Jazz at the Maverick

Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, pianos


Saturday, August 25, 2012


Two Pianos at the Maverick

The program will be announced from the stage

There will be no intermission



Two-Piano Weekend Continued

Sunday, August 26, 4 pm

Frederic Chiu and Andrew Russo, pianos

Music of Debussy, Ravel, Gershwin, and Philip Glass


next week

Saturday, September 1, 6 pm (note earlier time)
Chamber Orchestra Concert

Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Garland, baritone; Alan Murchie, piano;
Sequitur chamber ensemble,
Alexander Platt, conductor

Music of Fauré, Ravel, Debussy, and other French composers, plus the World Premiere of a new work by Harold Meltzer

Sunday, September 2, 3 pm and 4 pm
Jupiter String Quartet with Ilya Yakushev, piano

3 pm Prelude Concert
Ilya Yakushev, piano
Ravel: "Gaspard de la Nuit"

4 pm Jupiter String Quartet
with Ilya Yakushev, piano
Music of Beethoven, Webern, Bizet, and Franck




Bill Charlap grew up in a musical household, as the son of Broadway songwriter Moose Charlap and singer Sandy Stewart. Taking to the piano at a young age, he went on to study at New York’s High School of Performing Arts. He then entered college, but rather than finishing, opted to practice and gig on his own. Pianist Bill Mays soon took up Charlap’s cause, recommending the young man as his replacement in the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. During this time, Charlap also worked with Benny Carter, Clark Terry, and Frank Wess, and was sought after as an accompanist for singers such as Tony Bennett, Carol Sloane, and Sheila Jordan. In 1995, he secured one of the most coveted piano chairs in jazz, with the
Phil Woods Quintet.

All the while, Charlap showed steady development as a leader. His debut came in 1994 with Along with Me, followed by Souvenir in 1995 and Distant Star in 1996. His 1997 release, All Through the Night, was the first to feature his current trio, with the redoubtable (and unrelated) Washingtons, Peter and Kenny, on bass and drums respectively. In 2000, this lineup had its major-label breakthrough with the highly acclaimed Blue Note disc Written in the Stars. Two albums appeared in 2001: 2Gether with Warren Vaché and Contrasts with Jon Gordon. ’S Wonderful hit the shelves in 2002, as did Stardust, which began a series of albums that focused on a single composer. Stardust featured the music of Hoagy Carmichael, 2004’s Somewhere was an all-Leonard Bernstein affair, while 2005’s Plays George Gershwin featured ten songs by the man Charlap considers “the American soul.” 2005 saw the release of an album with Sandy Stewart, Love Is Here to Stay. Charlap has recorded seven albums as a leader or co-leader for the Blue Note label, including two Grammy nominated CDs: Somewhere, and The Bill Charlap Trio, Live At The Village Vanguard.

Charlap is the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at the 92nd Street Y, and he has produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the JVC Jazz Festival, and the Hollywood Bowl. He appears at least twice a year for lengthy runs at some of the world's major jazz clubs, including the Village Vanguard with the Bill Charlap Trio. Since 2001, Charlap has also recorded as a member of the New York Trio for the Japanese label Venus Records. The other members of the New York Trio are bassist Jay Leonhart and drummer Bill Stewart.

In 2008, Charlap became part of The Blue Note 7, a septet formed that year in honor of the seventieth anniversary of Blue Note Records. The group recorded an album entitled Mosaic, which was released in 2009 on Blue Note Records/EMI, and toured the United States in promotion of the album from January until April 2009. The group plays the music of Blue Note Records from various artists, with arrangements by members of the band and Charlap’s wife, Renee Rosnes.

Time magazine once noted in a review that Charlap “approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved. He wants to view it from every angle—melody, harmony, lyrics, verse.” Speaking about his album Double Portrait, Charlap says, “you're looking for magic moments more than you're looking for a ‘perfect chorus.’ We’re lucky to have the recording process to document those moments that would just disappear into thin air. It’s exciting to capture something spontaneous that only happens once. There are many of those moments on this recording.”





Renee Rosnes is recognized as one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia, she began classical studies at age three and was introduced to jazz during her high school years. Shortly after relocating to New York from Vancouver in 1986, she swiftly established a reputation as a major talent. After saxophonist Joe Henderson hired her to play with his quartet in 1986, she began an international career. In 1988, she was a member of the Wayne Shorter Band and in 1989, she joined trombonist JJ Johnson's Quintet and remained his pianist of choice until he retired in 1997. In 1989, she also began working with tenor master James Moody and was the pianist in his quartet for the next 20 years. She toured and recorded with many other masters, including stints with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band (with Jon Faddis), Buster Williams, James Moody, Ron Carter, and Bobby Hutcherson, among others.

Rosnes has released a series of twelve diverse recordings as leader of her own ensemble, nine of which are on the legendary Blue Note label. She has received seven Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy. In 2003 she was named SOCAN Composer of the Year. Her most recent release is Manhattan Rain, featuring bassist Peter Washington, drummer Bill Stewart, and several tracks with vibraphonist Steve Nelson and saxophonist Rich Perry.

From its inception in 2004 through 2009, Rosnes held the piano chair for the SFJAZZ Collective, an all-star ensemble that featured many contemporary luminaries including saxophonists Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano, Miguel Zenon, trumpeters Nicholas Payton and Dave Douglas, and many others. During her tenure with the octet, Ms. Rosnes contributed six commissioned works and several original arrangements of music by Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and McCoy Tyner.

Rosnes is also the host of The Jazz Profiles, a radio interview series on CBC, featuring hour-long interviews of enlightening conversation and music with many of Canada's greatest jazz legends including Don Thompson (bass, piano, and vibes), Paul Bley (piano), PJ Perry (saxophone), bassists Joe Sealy, Oliver Jones, and Michel Donato, trumpeters Guido Basso and Kenny Wheeler, and drummer Terry Clarke.

In addition to performing with their own bands, Charlap and Rosnes frequently collaborate in a two-piano setting. In 2010, the couple released their debut album, Double Portrait on the Blue Note label. Downbeat magazine wrote: "The counterpoint and compatibilities are so perfectly balanced, the selections and arrangements so handsome, that Double Portrait is a prize."