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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

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Article: Interview

Samara Joy McLendon: Ascension Into Jazz

Read "Samara Joy McLendon: Ascension Into Jazz" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


When Samara Joy McLendon performs, she takes her place, stands confidently and sings. Immediately the strength and richness of her voice--which is natural--grabs the attention of the listener. There are no gyrations. It's refreshing that a young artist doesn't see the need for unnecessary vocal gymnastics. Too often, those can miss the mark. McLendon's ...

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Article: Radio

Women in Jazz: Pianists / Composers

Read "Women in Jazz: Pianists / Composers" reviewed by Russell Perry


Until recently, women in jazz were predominantly singers and pianists. While women have expanded their contributions, women players still excel in both roles and there are an amazing group of women pianists enriching the music today, many of whom are top-flight composers. In our final program dedicated to women in jazz, celebrating an extended Women's History ...

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Article: Album Review

Justin Page: Lost and Found

Read "Lost and Found" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


All too often in life, people find themselves reminiscing about their past accomplishments, only wishing they could go back in time to pick up where they left off. Unfortunately, many never get the opportunity to try again. New York-based drummer Justin Page, however, is an exception. The album, Lost And Found, is an excellent comeback for ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

Some Kind Of Normal—The new, East Coast Jazz Festival

Read "Some Kind Of Normal—The new, East Coast Jazz Festival" reviewed by Peter Rubie


Todd Barkan is a Jazz Club owner, which is a bit like saying Sonny Rollins is a saxophonist. It doesn't really tell you very much unless you already know about them. But it's a start. After a year of the plague (Covid-19 in case you're in doubt), being a club owner is not unlike being a ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Charlap

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 ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir

Read "Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir" reviewed by Jim Worsley


With so many talented jazz pianists over the years, it can be a challenge to make your own mark or carve out your own identity. Many fine musicians have simply blended into the scene, seemingly unnoticed, due to a lack of singularity that sets them apart. Tamir Hendelman crashes that barrier with a signature sound that ...

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Article: Interview

Bill Bruford: In the Court of the Percussion King

Read "Bill Bruford: In the Court of the Percussion King" reviewed by Mike Brannon


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in March 2001. A charmed life might be a good way of describing that of Bill Bruford. Always at the center of and driving vastly creative projects, including King Crimson, Yes, Earthworks, Genesis, Bruford, Gong and many other collaborations of like minds, ...

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Article: Radio

No Ordinary Love - Celebrating Jazz Aquarians Barbara Carroll, Etta James and Sade Adu

Read "No Ordinary Love - Celebrating Jazz Aquarians Barbara Carroll, Etta James and Sade Adu" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week our playlist includes new releases by pianists Yelena Eckemoff and Marina Albero, trumpetist Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, and trombonist Audrey Ochoa, plus birthday shout outs to Etta James, Barbara Carroll, Sade, Mariah Parker, Adi Meyerson, Kate McGarry, Lizz Wright, Peter Eldridge, Cheryl Bentyne and Chelsea McBride, among others. Also a nod to Mary Lou Williams, ...

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Article: Radio

Never Forget to Say Thank You

Read "Never Forget to Say Thank You" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week we feature Grammy nominees and finalists from the Hot House/Jazzmobile NYC Readers Jazz Awards, a new release from Alice Ricciardi and Pietro Lussu, plus birthday shout outs to June Christy, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mandel, Etta Jones, pianist Geoffrey Keezer and Michelle Ann May of Musique Noire, among others. Playlist Musique Noire “Pretty ...


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