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Bill Charlap

Bill Charlap was born in New York City into a musical family. His father, Moose Charlap, was a Broadway composer and songwriter whose credits included the scores to "Peter Pan, The Conquering Hero," "Whoop-up," "Alice Through the Looking Glass" and "Kelly."

His mother, Sandy Stewart, is a popular song singer who performed with Benny Goodman, co-starred on TV's Perry Como Show and scored a Grammy nomination for her hit single, "My Coloring Book" by the songwriting team of Kander and Ebb. Mr. Charlap began playing the piano at a very young age. He studied with jazz pianist Jack Reilly and classical pianist Eleanor Hancock and informally picked up pointers from jazz/popular song pianist Dick Hyman, who was a distant cousin on his father's side.

Mr. Charlap was fully thrust into the jazz world in the late '80s when he joined baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan's quintet and in 1994 was enlisted by alto saxophonist Phil Woods for his band. Mr. Charlap was the musical director of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, A Celebration of Johnny Mercer as a part of the JVC Jazz Festival in New York and later took the revue on the road.

He started his solo recording career in 1994 and has released several albums. In 1996, he began playing with his fine working trio of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. The group has recorded four CDs: 1997's All Through the Night on Criss Cross Records and three Blue Note Records albums: 2000's Written in the Stars (a collection of Great American Songbook standards), 2002's Stardust (celebrating the songs of Hoagy Carmichael) and 2004's Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein, for which he received a Grammy nomination.

Mr. Charlap received the pianist of the year Jazz Award in 2003 from the Jazz Journalists Association and was named outstanding jazz soloist by Manhattan's Night Life Awards in 2003 and 2004. In 2004, he and his mother received the top jazz duo Bistro Award for their engagement at the Algonquin in New York. In 2004, Mr. Charlap and his trio opened Jazz at Lincoln Center's venue Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at the organization's new performance center on Columbus Circle in the Time- Warner Building. He was also enlisted by J@LC to put together a series of concerts honoring great songwriters, including Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Alden, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers. In July 2005, Charlap succeeded Dick Hyman as Artistic Director of Jazz In July at the 92nd Street Y's Tisch Center for the Arts.

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Bill Charlap Trio at the Treelawn Music Hall

Read "Bill Charlap Trio at the Treelawn Music Hall" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Over the past decade or so, Cleveland's Waterloo District has been known primarily for its artsy community and for the frequent concerts that occur at the renowned Beachland Ballroom. With the majority of the shows at that venue coming from the rock and alternative genre, jazz has not been given a prominent voice in the area. That all changed about eighteen months ago with the purchase of the Slovenian Workmen's Home just up the street from the Beachland. Among several ...

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Bill Charlap Trio at Jazz, TX

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Bill Charlap Trio Jazz, TX San Antonio, Texas November 14, 2023 Back in March 2020, the Bill Charlap Trio featuring Peter Washington and Kenny Washington was the last act hosted by Jazz, TX before the pandemic shut everything down. They made a deep impression, and--nearly four years later--the club was excited to welcome them back, as was the capacity crowd. The trio opened, appropriately, with Kenny Barron's “And Then Again," a fast bebop blues ...

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Bill Charlap's Stardust

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From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in April 2002. As was evident in his first trio releases for Criss Cross, pianist Bill Charlap is genuinely interested in beauty. In his hands, even the most overt swingers seem to find melody expressed as a prime ingredient, with a lithe use of space and dynamics providing the shading to his most personal expressions. While 2000's Written in the Stars might have communicated Charlap's finest ...

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Meet Bill Charlap

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From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in March 2001. Songwriter Moose Charlap (father) and show business childhood He wrote lyrics to some things, not too many. He mainly wrote music, played piano, and sang. He wasn't a pianist per se--he sort of demonstrated his own music. I wasn't like a “show business brat." I just did what came naturally--some people I'd perform in front of, and some I wouldn't. Nobody ever forced ...

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Bill Charlap: Intellect And Emotion

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"I don't ever remember a time when I didn't play the piano," reflects pianist Bill Charlap, who has become one of the giants of his generation on his instrument of choice, as evidenced by the array of other great players with whom he has performed. With his deft and agile approach he can summon a fiery intensity on the most difficult pieces and play with dreamy subtlety on softer things, like when accompanying a singer--a specialty of his.

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Dick Hyman, Harold Betters & Bill Charlap

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Our 737th Episode of Neon Jazz begins with celebrated NYC pianist Bill Charlap with a cut from his Street of Dreams (Blue Note, 2021). From there, we hear Gerry Mulligan and a story from Bill about his time on the bandstand with the legend. We also get into new music from Elena Macque and hear about her love of saxophone great Kenny Garrett. As the show moves on, we also hear new music from David Janeway, Rachel Therrien and John ...

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Bill Charlap Trio at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

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Bill Charlap Trio Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Jazz on Stage with Matt Wilson Brookville, NY November 8, 2015 To witness pianist Bill Charlap in action is to receive an education, so who better than the newly-appointed Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University to help kick off a new performance and education initiative at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts? While Jazz has always been part ...

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World-Renowned Smoke Jazz Club Announces Piano-Packed Month Of July Featuring Ethan Iverson, Bill Charlap, And More

World-Renowned Smoke Jazz Club Announces Piano-Packed Month Of July Featuring Ethan Iverson, Bill Charlap, And More

Source: AMT Public Relations

Entering its second quarter century as committed as ever to pure jazz (All About Jazz),” SMOKE Jazz Club continues its 25th anniversary season with another month of today’s leading artists in jazz. July begins with a reincarnation of the 1959 Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane recording In Chicago with performances July 3-7 by the Vincent Herring and Eric Alexander Quintet. The remainder of the month SMOKE honors the piano with three of today’s preeminent pianists playing on the club’s Steinway ...

