October 19, 2014 4:00pm
The First Congregational Church
of Madison, CT
One of the world’s premiere pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many of the 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 our most accomplished jazz trios. In 2004 Charlap became the Artistic Director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at the 92nd Street Y, as well as having produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the JVC Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl.
He has twice been nominated for a Grammy: “Somewhere”, featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein, and “The Bill Charlap Trio, Live at the Village Vanguard”.
He is married to renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes, with whom he often collaborates. In the spring of 2010, Charlap and Rosnes released “Double Portrait”, their acclaimed duo piano recording on the Blue Note Label.
“Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…when the he sits down to play, the result is an embrace, an act of possession. The song rises, falls, disappears and resurfaces in new forms as Charlap ranges over the keyboard with nimble, crisply swinging lines, subtly layered textures, dense chords and spiky interjections.” TIME Magazine
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