October 6, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.
Bill Charlap's generous and nuanced touch at the piano has made him one of the foremost interpreters of the American Songbook. More often than not, he does so in the company of his bandmates of 14 years, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. The trio is at the Village Vanguard through October 9th.
Charlap sat down with WBGO's Gary Walker on Wednesday for an illuminating conversation. Charlap says feels "at home" and a sense of humility when he performs at the Vanguard, which has presented piano legends such as Bill Evans, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Fred Hersch, and Tommy Flanagan.
Charlap also talks about how he was musically nurtured by his mother, jazz vocalist Sandy Stewart, and his father, Moose Charlap, a Broadway songwriter. Bill and his mother regularly perform together, and will appear at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel during the first two weeks in November.
Also in the interview, Charlap relays his knowledge, love, and respect for Vernon Duke, who wrote "Autumn In New York," "April In Paris," "I Can't Get Started" and "Taking a Chance on Love."
Listen to the full interview below.
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October 5, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.
The JB Horns - trombonist Fred Wesley, saxophonists Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis - anchored James Brown's funk machine in the 1970s, bringing their superb musicality to hits such as "Doing It to Death" and "Pass the Peas."
The musical influence of the JBs is felt in every corner of the globe. WBGO was honored to have these three living kings of funk visit our studios yesterday ahead of their reunion at New York's Town Hall this Thursday, October 6 at 8 p.m. The radio station was buzzing with excitement.
When Michael Bourne talked with the JBs, Fred Wesley says they "took great pride being the tightest band in the world, the hottest band in the world."
Listen to their conversation here.
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February 8, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.
Wayne Shorter will be performing this Wednesday at Town Hall -- for more, check out my preview that ran Friday in the Newark Star-Ledger. He'll also be featured on this week's edition of The Checkout. Producer Josh Jackson caught up with him last week from his home in West Hollywood, and suffered a few technical difficulties along the way. Here's his take on what went down: Read more
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