Bill Charlap

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Bill Charlap
Jazz pianist Bill Charlap after a recital.jpg
Background information
Birth name William Morrison Charlap
Born (1966-10-15) October 15, 1966 (age 51)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano
Years active 1990–present
Labels Chiaroscuro, Criss Cross, Blue Note, Double-Time, Venus, Impulse!
Associated acts Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Peter Washington, Kenny Washington
Website www.billcharlap.com

William Morrison Charlap (born October 15, 1966, pronounced "Shar-Lap"[1]) is an American jazz pianist.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in New York City,[2] Bill Charlap comes from a musical background. His father was composer Moose Charlap. His mother, Sandy Stewart, is a singer who was a regular on Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall television series and had a hit recording in 1962 with "My Coloring Book".[2][3] Bill Charlap is a distant cousin to jazz pianist Dick Hyman.[4] Charlap began playing piano at age three.[2] He studied classical music, but his career has been in jazz.

Career[edit]

Charlap recorded Love Is Here to Stay (2011) and Something to Remember (2013) with his mother, Sandy Stewart. His albums Somewhere, featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein, and Live at The Village Vanguard received Grammy Award nominations.

He has worked with Gerry Mulligan, Benny Carter, Tony Bennett, Phil Woods, Scott Hamilton and others. In the mid-90s, 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.[5] In 1995 he joined the Phil Woods Quintet.[3]

Charlap appears at least twice a year for engagements at jazz clubs, including the Village Vanguard,[6] with his rhythm section, consisting of Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums). The two are not related to each other. Since 2001 he has recorded as a member of the New York Trio for the Japanese label Venus Records. The other members of the New York Trio are bassist Jay Leonhart and drummer Bill Stewart.[7]

Charlap replaced Dick Hyman as Artistic Director of New York's 92nd Street Y "Jazz in July" six program series after Hyman's 20th year in 2004. He married Canadian jazz pianist Renee Rosnes in New York City on August 25, 2007.[8] The pair released an album of piano duets Double Portrait on Blue Note Records/EMI.[9]

In 2008, Charlap became part of The Blue Note 7, a septet formed that year in honor of the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records. The group recorded an album in 2008, Mosaic, which was released in 2009 on Blue Note/EMI, and toured the United States in promotion of the album from January until April 2009.[10] The group plays the music of Blue Note Records from various artists, with arrangements by members of the band and his wife Renee Rosnes.

In September 2015, Charlap became the new Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.[2]

Discography[edit]

As leader or co-leader[edit]

  • Piano & Bass (Progressive, 1994)
  • Along with Me (Chiaroscuro 1994)
  • Michael Moore/Bill Charlap (Concord Jazz, 1995)
  • Souvenir (Criss Cross, 1995)
  • The Gerry Mulligan Songbook (Chiaroscuro, 1996)
  • Distant Star (Criss Cross, 1997)
  • All Through the Night (Criss Cross, 1998)
  • S Wonderful (Venus, 1999/2002)
  • Written in the Stars (Blue Note, 2000)
  • 2gether (Nagel-Heyer, 2001) with Warren Vaché
  • Stardust (Blue Note, 2002)
  • Things We Did Last Summer (Venus, 2002)
  • Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein (Blue Note, 2004)
  • Plays George Gershwin (Blue Note, 2005)
  • Love Is Here to Stay (Blue Note, 2005) with Sandy Stewart
  • Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 2007)
  • I'm Old Fashioned (Venus, 2010)
  • Double Portrait (Blue Note, 2010) with Renee Rosnes
  • Love You Madly (Venus, 2012)
  • Blues in the Night (Venus, 2012)
  • Something to Remember (Ghostlight, 2013) with Sandy Stewart
  • The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern with Tony Bennett (2015)
  • Uptown, Downtown (Impulse!, 2017)[11]

As sideman[edit]

With Harry Allen

  • Harry Allen Plays Ellington Songs with the Bill Charlap Trio (RCA Victor)
  • Blues for Pres and Teddy (Swingbros)

With Ruby Braff

  • You Brought a New Kind of Love (Arbors)

With Johnny Frigo

  • Johnny Frigo's DNA Exposed! (Arbors)

With Jon Gordon

  • Spark (Chiaroscuro)

With Scott Hamilton

  • Back to New York

With Jay Leonhart

  • Great Duets (Chiaroscuro)

With Brian Lynch

  • Brian Lynch Meets Bill Charlap (Sharp Nine)

With Gerry Mulligan

  • Lonesome Boulevard (Verve)

With Houston Person

  • You Taught My Heart to Sing (HighNote)

With Sean Smith

  • LIVE! (Chiaroscuro)

With Grant Stewart

  • Grant Stewart + 4 (VideoArts)

With Warren Vaché

  • Dream Dancing (Arbors)

With Phil Woods

  • The Great American Songbook, Volumes 1 & 2 (Kind of Blue)
  • Voyage with the Bill Charlap Trio at the Floating Jazz Festival Aboard the QE2 (Chiaroscuro)

With The Blue Note 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Beckerman, Jim. "Jazzman Bill Charlap takes over as Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson", The Record (Bergen County), August 26, 2015. Accessed October 19, 2015. "'When you're playing solo piano, you're something like an orchestra,' says Charlap (pronounced 'Shar-lap'), a West Orange resident."
  2. ^ a b c d "Bill Charlap Named Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University, Continuing a Legacy of Excellence Dating to Program's Founding in 1973". WPUNJ.edu. William Paterson University. Retrieved November 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Adler, David R. "Bill Charlap". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 December 2017. 
  4. ^ Bill Charlap biography at Managram Music Archived March 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Bill Charlap @ All About Jazz". Allaboutjazz.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  6. ^ "Bill Charlap Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard". NPR. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  7. ^ "New York Trio: Thou Swell & Always". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  8. ^ Charlap, Bill. "Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes Duet In 'Double Portrait'". NPR. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  9. ^ "Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes Announce Tour Dates; Reveal Cover Artwork for 'Double Portrait'". Blue Note Records. 5 May 2010. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "The Blue Note 7 Celebrates 70 Years of Blue Note Records With Album Release and 50+ City North American Tour". Allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Bill Charlap | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 December 2017. 

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