• Bill Charlap With WBGO's Gary Walker

    October 6, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Bill Charlap

    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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