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Peterson Concert: Bill Charlap Trio

Event Type: Music
Date: 11/18/2012
Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Description:
 Since their first recording together 13 years ago, pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington have become one of the top trios in jazz.
The apprenticeship each experienced before coming together also helps the trio click:
To name a few, Charlap has worked with Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis and saxophonists Phil Woods and Gerry Mulligan. Bassist Peter Washington has performed with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers as well as pianist Tommy Flanagan in an acclaimed trio. Drummer Kenny Washington began performing professionally in the late 1970s with legendary musicians such as Lee Konitz, Betty Carter, Johnny Griffin and Benny Carter.
Kenny Washington says: "The band is like a family, especially going on the road," he says. "One time Peter and I hadn't seen each other for a long time and we had a 13-hour trip to Japan. We took a few cat naps, but mostly we talked for about 10 hours, and before you knew it, we were there! All that adds to the music." The two Washingtons aren't related by blood, yet according to Kenny, "Peter's my heart. He was the best man at my wedding. He's seen me at my best and at my worst.
"All of our roles intertwine and change all the time," says Charlap. "I remember one time listening to Phil Woods. He was rehearsing a big band, and not everything was falling together, not clicking. He stopped the band and said: ‘Everybody's gotta be a drummer.'
"That's right. Everybody's got to be rhythmically loose and rhythmically accurate at the same time. Everyone's responsible for the bounce and the swing. Everybody's also an orchestrator, an instant arranger of sorts.
"That's another piece that makes this particular trio very satisfying for me, that Kenny and Peter both listen in that way, and think and contribute to our arrangements. When it all works right, it's like Ellington said: floating on a turquoise cloud."
By Greg Thomas (NY Daily News) (03/22/2011)
Library: Greenwich Library
Location: Cole Auditorium
Contact: David Waring
Contact Number: 203 622 7917
Presenter: David Waring