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Bill Charlap Trio

  • McCarter Theatre Center 91 University Place Princeton, NJ, 08540 United States (map)

For 20 years, Bill Charlap’s name has been synonymous with the Great American Songbook—you might even say he owns it. Whereas other jazzmen of his generation play the harmonies and the tune, this mainstream master plays the song—the whole song—with his innate sense of time, place, and melody. With his longtime collaborators Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums, Charlaps’s trio long ago secured its place in the jazz pantheon. Their nine albums together (the latest is 2017’s Uptown, Downtown) have earned two Grammy nominations and belong in a time capsule to show future generations the art of the piano trio in our time.