Dick Hyman, Bill Charlap Trio | Univ. of Chicago Logan Center for the Arts | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Dick Hyman, Bill Charlap Trio Recommended All Ages Soundboard Image

When: Fri., May 30, 7:30 p.m. 2014

Pianist Bill Charlap has been leading this trio, with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), since the late 90s, and it’s long been established as one of jazz’s best, most precise mainstream bands. These guys aren’t pushing the envelope, but they inject the standard repertoire with charged vitality, irresistible swing, and melodic grace—traits in full bloom on their most recent album, 2007’s Live at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note). It sounds like a recording of the house band at a tony New York nightclub in the 50s, but the music is anything but musty or dated; its crispness, depth, and sophistication are all timeless qualities, representing mainstream jazz at its best. Since his trio’s most recent album, Charlap has released records with his mother (singer Sandy Stewart) and his wife (pianist Renee Rosnes), but this is still the best way to hear him. Dick Hyman, another peerless, history-focused pianist (he’s also well-known for scoring several key Woody Allen films), headlines with a solo set. —Peter Margasak

Price: $35, $5 for students


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