Bill Charlap


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One of the world's premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, including such diverse performers as Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, and Wynton Marsalis.  Mr. Charlap is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein, and George Gershwin.  Time magazine wrote, "Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his matter how imaginative or surprising his take on song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence."

In 1997, Mr. Charlap, with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), formed the Bill Charlap Trio, now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz.  Mr. Charlap was signed to Blue Note Records in 2000 and has since received two Grammy Award nominations, for Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and, most recently, The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard.  In 2009, Mr. Charlap was pianist and musical director for the Blue Note 7, an all-star jazz septet celebrating the legacy of Blue Note Records on its 70th anniversary.  The septet performed a 50-city tour and released the CD, Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records.

Mr. Charlap is the artistic director of New York City's Jazz in July Festival at the 92nd Street Y.  In the mid-1990s, he was the musical director of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, A Celebration of Johnny Mercer, part of New York's JVC Jazz Festival.  He has produced several concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center and an evening of George Gershwin's music at the Hollywood Bowl.

Born in New York City, Mr. Charlap began playing the piano at age three.  His father was Broadway composer "Moose" Charlap, whose credits include Peter Pan, and his mother is singer Sandy Stewart, who appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como shows and earned a Grammy nomination for her recording of "My Coloring Book."  In 2005, Mr. Charlap and Ms. Steward released the acclaimed CD, Love Is Here To Stay (Blue Note).  Bill Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes.  The two artists often collaborate in a duo piano setting.  In spring 2010, the duo released Double Portrait on the Blue Note label.

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