• Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010

    Husband and Wife Piano Duo, Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap, Perform in Zankel Hall on February 9




    On Wednesday, February 9 at 8:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, two of the premier jazz pianists of their generation—Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes—join forces in their New York City concert debut together, performing jazz and American popular song along with selections from their first collaborative album, Double Portrait. The husband-and-wife piano duo kick off Valentine’s Day week with an evening of four-hand piano duets that showcase what Charlap notes as their “differences and similarities [which] blend together to create a unique sound that is the sum of both of us.” As Rosnes notes, the piano duo format requires "a delicate balance, and a heightened sense of listening as well as orchestral thinking…Bill and I innately seem to search for clarity, and always try to put the music first."

    This performance is the third in the four-concert Shape of Jazz series presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment, LLC. The series’ final concert this season—presented as part of Carnegie Hall’s JapanNYC festival—is a performance by legendary pianist-composer Toshiko Akiyoshi on April 6 in Zankel Hall.

    About the Artists
    One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997, he has led the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer 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 at the 92nd Street Y, and he has produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the JVC Jazz Festival, and the Hollywood Bowl. A two-time Grammy Award nominee, Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes. In the spring of 2010, Charlap and Rosnes released Double Portrait, a duo piano recording on the Blue Note label.

    Canadian born jazz pianist and composer, Renee Rosnes moved to New York from Vancouver in 1986, and swiftly established a reputation as a major talent. She has toured and recorded with many jazz masters including stints with Joe Henderson, JJ Johnson, Wayne Shorter, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band with Jon Faddis, James Moody, and Bobby Hutcherson. Rosnes has released a series of twelve recordings—nine of which are on the legendary Blue Note label—earning herself four Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy. From its inception in 2004 through 2009, she held the piano chair for the SFJAZZ Collective, an all-star ensemble that featured many contemporary luminaries including saxophonists Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon and trumpeters Nicholas Payton and Dave Douglas, among others. During her tenure with the octet, Ms. Rosnes contributed six commissioned works and several original arrangements of music by Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter and McCoy Tyner.

    Program Information
    Wednesday, February 9 at 8:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    BILL CHARLAP, piano
    RENEE ROSNES, piano

    Sponsored by KPMG LLP

    Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment LLC.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, $38 and $48, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.




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