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Midsummer MusicFest: New Annual Festival Debuts With Jazz In July And An Additional Week Of Jazz-Fueled, Genre-Blurring Events

Midsummer MusicFest: New Annual Festival Debuts With Jazz In July And An Additional Week Of Jazz-Fueled, Genre-Blurring Events

Source: Michael Ricci

The 92nd Street Y, New York announces Midsummer MusicFest, a new summer festival debuting this year in celebration of 92NY’s 150th anniversary. Envisioned as an annual summer event inspired by a musical genre that has made a significant impact on 92NY’s programming, the festival launches this year with three weeks focusing on jazz. Midsummer MusicFest 2023 runs from July 11-27 and includes 92NY’s signature Jazz in July festival led by artistic director Bill Charlap, plus additional performances that showcase jazz’s ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Charlap's birthday today!

Bill Charlap was born in New York City into a musical family. His father, Moose Charlap, was a Broadway composer and songwriter whose credits included the scores to “Peter Pan, The Conquering Hero," “Whoop-up," “Alice Through the Looking Glass" and “Kelly." His mother, Sandy Stewart, is a popular song singer who performed with Benny Goodman, co-starred on TV's Perry Como Show and scored a Grammy nomination for her hit single, “My ...

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Bill Charlap And The Bill Charlap Trio Celebrate The Theater Songs Of Leonard Bernstein, Friday, June 17th at 7:30 p.m.

Bill Charlap And The Bill Charlap Trio Celebrate The Theater Songs Of Leonard Bernstein, Friday, June 17th at 7:30 p.m.

Source: AMT Public Relations

Leonard Bernstein composed some of the most memorable theater scores of his generation—"West Side Story." “Candide." “On the Town."— but who was the man behind the music? This edition of NJPAC’s Conversations in Concert, hosted by theater insider Ted Chapin, promises to be a thought-provoking evening of stories about the iconic composer-conductor complemented by Bernstein songs. Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie, will pull back the curtain of her father’s complex persona, sharing intimate moments and childhood memories from her book, Famous Father ...

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Bill Charlap And Bill Charlap Trio Celebrate The Theater Songs Of Leonard Bernstein At New Jersey Performing Arts Center on January 29

Bill Charlap And Bill Charlap Trio Celebrate The Theater Songs Of Leonard Bernstein At New Jersey Performing Arts Center on January 29

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Saturday, January 29th at 7:30 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Leonard Bernstein composed some of the most memorable theater scores of his generation—West Side Story. Candide. On the Town—but who was the man behind the music? This edition of NJPAC’s Conversations in Concert, hosted by theater insider Ted Chapin, promises to be a thought-provoking evening of stories about the iconic composer-conductor complemented by Bernstein songs. Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie, will pull back the curtain of her father’s complex ...

Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Charlap's birthday today!

Bill Charlap was born in New York City into a musical family. His father, Moose Charlap, was a Broadway composer and songwriter whose credits included the scores to “Peter Pan, The Conquering Hero," “Whoop-up," “Alice Through the Looking Glass" and “Kelly." His mother, Sandy Stewart, is a popular song singer who performed with Benny Goodman, co-starred on TV's Perry Como Show and scored a Grammy nomination for her hit single, “My ...

Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Charlap's birthday today!

Bill Charlap was born in New York City into a musical family. His father, Moose Charlap, was a Broadway composer and songwriter whose credits included the scores to “Peter Pan, The Conquering Hero," “Whoop-up," “Alice Through the Looking Glass" and “Kelly." His mother, Sandy Stewart, is a popular song singer who performed with Benny Goodman, co-starred on TV's Perry Como Show and scored a Grammy nomination for her hit single, “My ...

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Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Charlap's birthday today!

Bill Charlap was born in New York City into a musical family. His father, Moose Charlap, was a Broadway composer and songwriter whose credits included the scores to “Peter Pan, The Conquering Hero," “Whoop-up," “Alice Through the Looking Glass" and “Kelly." His mother, Sandy Stewart, is a popular song singer who performed with Benny Goodman, co-starred on TV\'s Perry Como Show and scored a Grammy nomination for her hit single... Read ...

Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Charlap's birthday today!

Bill Charlap was born in New York City into a musical family. His father, Moose Charlap, was a Broadway composer and songwriter whose credits included the scores to “Peter Pan, The Conquering Hero," “Whoop-up," “Alice Through the Looking Glass" and “Kelly." His mother, Sandy Stewart, is a popular song singer who performed with Benny Goodman, co-starred on TV\'s Perry Como Show and scored a Grammy nomination for her hit single... Read ...

Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Charlap's birthday today!

Bill Charlap was born in New York City into a musical family. His father, Moose Charlap, was a Broadway composer and songwriter whose credits included the scores to “Peter Pan, The Conquering Hero," “Whoop-up," “Alice Through the Looking Glass" and “Kelly." His mother, Sandy Stewart, is a popular song singer who performed with Benny Goodman, co-starred on TV\'s Perry Como Show and scored a Grammy nomination for her hit single... Read ...

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Street Of Dreams

Blue Note
2021

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Love Is Here To Stay

Verve Records
2018

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Notes From New York

Impulse! Records
2016

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Oscar, With Love

Mack Avenue
2015

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The Silver Lining:...

Columbia Records
2015

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