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Route 66

Route 66 – Nat “King” Cole cover “Route 66,” written by Bobby Troupe, was first recorded by Nat “King” Cole for Capitol Records in 1946. The title on the single was originally “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66.” I’ve been performing this song since the 1970’s, and it has been one of my favorite jazz/blues…

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Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

“Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” was written by Duke Ellington and Bob Russell. Ellington wrote the music as a feature for alto sax man Johnny Hodges in 1940, and it was originally titled “Never No Lament.” This is the first Duke Ellington song that I learned, over 35 years ago. I’ve performed it off an…

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How Long Blues

“How Long Blues,” also known as “How Long, How Long Blues,” was first recorded by Leroy Carr with Scrapper Blackwell in 1928. It was claimed to have sold over one million copies, and became an early blues standard. Leroy Carr was the pianist and vocalist on the recording, and was accompanied by Blackwell on guitar.…

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Without A Song

“Without A Song” – Vincent Youmans, Billy Rose and Edward Eliscu. I originally recorded “Without A Song” for my 2008 CD American Standard Blue, and on the Cd I played the song like I do in the video: solo piano and voice. You can listen to it here: http://peterhostage.com/cds (Toggle through the album pictures to…

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Come Rain or Come Shine

“Come Rain or Come Shine” is one of my favorite Mercer/Arlen tunes, because of its bluesy flavor. I recorded the song in 2008 for my album American Standard Blue. In this video I follow the same basic arrangement, minus the full band (of course!). “Come Rain or Come Shine” was written by Harold Arlen and…

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Li’l Liza Jane

“Li’l Liza Jane” (also known as “Little Liza Jane,” “Liza Jane,” and “Eliza Jane”) is a song that has roots that go deep in the American musical tradition. The song as vocal and instrumental has become a standard in the jazz, blues, folk and bluegrass traditions. It is a staple in New Orleans brass bands…

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Your Mind Is On Vacation

Your Mind Is On Vacation – Mose Allison Cover As a jazz-blues singer/pianist, Mose Allison, who wrote “Your Mind Is on Vacation,” is one of the artists that has greatly influenced me and my approach to music. I played the song (but not very well) from about the time I first started playing piano in…

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One for My Baby

One For My Baby (and One More for the Road) – Frank Sinatra Cover “One For My Baby (and One More for the Road)” – music by Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer. “One For My Baby,” one of my favorite Arlen/Mercer tunes because of its bluesy flavor, was written for the 1943 film The…

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Rockin’ Chair

Rockin’ Chair – Hoagy Charmichael piano/vocal cover Hoagy Charmichael is one of my favorite songwriters. Some other songs he’s responsible for include “Georgia On My Mind,” “Stardust,” “Skylark,” “Lazybones,” “Lazy River,” and many more. Hoagy Charmichael wrote “Rockin’ Chair” in 1929. He recorded it numerous times, and the first version was a test recording for…

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Norwegian Wood

Here’s my jazz piano/vocal version of “Norwegian Wood” “Norwegian Wood” is a Beatle song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was first recorded on October 12, 1965; but the final version on the album Rubber Soul (maybe my favorite Beatle album) was recorded on October 21, 1965. The song lyrics, written primarily by…

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