MUSIC: “Bill Charlap and Jillian Lebeck”

From Willamette Week, 2/13/08 [Portland Jazz Festival Coverage]:

The son of a Broadway songwriter, Blue Note pianist Bill Charlap never seems to have strayed far from his affinity for the whimsy and charm of the Great American Songbook. His trio, including bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), alternate between Speedy Gonzalez-paced ditties featuring prominent walking bass lines and fanciful piano runs to slower, more delicate piano ballads. Charlap’s shared the bill with Wynton Marsalis, Benny Carter, Tony Bennett and Marian McPartland (of NPR Piano Jazz fame). For the festival, he’ll follow the 88-key variations of Vancouver, B.C., native and pianist-songwriter Jillian Lebeck. LANCE KRAMER.

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