Diane Schuur Quartet Featuring Ernie Watts/Bill Charlap Trio: “Somewhere”
DIANE SCHUUR, VOCALIST is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1953, Diane was blinded as an infant. Gifted with perfect pitch, she initially taught herself piano by ear. Nicknamed Deedles as a child, she grew up surrounded by the world of jazz embraced by both of her parents: Her father was an amateur pianist, and her mother kept a formidable collection of Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington albums. Not surprisingly, Dinah Washington is often listed as Diane’s major vocal influence, and she learned the iconic singer’s “What a Difference a Day Makes” while she was still a toddler. She also developed her own rich, resonant vocal style at a very young age. With a distinguished recording career that spans three decades, including two Grammy awards (Timeless and Diane Schuur and The Count Basie Orchestra), as well as three Grammy nominations, Diane’s music has explored almost every corner of the 20th Century musical landscape. Her musical collaborations include Barry Manilow, B.B. King, Ray Charles and Jose Feliciano. These collaborations have resulted in numerous #1 Billboard Chart recordings, including Pure Schuur and Heart to Heart with B.B. King; Ms. Diane has appeared on PBS and many other television specials including Sesame Street. Diane has been invited to perform at The White House on multiple occasions and continues to tour and perform extensively at major concert halls and venues around the world.
BILL CHARLAP, PIANIST, has performed with many of the leading artists of our time including Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Wynton Marsalis, Freddy Cole and Houston Person. Born in New York City, Bill began playing the piano at age 3. His father was Broadway composer Moose Charlap, whose credits include Peter Pan, and his mother is singer Sandy Stewart, who toured with Benny Goodman, and was a regular on the Perry Como show. In 2005, Bill and Sandy released the acclaimed CD, Love Is Here To Stay (Blue Note). In 1997 Bill formed his trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. In 2000, he was signed to Blue Note Records and received two Grammy Award nominations, for Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard. He is known for his interpretations of American popular song. In 2016, Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining, The Songs of Jerome Kern, was awarded a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Album. In April, the Bill Charlap Trio released Notes from New York, their debut recording for the Impulse label. He has produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Chicago Symphony Center and the Hollywood Bowl. Bill is married to renowned jazz pianist and composer Renee Rosnes, and the two artists often collaborate in a duo piano setting. In 2010 Bill and Renee released Double Portrait (Blue Note). Bill is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.