© 2021 WFAE
90.7 Charlotte 93.7 Southern Pines 90.3 Hickory 106.1 Laurinburg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Bill Charlap: The American Songbook, Handled With Care

It's no wonder that pianist Bill Charlap loves the music that has come to be called The Great American Songbook — the songs of great Tin Pan Alley composers such as Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. He grew up with it. Charlap was born and raised in New York, the son of Moose Charlap (a Broadway composer) and Sandy Stern, a self-described "popular singer with jazz overtones."

In Charlap's recent visit to the Jazz24 studios at KPLU in Seattle, the pianist takes two songs from that fabled songbook and uses them to illustrate how a jazz musician can honor tradition and still get creative. As you listen, try to identify all of the othersongs that Charlap quotes as he finds his way to the heart of the tune he's playing. Underlying his technical brilliance and emotional focus is a musical wit that's second to none.

Set List

  • "All The Things You Are"
  • "Sophisticated Lady"
  • Credits

  • Video/photography: Justin Steyer
  • Host: Abe Beeson
  • Copyright 2021 Jazz24. To see more, visit .