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“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.”
Join us for an evening of swinging jazz as we welcome Grammy award-winning pianist Bill Charlap to campus! Charlap, who is renowned for his interpretations of American popular song, has performed with many of the leading artists of our time including Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, and Wynton Marsalis. In 1997, Charlap formed his trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz.
In 2000, he signed with Blue Note Records and received two Grammy Award nominations, for Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard. In 2016, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining, The Songs of Jerome Kern, was awarded a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Album. In April, the Bill Charlap Trio released, Notes from New York, their debut recording for the Impulse label. Alan Morrison’s five-star review in Down Beat crows that the new recording is “a masterclass in class.”
The trio will be joined by special guest, Jon Faddis, a complete and consummate musician – conductor, composer, and educator. Marked by both intense integrity and humor, Faddis earned accolades from his close friend and mentor John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, who declared of Faddis, “He’s the best ever, including me!” As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the practically impossible seem effortless.
The program will open with a set by the Samara Joy Trio, with Samara Joy, vocals; Pasquale Grasso, guitar; and Ari Roland, bass.
With a voice as smooth as velvet, Samara Joy’s star seems to rise with each performance. Following her winning the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, she was named #1 NEW ARTIST BY DOWNBEAT Magazine this year! She is currently recording her debut recording, which will feature Samara backed by the Pasquale Grasso Trio.
Covid-19 Restrictions and Livestream Information:
This performance is open to the public! Audience members must be fully vaccinated and masked at all times. No food or drink is permitted.
There will also be a live broadcast of this performance available here.
Tickets to the 2022 Spring Geller Jazz concert will be free of charge as a welcome back gesture to live jazz music in Razzo Hall! Reserve your free tickets at: https://gellerjazzspring2022.eventbrite.com. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 at 9am.
Please bring your e-ticket to the check-in table at Razzo Hall on the day of the event.