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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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Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern

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Tony Bennett and pianist Bill Charlap explore the songbook of Jerome Kern on this new release from RPM/Columbia Records. A return to intimate small group jazz, the album marks a welcome reprieve for Bennett, whose work in recent years has been dominated by over-produced duets with an array of current pop superstars. Charlap's well thought out arrangements and sympathetic accompaniment allow Bennett the space he needs to truly take ownership of the material, which includes staples such as “All the ...

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Bill Charlap-Renee Rosnes at Musical Instrument Museum

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Bill Charlap-Renee Rosnes Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, Arizona June 4, 2014 Facing each other at a nestled pair of nine-foot concert grand pianos, Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes combined their 20 fingers for a compelling concert that didn't rely solely on the Great American Songbook. While there was a bit of George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers, the program offered a refreshingly varied and intriguing repertoire. They mostly worked from charts related to their ...

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Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes: Double Portrait

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Many people believe that married couples have a telepathic connection. This recording puts that theory to the test, with two of the most important pianists in jazz today--who also happen to be husband and wife--sitting down for a duo piano recital. Charlap's own work with drummer Kenny Washington and bassist Peter Washington has positioned him as one of the key voices in the piano trio format. His selection of standards and exquisite, classy recording projects have given ...

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Bill Charlap Trio in Ann Arbor

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Bill Charlap Trio University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan October 2, 2009While much of the credit for reinventing the standard repertoire via the piano trio can go to Keith Jarrett, the pianist's muse is more about using such chestnuts as a launching point for his own self-probing and extended improvisations. In the case of fellow pianist Bill Charlap, the focus is on just the opposite. His aim is to frame these trinkets in ...

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Freddy Cole / The Bill Charlap Trio: Music Maestro Please

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"How's it going? Let's talk some. That's the kind of atmosphere Freddy Cole sings. He's casual, chatty and comforting, like a good old friend. A bit more gravel in his voice these days only adds to the warmth of his style. In a choice set of selections from the Great American Songbook there are some particular standouts. “Music Maestro Please serves as a last-call-for-alcohol moment perfectly suited to Cole's particular swinging ever so gentle buddy-to-buddy style. When he drifts into ...

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The Bill Charlap Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard

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Bill Charlap delivers on this live date with a trio documented on four previous Blue Note releases. Recorded at the Village Vanguard during the club's weeklong 70th anniversary celebration, this CD pulls together a tasty selection of material and even tastier performances. Charlap with Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums) have worked together for a decade and their chemistry has produced an appealing cohesion. This is a well-paced offering with solid recitals on every track. The ...

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Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y--Diz and Bird: Bebop Today

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Jazz in July FestivalBird & Diz: Bebop Today92nd Street YNew York, NYJuly 19, 2007 The Jazz in July series, which runs from Tuesday through Thursday for two weeks, is a venerable institution that has existed for the past twenty years. In the past, pianist Dick Hyman was the creative director, but this is the third year under the direction of pianist Bill Charlap. This night's theme, Diz & Bird: ...


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