*** All of the classic piano songs that remind you of the martinis, cigars & lounges of yesterday->
There is something undeniably cool about a jazz-filled evening, especially when a piano with lounge-inspired vocals leads the way.
Imagine the smoke-filled bar, the leather seats and evening dresses, the piano with a jazzy performer taking requests from a bowl filled with scribbles of paper and ten dollar tips. And the songs all fittingly the same old standards from Frank Sinatra to Billy Joel.
The sounds and song lists that centre around this familiar setting inspired us to create a category for them here we fittingly titled "Piano-Lounge-Cool." Here we will take a look at a few different streams of these classic sing-a-longs to help inspire your music lists for similar evenings filled with classy piano favourites.
COOL VOCAL JAZZ These are the songs that live on generations since they were first written. Classic performers like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong popularized these songs, bringing emotion and romance that would live beyond them. Cigars and scotch are absolutely appropriate.
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong Unforgettable - Nat King Cole Cheek to Cheek - Ella Fitzgerald That's Amore - Dean Martin
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
It Had To Be You - Harry Connick Jr.
Fever - Peggy Lee My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone Volare- Dean Martin Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darrin
What A Difference A Day Makes - Dinah Washington
L.O.V.E. - Nat King Cole A Kiss To Build A Dream On - Louis Armstrong Young At Heart - Frank Sinatra
PIANO CLASSICS Younger than the classic vocal jazz before them, but still old enough that your parents know all of the words. These are the musicians that were heavily influenced by their Classic Jazz predecessors and would help the genre live on through the second half of the 20th Century. Trade your cigars for cigarettes and your scotch for a dirty martini.
Piano Man - Billy Joel
Your Song- Elton John Stand By Me - Ben E. King In My Life - The Beatles Imagine - John Lennon Moondance- Van Morrison
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters Georgia - Ray Charles My Girl - The Temptations You Are The Sunshine Of My Life - Stevie Wonder Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye You Really Got A Hold On Me - The Miracles Lean On Me - Bill Withers
MODERN LOUNGE The talented performers of the past 20 years have kept this important genre alive, making some of the most romantic, heartfelt and thoughtful music yet. No longer is smoking an option in these fancy new lounges, vodka and soda the new drink for breath-conscious drinkers. But please, feel free to find a table in the back and righteously drink your scotch anyway.
City Of Stars - LaLaLand All Of Me - John Legend Home - Michael Buble The Look Of Love - Diana Krall Stay With Me - Sam Smith If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys Make You Feel My Love - Adele Come Away With Me - Norah Jones Save Room - John Legend I Know You Know - Esperanza Spalding Fall On Me - Andrea & Mateo Bocelli Someone Like You - Adele Don't Know Why - Norah Jones Narrow Daylight - Diana Krall
Everything - Michael Buble