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Bill Charlap

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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: Live Review

The Jazz Cruise 2024

Read "The Jazz Cruise 2024" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright


Celebrity Summit The Jazz Cruise Miami, Labadee, Puerto Plata, St. Thomas January 18-25, 2024 Founded by Anita E. Berry in 2001, The Jazz Cruise has been offering patrons a yearly action-packed weeklong jazz experience at sea with some 100 world-class musicians in 200 hours of programming ...

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Article: In Pictures

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. ...

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Article: Live Review

Bill Charlap Trio at Jazz, TX

Read "Bill Charlap Trio at Jazz, TX" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright


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 ...

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Article: In Pictures

Day 3 at Newport Jazz Festival: Hearing the Future and Honoring the History

Read "Day 3 at Newport Jazz Festival: Hearing the Future and Honoring the History" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Sunday, the fest's final day, was glorious, with perfect weather and large, enthusiastic crowds. Friday and Saturday had killer lineups, but the festival arguably saved the best for last. There were a total of 17 acts. This included young emerging stars such as Samara Joy and ...

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Article: Profile

Paula West and the Art of Making Art

Read "Paula West and the Art of Making Art" reviewed by Mathew Bahl


Jazz singing is like a horse race. To the casual eye, all the horses in the stall look the same. But they aren't. Some have more talent. Some are better trained. Some have better jockeys. Some are more exciting to watch. But no matter what we see or don't see, what the odds might be, or ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts To Abbey Lincoln, Dorothy Ashby, Regina Carter, Connie Converse & More

Read "New Releases, Birthday Shoutouts To Abbey Lincoln, Dorothy Ashby, Regina Carter, Connie Converse & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Matt Catingub, Gabriela Martina, Olivia Van Goor and Jack Jones, with birthday shoutouts to Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, Abbey Lincoln, Dorothy Ashby, Terri Lyne Carrington, Regina Carter, Kat Edmonson and Connie Converse, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them live and online. ...

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News: Festival

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

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 ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Introducing Vocalist April Varner

Read "Introducing Vocalist April Varner" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. The 1957 Verve album, Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, contained 38 tracks, including some of the best-known tunes associated with Ellington such as “Solitude," “Satin Doll," and “I'm Beginning to See the Light." Contestants in this year's sixth annual Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal ...

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Article: Live Review

2023 American Pianists Awards

Read "2023 American Pianists Awards" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


2023 American Pianists Awards Indianapolis, Indiana April 20-22, 2023 The mission of the American Pianists Association is “to discover, promote and advance the careers of young, American, world-class jazz and classical pianists." One of the major activities in that mission is the bi-annual competitions run by the Association, alternating classical and jazz ...


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