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WHEN: Saturday, June 18; doors 7 PM; performance 8 PM WHERE: NJPAC, One Center St., Newark TICKETS: $45
A rare solo recital with one of the world's premier jazz pianists. Two-time Grammy nominee Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our times, from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis.
TIME 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."
Known for his interpretations of American popular songs, Charlap has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. In 1997, he formed the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz.
He was signed to Blue Notes Records in 2000 and has since received two Grammy Award nominations for Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and most recently The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard. Charlap was pianist and musical director for The Blue Note 7, an all-star septet, which performed on a 50-city tour and released the album Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records. In September 2015, Charlap collaborated with Tony Bennett and release The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern. Charlap has also recorded two duet albums, Love Is Here to Stay (2011) and Something to Remember (2013) with his mother, singer Sandy Stewart. In addition to maintaining an active recording and touring schedule, Charlap is also the Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey - where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state's and the world's best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted more than 10 million visitors (including over 1.5 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. NJPAC is a proud partner of Newark Celebration 350.