Saturday, January 7, 2017

Bill Charlap and Guests to Play at New York's Jazz Standard, Jan. 10-15

We've just heard that New York-based pianist Bill Charlap will be playing a one-week stint at the Jazz Standard Club, in NYC (116 East 27th Street) between January 10-15. Charlap will appear in a variety of settings, including solo and with his trio, and will be joined by several interesting guests, such as vocalist Carol Sloane (Jan. 11), pianist and wife Renee Rosnes (Jan. 12-13), and pianist-singer Freddy Cole and saxophonist Houston Person (Jan. 14). One of the best pianist on the jazz scene today, Charlap collaborated with Tony Bennett on the excellent Jerome Kern songbook The Silver Lining in 2015 (my review is available here) and has recently followed it up with a new trio effort, Notes from New York (Impulse). Accompanied by Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington (no relation!) on drums, this new album shows the perfect understanding between the three musicians, and its repertoire, which mixes well-known standards ("I'll Remember April," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "A Sleepin' Bee") with lesser-known tunes by Vernon Duke ("Not a Care in the World"), Alan and Marilyn Bergman ("Make Me Rainbows"), and Thad Jones ("Little Rascal on a Rock"), proves to be the right vehicle to showcase Charlap's elegant and exciting playing.

At the Jazz Standard, Charlap will play two sets each evening (at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.), and if you'd like any more information or wish to make reservations, you may call 212-576-2232. If you happen to be in New York between January 10-15, this is certainly a show not to be missed!

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