"Bill Charlap is one of the greatest musicians
and greatest artists I've ever met."
—Tony Bennett, 2016 Grammy Awards Ceremony
It's no wonder that pianist Bill Charlap loves the music of The Great American Songbook: it's in his DNA. The son of Broadway composer Moose Charlap and singer Sandy Stewart, Charlap began playing the piano at age three; his interepretations of American popular songs and jazz standards led to performances with Wynton Marsalis and Barbra Streisand, and a longstanding residency at the legendary Village Vanguard. In 2016, Charlap's collaboration with Tony Bennett led to a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Album.
In Uptown/Downtown, Charlap and his trio take us on an exploration of New York's geography in song, from Berlin and Bernstein’s Broadway to the Harlem stride of Eubie Blake and Fats Waller, to the singular songbook of Duke Ellington—with other exciting stops along the way. Special guests and legendary vocalists Mary Stallings and Freddy Cole join the Bill Charlap Trio on stage.
Generously supported by the Koret Foundation
The program will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.