Husband and wife Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes team up for two-piano, four-hand duets from their critically acclaimed Blue Note album Double Portrait. Charlap is a two-time Grammy nominee who has performed with icons like Tony Bennett and Phil Woods. Canadian-born Rosnes is a four-time Juno winner who has collaborated with Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson, and has also been a contributing composer in the SFJAZZ Collective.
“the lasting impression is of the luxurious and full sound created when this pair combines, using the 176 keys available to optimum effect …”
About the Artists:
No stranger to Kingston, Renee Rosnes has emerged as one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation. Canadian born, she began classical piano studies at age three and became interested in jazz music in high school. Shortly after relocating from Vancouver to New York in 1986, Rosnes quickly established a reputation as a formidable talent. In 1987, she joined tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson’s band; in 1988, she spent a year with Wayne Shorter’s Quintet; in 1989, legendary trombonist JJ Johnson invited Rosnes to become his pianist, and she performed and recorded with him for seven years. Rosnes’ composition “Malaga Moon” was arranged for string orchestra by the renowned Robert Farnon and recorded on Johnson’s “Tangence.” Having toured with many of the greatest masters, her resume reads like a who’s who of jazz.
Rosnes has released a series of nine highly acclaimed recordings for Blue Note Records, four of which have garnered Juno Awards. Her latest release is “Black Narcissus” (2008), with bassist Peter Washington and Lewis Nash, and in September 2008, was awarded a Swing Journal “Gold Disc Award” in Japan. This album celebrates the music of tenor master Joe Henderson. Other recent releases featuring Rosnes are Bobby Hutcherson: “For Sentimental Reasons”, the SFJAZZ Collective LIVE 2009: The Music of McCoy Tyner & Originals.
Rosnes also shines in the context of larger ensembles. She was the pianist for the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra for ten years, led by trumpeter Jon Faddis, and has recorded three albums with the Gerald Wilson Orchestra. Her 2003 Blue Note release: “Renee Rosnes with the Danish Radio Big Band” features eight tracks, five of which were composed by Rosnes. All Music Guide wrote: “The album is a crystalline wonder of tight writing, exceptional playing, and painstaking attention to harmonic casino poker en ligne detail; it is a tapestry so varied and multidimensional in both conception and execution that it stands in a class by
Aside from leading her own trio and quartet, Rosnes is a nineteen-year member of the James Moody Quartet, frequently performs with legendary vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and was the pianist for six years for the SF Jazz Collective, an all-star band that has featured such artists as Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, Miguel Zenon, Nicholas Payton, Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano. Rosnes also often collaborates with her husband, pianist Bill Charlap, in a two piano setting.
“Rosnes rubs balm in jaded ears. She offers exquisite balances of delicacy and power, witty and weighted ideas, assertiveness and deference.”
“If you looked closely, you would have sworn you saw steam rising from the piano at the Vanguard.”
The New York Sun
One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Time magazine wrote, “Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.”
In 1997, Charlap formed the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. In 2000, he was signed to Blue Note Records and has since received two Grammy Award nominations, for Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and most recently The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard. In 2009, Charlap was pianist and musical director for the Blue Note 7, an all-star jazz septet celebrating the legacy of Blue Note Records on its 70th anniversary. The septet performed a 50-city tour and released the CD, Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records.
Charlap is the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at the 92nd Street Y. In the mid-90s, he was the musicaldirector of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, A Celebration of Johnny Mercer, part of New York’s JVC Jazz Festival. He has produced several concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center and an evening of George Gershwin’s music at The Hollywood Bowl.
Born in New York City, Charlap began playing the piano at age three. His father was Broadway composer “Moose” Charlap, whose credits include Peter Pan, and his mother is singer Sandy Stewart, who appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como shows and earned a Grammy nomination for her recording of “My Coloring Book.” In 2005, Charlap and Stewart released the acclaimed CD, Love Is Here To Stay (Blue Note). Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes. The two artists often collaborate in a duo piano setting. In the Spring of 2010, Charlap and Rosnes released Double Portrait on the Blue Note label.