singers who also play piano

Posted by: grlglow

singers who also play piano - 07/22/09 05:50 PM

Who are your favorites singers who play piano or keyboard? Mine is Adrina Thorpe.
Posted by: AJF

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/22/09 07:28 PM

Shirley Horn, Nat King Cole, Diana Krall
Posted by: Starting Over

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/22/09 07:31 PM

Elton John is pretty good. Nat King Cole was a giant.
Posted by: AJF

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/22/09 07:43 PM

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.
Posted by: MAKitt

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/22/09 09:58 PM

Sara McClachlan. Current torch-singer in pop-rock medium.
Posted by: Little_Blue_Engine

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/22/09 10:00 PM

Elton John, Billy Joel, Ben Folds, Paul McCartney, Freddie Mercury, Tom Lehrer...
Posted by: FogAudio

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/23/09 10:35 AM

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.
Posted by: marimorimo

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/23/09 10:42 AM

She might not be uber-famous, but one of my favorite singers (and plays the piano to boot) is Vienna Teng.
Posted by: Ken Knapp

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/23/09 04:53 PM

One of my favorite Nat King Cole videos...

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

Ken
Posted by: Norbert

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/23/09 05:52 PM

Mine is Charlene Valdo.

Are you there Charlene?

Norbert wink
Posted by: TX-Dennis

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/23/09 08:27 PM

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.
Posted by: bluespianofan

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/23/09 08:38 PM

Otis Spann...
Posted by: J Cortese

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/23/09 08:39 PM

Billy Joel, Sarah McLachlan (I keep misspelling her name, sorry).
Posted by: Davinci

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/23/09 09:12 PM

Hehe I have problem with the spelling too. Another good one cross my mind, Alicia Keys.
Posted by: BDB

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/24/09 12:55 AM

Nat's brother Freddy Cole, Michael Feinstein, Allen Toussaint, Tori Amos, Randy Newman
Posted by: Nikalette

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/24/09 02:28 AM

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......
Posted by: Les Koltvedt

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/24/09 07:05 AM

Chauk me up as a Diana Krall fan (current artist). Billy Joel, Stevie, Dr. John, Elton & Cole come to mind to.
Posted by: Bachrocks

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/24/09 08:00 AM

Dr. John.
Posted by: AJF

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/24/09 11:47 AM

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.
Posted by: BDB

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/24/09 11:49 AM

Fats Waller
Posted by: J Cortese

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/24/09 01:29 PM

Oh, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Lee Lewis. *sigh* Can't believe I left them out ...
Posted by: Nikalette

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/24/09 01:35 PM

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"?
Posted by: M.O.P.

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/24/09 01:40 PM

...and the obscure, but very funny Capitol Steps...
Posted by: Nikalette

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/24/09 01:40 PM

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!
Posted by: jazzyprof

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/24/09 01:40 PM

The late, great Shirley Horn, amazing jazz vocalist and pianist: Shirley Horn
Posted by: Nikalette

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/24/09 01:52 PM

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.
Posted by: Nikalette

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/24/09 01:59 PM

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.
Posted by: Nikalette

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/24/09 02:01 PM

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.
Posted by: photowriters

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/24/09 02:18 PM

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.
Posted by: bluespianofan

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/24/09 09:38 PM

Memphis Slim...
Posted by: masaki

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/25/09 04:15 AM

Frances Faye
Posted by: Lycanthrope

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/25/09 04:18 AM

Tori Amos!
Posted by: vandyboy

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/25/09 09:56 AM

I have some more to add. John Lennon, while primarily a rhythm guitarist, played piano on a lot of his solo songs. I am a Donald Fagen fan; he provided some beautiful piano and keyboard work on Steely Dan's and his solo albums (of course, he also hired a lot of great studio pros to play as well.) Lastly, good old Leon Russell (a fellow Nashville resident who I see at the grocery store occasionally) sang and played piano on his own albums as well as for Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie, et al. Of the musicians listed above, Leon was by far the best pianist (and perhaps the worst singer) of the three.
Posted by: Norbert

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/25/09 12:04 PM

Not far from my shop is a little Restaurant-Grill that has an absolutely incredible lady pianist/singer.

She has played there for years and years and is teaching on the side. Listening to her you would never understand why she hasn't become famous.

Until you 'see' her.

Not beautiful, not even pretty.

But the most wonderful singer/performer I have ever seen and a person with a heart to match.

May I give "Gill" my vote.

Norbert thumb
Posted by: Nikalette

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/25/09 04:35 PM

Originally Posted By: vandyboy
I have some more to add. John Lennon, while primarily a rhythm guitarist, played piano on a lot of his solo songs. I am a Donald Fagen fan; he provided some beautiful piano and keyboard work on Steely Dan's and his solo albums (of course, he also hired a lot of great studio pros to play as well.) Lastly, good old Leon Russell (a fellow Nashville resident who I see at the grocery store occasionally) sang and played piano on his own albums as well as for Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie, et al. Of the musicians listed above, Leon was by far the best pianist (and perhaps the worst singer) of the three.



I forgot about Leon Russell. Also a really great record producer. He produced an Album by the great blues singer/guitarist Freddie King which was phenomenal.
Posted by: kilf

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/25/09 09:08 PM

Allison Crowe plays beautiful piano and has an amazing voice this video made me buy a piano and want to learn.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aB_YFW4-fU


"sigh" wish i could find the sheet music for her version
Posted by: FogAudio

Re: singers who also play piano - 07/25/09 10:58 PM

Donald Fagen... Nice one. I second that!