William Morrison Charlap is a Jewish American jazz pianist born October 15, 1966 in New York City. He comes from a musical background. His mother, Sandy Stewart, is a singer who had a hit in 1962 with My Coloring Book, while his father was Broadway composer Mark Charlap. Charlap and his mother recorded a duet album: "Love Is Here To Stay." Charlap has recorded six albums as a leader for the Blue Note label, including two Grammy nominated CDs: "Somewhere", featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein, and "The Bill Charlap Trio, Live At The Village Vanguard."

Charlap began playing piano at age three. He later studied classical music, but remained most interested in jazz. He has worked with Gerry Mulligan, Benny Carter, Tony Bennett, and others. In 1995 he joined the Phil Woods Quintet. In a crowded field, Charlap is widely considered one of the world's best jazz pianists. He appears at least twice a year for lengthy runs at some of the world's major jazz clubs, including the legendary Village Vanguard with his excellent rhythm section, consisting of Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums).

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.

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, entitled Mosaic, which was released in 2009 on Blue Note Records/EMI, and toured the United States in promotion of the album from January until April 2009.[1] The group plays the music of Blue Note Records from various artists, with arrangements by members of the band and Renee Rosnes.

Select discography

As a leader

  • Souvenir (1995, Criss Cross)
  • Distant Star (1997, Criss Cross)
  • All Through the Night (1998, Criss Cross)
  • Written in the Stars (2000, Blue Note)
  • Stardust (2002, Blue Note)
  • Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein (2004, Blue Note)
  • Plays George Gershwin: The American Soul (2005, Blue Note)
  • Bill Charlap & Sandy Stewart: Love Is Here To Stay (2005, Blue Note)
  • Live at the Village Vanguard (2007, Blue Note)

As a sideman

Warren Vaché

  • Dream Dancing (Arbors Records)

Johnny Frigo

  • Johnny Frigo's DNA Exposed! (Arbors Records)

Ruby Braff

  • You Brought a New Kind of Love (Arbors Records)

Phil Woods

The Great American Songbook, Volumes 1 & 2 (Kind Of Blue)

As member of The Blue Note 7

  • Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records (Blue Note Records/EMI, 2009)

External links

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original article was at Bill Charlap. The list of authors can be seen in the page history.

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