HUSBAND-AND-WIFEJAZZPIANO DUO, RENEE ROSNES AND BILL CHARLAP,PERFORM MUSIC FROM THEIR FIRST COLLABORATIVE ALBUM IN ZANKEL HALLON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9
On Wednesday, February 9 at 8:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, two ofthe premier jazz pianists of their generation—Bill Charlap and ReneeRosnes—join forces in their New York City concert debut together,performing jazz and American popular song along with selections from theirfirst collaborative album, Double Portrait. The husband-and-wife pianoduo kick off Valentine’s Day week with an evening of four-hand piano duets thatshowcase what Charlap notes as their “differences and similarities [which]blend together to create a unique sound that is the sum of both of us.” AsRosnes notes, the piano duo format requires "a delicate balance, and aheightened sense of listening as well as orchestral thinking…Bill and Iinnately seem to search for clarity, and always try to put the musicfirst."This performance is the third in the four-concert Shape of Jazz seriespresented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment,LLC. The series’ final concert this season—presented as part of Carnegie Hall’sJapanNYC festival—is a performance by legendary pianist-composer ToshikoAkiyoshi on April 6 in Zankel Hall.About the ArtistsOne of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed andrecorded with many leading artists of our time, ranging from jazz masters PhilWoods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since1997, he has led the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington anddrummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz.Charlap is the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival atthe 92nd Street Y, and he has produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, theJVC Jazz Festival, and the Hollywood Bowl. A two-time Grammy Award nominee,Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes. In the spring of2010, Charlap and Rosnes released Double Portrait, a duo piano recordingon the Blue Note label.Canadian born jazz pianist and composer, Renee Rosnes moved to New Yorkfrom Vancouver in 1986, and swiftly established a reputation as a major talent.She has toured and recorded with many jazz masters including stints with JoeHenderson, JJ Johnson, Wayne Shorter, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band with JonFaddis, James Moody, and Bobby Hutcherson. Rosnes has released a series of twelverecordings—nine of which are on the legendary Blue Note label—earning herselffour Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy. From its inception in2004 through 2009, she held the piano chair for the SFJAZZ Collective, anall-star ensemble that featured many contemporary luminaries includingsaxophonists Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon andtrumpeters Nicholas Payton and Dave Douglas, among others. During her tenurewith the octet, Ms. Rosnes contributed six commissioned works and severaloriginal arrangements of music by Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter and McCoyTyner.Program InformationWednesday, February 9 at 8:30 p.m.Zankel HallBILL CHARLAP, pianoRENEE ROSNES, pianoSponsored by KPMG LLPPresented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely Live EntertainmentLLC.Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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