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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: Radio & Podcasts

The Montreal Jazz Festival Is Back In Full Swing

Read "The Montreal Jazz Festival Is Back In Full Swing" reviewed by Leo Sidran


After a two-year slowdown due to COVID, the Montreal International Jazz Festival came back this year. I had been there a couple times, in and out, as a musician. I went this year to cover the festival's full return for The Third Story. When you're a musician at a festival like MJF, the job ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bill Charlap, Ron Miles & Jean Fineberg

Read "Bill Charlap, Ron Miles & Jean Fineberg" reviewed by Joe Dimino


From bandleader and musical force of nature Jean Fineberg we begin the 756th Episode of Neon Jazz with a track from her band's eponymous release followed by something from “The Godfather of Soul" and a commentary from Jean. We also delve into new music from Peter Curtis, Keith Oxman and Chris Greene. Vocalists take center stage ...

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Take Five with Carlos Barba

Read "Take Five with Carlos Barba" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Carlos Barba Carlos Barba is an active performer, composer, educator, arranger, improvisor, producer, and multi-instrumentalist residing in El Paso, TX. He has recorded seven full-length albums as leader, two as sideman (Juan Pedro Macias Trio & Gabriel Balderas Quartet), two E.P./minidiscs, and two singles. The Carlos Barba Trio had the opportunity of opening for Antonio ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Meet Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Waltman, Sam AuBuchon, Derick Freitas Campos

Read "Meet Liam Sutcliffe, Jimmy Waltman, Sam AuBuchon, Derick Freitas Campos" reviewed by Sanford Josephson


This article first appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine.The winners of the New Jersey Jazz Society's new Juried Scholarship Competition are:$1,000 prize for PerformanceTrumpeter Liam Sutcliffe, Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Studies Program$1,000 prize for Composition Vocalist Jimmy Waltman, Princeton University Program in Jazz Studies$500 prize ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Happy Birthday to Mary Lou Williams - A Formidable Jazz Mother

Read "Happy Birthday to Mary Lou Williams - A Formidable Jazz Mother" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast celebrates Mothers Day featuring music by several notable jazz mothers and their children, plus new releases from pianists Yelena Eckemoff, Ariane Racicot, Alberto Pibiri and Jeremy Siskind, vocalists CeCe Gable and Tierney Sutton, with birthday shoutouts to Mary Lou Williams (a formidable Jazz Mother on so many fronts). Thanks for listening and please support ...

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News: Performance / Tour

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.

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. ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Alberto Pibiri: Living His Jazz Dreamlife

Read "Alberto Pibiri: Living His Jazz Dreamlife" reviewed by Schaen Fox


Alberto Pibiri is strongly influenced by Oscar Peterson as well as earlier virtuoso pianists, but has his own style. Happily, his lifelong goal was to settle here in the United States, but his kind of talent would shine and stand out anywhere. All About Jazz: Just where in Italy are you from?

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Article: Interview

Bill Charlap: Intellect And Emotion

Read "Bill Charlap: Intellect And Emotion" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


"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 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Dick Hyman, Harold Betters & Bill Charlap

Read "Dick Hyman, Harold Betters & Bill Charlap" reviewed by Joe Dimino


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 ...


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