Lex 18 is delighted to showcase the talents of pianist virtuoso Bob Strain and double bassist Bill Fouty. Jazz never sounded so good with these two professionals. From jazz delights of Duke Ellington to classics of Cole Porter to the romantic sounds of Nat King Cole these musicians capture the essence of their sounds.
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.