Bob Strain is a classically trained pianist who specializes in jazz and the American songbook of standards. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from Shepherd University, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from Shenandoah Conservatory.

He has performed extensively in the Washington, DC region, with long-term engagements at venues such as the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, the Gaylord National Hotel at National Harbor, MD, Mr. Henry's of Georgetown, the Bavarian Inn of Shepherdstown, WV, and Friends piano bars at Dupont Circle and Georgetown.

As a solo pianist, Bob has an extensive repertoire of American standards (Gershwin, Kern, Berlin, Porter, Arlen, Rogers, and more), and is fluent in a range of styles from "cocktail piano" to stride, ragtime, Dixieland, and pop. His jazz repertoire includes many works by Ellington, Evans, Monk, Shorter, and others. He also maintains a substantial repertoire from the classical canon.






Genre: American Songbook of standards -
Richard Rodgers - Isn't it romantic?
Richard Rodgers - My romance
Richard Rodgers - Spring is here
Richard Rodgers - If I loved you
Richard Rodgers - The lady is a tramp
Richard Rodgers - Where or when
Richard Rodgers - Wait til you see her
Richard Rodgers - Love, look away
Richard Rodgers - Out of my dreams
Richard Rodgers - I could write a book
Richard Rodgers - Little girl blue
Richard Rodgers - It might as well be spring
Richard Rodgers - Carousel waltz
Richard Rodgers - Have you met Miss Jones?
Richard Rodgers - Small hotel
Richard Rodgers - Something wonderful
Richard Rodgers - Some enchanted evening
Richard Rodgers - Younger than springtime
Cole Porter - Easy to love
Cole Porter - Begin the beguine
Cole Porter - Just one of those things
Cole Porter - I love you
Cole Porter - Anything goes
Cole Porter - In the still of the night
Cole Porter - I love Paris
Cole Porter - Do I love you?
Cole Porter - Let's fall in love
Cole Porter - I concentrate on you
Cole Porter - Night and day
Cole Porter - All of you
Cole Porter - True love
Cole Porter - It's de-lovely
Cole Porter - Every time we say goodbye
Cole Porter - So in love
Cole Porter - What is this thing called love?
Cole Porter - You'd be so nice to come home to
George Gershwin - Embraceable you
George Gershwin - I got plenty of nothin'
George Gershwin - Summertime
George Gershwin - The man I love
George Gershwin - I got rhythm
George Gershwin - Fascinating rhythm
George Gershwin - Somebody loves me
George Gershwin - Biding my time
George Gershwin - Someone to watch over me
George Gershwin - But not for me
George Gershwin - Bess, you is my woman now
George Gershwin - I love you, Porgy
George Gershwin - My man's gone now
George Gershwin - A foggy day
Irving Berlin - How deep is the ocean?
Irving Berlin - Always
Irving Berlin - Blue skies
Irving Berlin - Alexander's ragtime band
Irving Berlin - What'll I Do?
Irving Berlin - You'll never know
Irving Berlin - Let's face the music and dance
Irving Berlin - Dancing cheek to cheek
Irving Berlin - Falling in love is wonderful
Jerome Kern - Smoke gets in your eyes
Jerome Kern - The way you look tonight
Jerome Kern - The last time I saw Paris
Jerome Kern - All the things you are
Jerome Kern - I'm old fashioned
Jerome Kern - I won't dance
Stephen Sondheim - Pretty women
Stephen Sondheim - Not a day goes by
Stephen Sondheim - A little night music (waltz)
Stephen Sondheim - Another hundred people
Stephen Sondheim - Losing my mind
Stephen Sondheim - Broadway baby
Stephen Sondheim - Being alive
Stephen Sondheim - Anyone can whistle
Arlen - Stormy weather
Arlen - When the sun comes out
Arlen - Blues in the night
Arlen - Over the rainbow
Weill - Speak low
Burke - But beautiful
Burke - Here's that rainy day
Burke - Moonlight becomes you
Burke - It could happen to you
Carmichael - Skylark
Carmichael - Stardust
Waller - Ain't misbehaving
Waller - Mean to me
Waller - I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
Waller - September song
Mancini - Moon river
Mancini - Dreamsville
Stein - Funny
Bernstein - Some other time
Bernstein - Somewhere
Bernstein - Tonight
Loesser - I'll know
Loesser - I've never been in love before
Loesser - A woman in love
Loesser - Everything's coming up roses
Loesser - Maria
Genre: Jazz (solo piano) -
Ellington/Strayhorn - Solitude
Ellington/Strayhorn - In a sentimental mood
Ellington/Strayhorn - Lush life
Ellington/Strayhorn - Caravan
Ellington/Strayhorn - Take the A train
Ellington/Strayhorn - Mood indigo
Ellington/Strayhorn - Don't get around much any more
Ellington/Strayhorn - Things ain't the way they used to be
Ellington/Strayhorn - Satin doll
Ellington/Strayhorn - I let a song go out of my heart
Ellington/Strayhorn - I got it bad and that ain't good
Ellington/Strayhorn - Chelsea bridge
Miles Davis - Nardis
Miles Davis - Four
Miles Davis - Solar
Miles Davis - Tune Up
Bill Evans - Waltz for Debby
Bill Evans - Peri's scope
Bill Evans - Turn out the stars
Bill Evans - Epilogue
Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave
Antonio Carlos Jobim - Triste
Antonio Carlos Jobim - How insensitive
Antonio Carlos Jobim - Girl from Ipanema
Antonio Carlos Jobim - Desafinado
Antonio Carlos Jobim - Dindi
Nelson - Stolen moments
Monk - Well, you needn't
Monk - Straight, no chaser
Shorter - Footprints
Shorter - House of jade
Shorter - Miyako
Shorter - Deluge
Shorter - Virgo
Shorter - Fall
Hancock - Dolphin dance
Hancock - Tell me a bedtime story
Genre: Pop/classic rock (solo piano) -
Beatles - Here comes the sun
Beatles - Something
Beatles - If I fell for you
Beatles - Yesterday
Beatles - Blackbird
Beatles - Here, there, and everywhere
Beatles - Hey Jude
Beatles - Michelle
Beatles - Lady Madonna
Beatles - Fool on the hill
Elton John - Your song
Elton John - Goodbye, yellow brick road
Van Morrison - Moondance
Stevie Nicks - Landslide
Sandy Denny - Who knows where the time goes?
Cindi Lauper - Time after time
Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
Leonard Cohen - Sisters of Mercy
Joni Mitchell - Michael from Mountains
Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now
Carole King - Will You Love Me Tomorrow
Genre: Classical solo piano -
Chopin - Nocturne in Eb
Chopin - Etude in E
Chopin - Ballade No. 1
Chopin - Prelude in A
Chopin - Prelude in E minor
Chopin - Prelude in Db "Raindrop"
Chopin - Waltz in Ab
Chopin - Scherzo No. 4
Chopin - Prelude in C minor
Chopin - Mazurka in A minor
Debussy - Reverie
Debussy - Etude No. 11
Mozart - Sonata in G
Bach - Prelude and Fugue in Bb minor
Bach - Gavotte
Bach - Prelude in C major
Bach - Prelude in C minor
Schubert - Impromptu in Ab
Rachmaninoff - La Polichinelle