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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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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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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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Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard

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Recorded in September 2003, this program includes several standards, giving a sense of familiarity to its essence. Pianist Bill Charlap enjoys a mellow groove. He squeezes the melody out of the piano as if it were coming from a rose petal. Nothing stands in his way as he sends each lyrical theme on its way. With bass and drums supplying his rhythmic foundation, the pianist moves gracefully over each selection with class.

For the most part, Charlap keeps ...

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Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard

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Bill Charlap is a tremendous player in concert. He leans into a solo like a sailor tacking into the wind during a Pacific gale; his hands can disappear into a blur, and they can touch the keys with a delicacy usually reserved for surgeons and safecrackers. Regardless of approach, the results are usually breathtaking, making Charlap's first live recording, Live at the Village Vanguard, such an exciting event.

This show happened during the legendary club's 70th anniversary celebration ...

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Bill Charlap: Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul

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With a crisp attack and seamless, lyrical phrasing, pianist Bill Charlap interprets this collection of ten Gershwin songs with authority. His septet allows plenty of room for each artist to speak his piece throughout, each soloing along individual lines.

Frank Wess is featured on “How Long Has This Been Going On?," which exhibits his slow and natural charm with a ballad. His warm and dry interpretation nestles into a cozy nook for a brief respite.

Phil ...

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Bill Charlap: Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul

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Pianist Bill Charlap continues his inexorable climb up the top-tier, big-time jazz mountain with Plays George Gershwin, his first release since last year's Somewhere: the Songs of Leonard Bernstein. Here this quintessentially New York pianist covers another quintessentially New York composer--in this case, one so frequently covered by jazz musicians that one wonders whether Charlap and his longstanding trio of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington can find anything new in Gershwin's music.But they can. And while ...

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Bill Charlap: Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul

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Pianist Bill Charlap continues to mine precious gems from the American songbook on this release dedicated to the music of lauded songwriter and composer George Gershwin. A lyrical pianist in his own right with a clear penchant for classic swing in a modern context, Charlap has an affinity with songs from yesterday (both of his parents were involved in Broadway).

The American Soul is the followup to 2004's Somewhere: The Songs Of Leonard Bernstein, and it ups the ante with ...

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Bill Charlap: Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul

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Pianist Bill Charlap limited himself to Leonard Bernstein-penned tunes for his previous album, Somewhere (Blue Note, 2004). For the followup (or -on, one might say) he has chosen to concentrate exclusively on another giant of American music, George Gershwin, with undoubtedly fine results.

The group shrinks and swells, depending on the treatment Charlap aims to give the material. The bandleader is flanked only by his familiar duo of Washingtons, drummer Kenny and bassist Peter (no relation), on the effervescent opener, ...