Bill Charlap Trio

October 1, 2016

Presented by the BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation & Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland, world-renowned Grammy® award-winning jazz pianist & recording artist, Bill Charlap (Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Wynton Marsalis), brought his all-star trio to BLU for a wonderful masterclass & concert featuring Peter Washington (bass) & Kenny Washington (drums).
One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997, he has led the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. Charlap is the artistic director of 92Y’s Jazz in July Festival in NYC, and in 2016 will celebrate his 12th Anniversary as director. He has also produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the JVC Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl. Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap are the recipients of a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop album, for their 2015 release, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern.
We hope to have Bill & his group back at BLU again in the future – what a memorable evening of premier live jazz right here in Akron!
(photos by Cindy Nichols Photography)

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Committed to the preservation of America's treasured art form of jazz, BLU Jazz+ Masterclass Foundation (BJMF) is a new program developed by the founders of BLU Jazz+ Akron that brings “front-row” jazz education performance & mentorship opportunities to student musicians and art lovers alike through an ongoing series of special events throughout the year.