Bill Charlap

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Bill Charlap
Jazz pianist Bill Charlap after a recital.jpg
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Morrison Charlap
Born (1966-10-15) October 15, 1966 (age 53)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1990–present
LabelsChiaroscuro, Criss Cross, Blue Note, Double-Time, Venus, Impulse!
Associated actsGerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Peter Washington, Kenny Washington

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]

Bill Charlap began playing piano at age three.[2] He studied classical music, but his career has been in jazz.


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 succeeded Dick Hyman as Artistic Director of New York City's 92nd Street Y Jazz in July six-program series after Hyman's 20th year in 2004. He and his wife, Canadian jazz pianist Renee Rosnes, released an album of piano duets Double Portrait on Blue Note Records/EMI.[8]

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.[9] 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 Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married Canadian jazz pianist Renee Rosnes in New York City on August 25, 2007.[10]


As leader or co-leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1991–93 Along with Me Chiaroscuro Trio, with Sean Smith, Andy Eulau (bass; separately), Ron Vincent (drums)
1994? Piano & Bass Progressive
1995? Michael Moore/Bill Charlap Concord Jazz
1995 Souvenir Criss Cross With Scott Colley (bass), Dennis Mackrel (drums)
1996 The Gerry Mulligan Songbook Chiaroscuro With Ted Rosenthal (piano), Dean Johnson (bass), Ron Vincent (drums)
1996 Distant Star Criss Cross
1998? All Through the Night Criss Cross
1998 'S Wonderful Venus Trio, with Peter Washington (bass), Kenny Washington (drums)
2000 Written in the Stars Blue Note Trio, with Peter Washington (bass), Kenny Washington (drums)
2000 2gether Nagel-Heyer Duo, with Warren Vaché (cornet, flugelhorn)
2001 Stardust Blue Note With Peter Washington (bass), Kenny Washington (drums), Frank Wess (tenor sax), Jim Hall (guitar), Shirley Horn, Tony Bennett (vocals)
2001 Blues in the Night Venus Trio, with Jay Leonhart (bass), Bill Stewart (drums)
2002 The Things We Did Last Summer Venus Trio, with Jay Leonhart (bass), Bill Stewart (drums)
2003 Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein Blue Note Trio, with Peter Washington (bass), Kenny Washington (drums)
2003 Love You Madly Venus Trio, with Jay Leonhart (bass), Bill Stewart (drums)
2003 Live at the Village Vanguard Blue Note Trio, with Peter Washington (bass), Kenny Washington (drums); in concert; released 2007
2004 You Taught My Heart to Sing HighNote Duo, with Houston Person (tenor sax)
2004 Stairway to the Stars Venus Trio, with Jay Leonhart (bass), Bill Stewart (drums)
2004 Love Is Here to Stay Blue Note Duo, with Sandy Stewart (vocals)
2005 Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul Blue Note With Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Slide Hampton (trombone), Phil Woods (alto sax), Frank Wess (tenor sax)
2006 Thou Swell Venus Trio, with Jay Leonhart (bass), Bill Stewart (drums)
2007 Always Venus Trio, with Jay Leonhart (bass), Bill Stewart (drums)
2009 I'm Old Fashioned Venus Trio, with Peter Bernstein (guitar), Peter Washington (bass)
2009 Double Portrait Blue Note with Renee Rosnes
2013? Something to Remember Ghostlight Duo, with Sandy Stewart (vocals)
2015? The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern Peter Washington (bass), Kenny Washington (drums), Tony Bennett (vocals)
2015 Notes from New York Impulse! Trio, with Peter Washington (bass), Kenny Washington (drums)
2017 Uptown, Downtown Impulse![11] Trio, with Peter Washington (bass), Kenny Washington (drums)

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 the Joe Roccisano Orchestra

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


  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". William Paterson University. June 30, 2015. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Adler, David R. "Bill Charlap". Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Bill Charlap biography". Managram Music. Archived from the original on March 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "Bill Charlap". 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. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "The Blue Note 7 Celebrates 70 Years of Blue Note Records With Album Release and 50+ City North American Tour". Archived from the original on 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  10. ^ Charlap, Bill. "Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes Duet In 'Double Portrait'". NPR. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  11. ^ "Bill Charlap | Album Discography". Retrieved 1 December 2017.

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