One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand.
Since 1997, he has led the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. Charlap is the artistic director of 92Y’s Jazz in July Festival in NYC, and in 2016 will celebrate his 12th Anniversary as director. He has also produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the JVC Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl. Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap are the recipients of a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop album, for their 2015 release, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern.
“Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence…”
– Time Magazine
Bill Charlap’s long-awaited new recording debuts on Impulse Renaissance Records with, THE BILL CHARLAP TRIO: NOTES FROM NEW YORK. It features the trio (with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington) in peak performance, and was recorded immediately following a two-week run at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Lyricists Alan & Marilyn Bergman have said, “Bill Charlap’s playing is unique, warm and intelligent. He not only plays the melody – he also plays the lyric. And, for lyric writers, that’s as good as it gets.”
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