“Charlap’s melodic charm, insouciant swing and harmonic élan unfold with a deceptive ease... Also significant is Charlap’s economy of means. Regardless of tempo, his music breathes. Indeed, if Stan Getz had played piano, he just might have sounded like Bill Charlap.” — Chuck Berg, JazzTimes
"Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved...when he sits down to play, the result is an embrace, an act of possession. The tune 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
It is with pleasure that we welcome the Bill Charlap Trio back to the Jaqua Concert Hall. First invited to Eugene by Shedd jazz director emeritus Dick Hyman for Oregon Festival of American Music 2003, the Trio returned for a phenomenal evening in 2005. While we had the pleasure of Bill's elegant piano work last year in his role leading the superb Blue Note 70th Anniversary project, it's great to have the Trio back after such a long hiatus.
One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many 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 the leading groups in jazz. Charlap is the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival, and he has produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the JVC Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl. A two-time Grammy nominee, Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes. In the spring of 2010, Charlap and Rosnes released their debut recording together Double Portrait, a duo piano recording on the Blue Note label.
Double Portrait is another proud entry, in a series of stellar projects on Blue Note for Charlap in the past decade, including readings of music by Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin, and another special family project, with his mother, singer Sandy Stewart. In another musical family tree link, the pianist's father was famed Broadway composer Moose Charlap. Charlap the younger has gracefully and continuously earned the respect of critics and discerning listeners.