long time ago...

Jerry Lee Lewis

Fats Domino

The amazing Stevie Wonder....

Just to name a few......



STEVIE WONDER!!! Of course! How could we get this far without mentioning Stevie. A killer voice, a killer songwriter, and a BADASS keyboard player.

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#1236465 - 07/24/09 11:49 AM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: AJF]
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Fats Waller
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#1236557 - 07/24/09 01:29 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: BDB]
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Oh, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Lee Lewis. *sigh* Can't believe I left them out ...
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#1236561 - 07/24/09 01:35 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: J Cortese]
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Let's not forget the fabulous and hilarious Little Richard!

I also love Elvis' keyboard player, but I guess he didn't sing....have you heard his cool playing on "Teddy Bear"?

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#1236569 - 07/24/09 01:40 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: Nikalette]
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...and the obscure, but very funny Capitol Steps...
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#1236570 - 07/24/09 01:40 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: J Cortese]
Nikalette Offline
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meuseE2hYyc&feature=related

During a night of insomnia I ran across a Marcia Ball concert on one of the public television stations.

Check it out! If the link doesn't work, do a U-tube search for Marcia Ball and "Play with Your Poodle."

I just love her complete lack of appropriate keyboard posture!

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#1236571 - 07/24/09 01:40 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: Nikalette]
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The late, great Shirley Horn, amazing jazz vocalist and pianist: Shirley Horn
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#1236574 - 07/24/09 01:52 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: Norbert]
Nikalette Offline
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yRdDnrB5kM

Yet another piano player who thumbed his nose at correct posture. wink

My daughter pulled this up...she's 15 but been crazy about Jerry Lee (whom she refers to as Jerry Lewis) since she was 4.

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#1236576 - 07/24/09 01:59 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: Nikalette]
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J55_T0Dh01c&feature=related

Okay, I'll stop now. My infatuation with the really ballsy rock of the 50's is that Little Richard, Jerry Lee, Elvis.....they didn't exactly invent sex, but they sure brought it out of the closet. On some of the U-tube videos the looks on the faces of some of first wave of crossover white audiences to this type of music is priceless...a combination of delight, fear, and transformation.

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#1236578 - 07/24/09 02:01 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: Nikalette]
Nikalette Offline
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Originally Posted By: Nikalette
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J55_T0Dh01c&feature=related

Okay, I'll stop now. My infatuation with the really ballsy rock of the 50's is that Little Richard, Jerry Lee, Elvis.....they didn't exactly invent sex, but they sure brought it out of the closet. On some of the U-tube videos the looks on the faces of some of first wave of crossover white audiences to this type of music is priceless...a combination of delight, fear, and transformation.



Oh, and PS: the only reason any of the stuff got recorded and performed is nobody was really sure what they were singing about, altho' to our jaded modern eyes it's all so obvious.

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#1236593 - 07/24/09 02:18 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: Nikalette]
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Karrin Allyson plays and sings at the same time. At least she did when she was living and performing here in Kansas City. She may be doing something different now in New York City.
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#1236867 - 07/24/09 09:38 PM Re: singers who also play piano [Re: photowriters]
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