One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He 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 beloved…no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.”
In 1999, the eminent jazz journalist Whitney Balliett responded to a new Criss Cross recording, All Through the Night, led by pianist Bill Charlap with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, with a laudatory article in The New Yorker in which he described Charlap, then 33, as “a lyrical repository” and “the best, but least well-known pianist” of his generation. The trio, still in place, recently issued its seventh recording, Notes From New York, on which they showcase the mutual intuition established during that maiden voyage with elegant, freewheeling, triangular conversation on repertoire that barely scratches the surface of the vast repertoire that Charlap—perhaps the most erudite living hardcore jazz practitioner of the Great American Songbook, he shared a 2016 GRAMMY with Tony Bennett for Look For the Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern—has at his fingertips.
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Desert Island Discs
In the fall of 2015, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem debuted its version of Desert Island Discs. It’s modeled on an iconic BBC radio show, extant since 1942, which invites eminences from various walks of life to choose—and discuss—the eight records they would bring for a stay on the apocryphal desert island. For the Jazz Museum’s expanded version, the presenters are jazz musicians, who will present a cohort of music, of any genre, that was essential in the formation and evolution of their musical personality. See the full series schedule here.