SUMMIT, NJ - Six-time series performer and West Orange Resident Bill Charlap will return to the Afternoon Music Concert stage will a solo show November 18, beginning at 4 p.m., at the Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit. The audience is invited to meet the renowned jazz pianist at a reception after the performance.
Charlap is known for his interpretations of American jazz standards, familiar Broadway tunes and the Great American Songbook. He has performed with many leading artists, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis, and he often collaborates in a duo piano setting with his wife Renee Rosnes, also a well-known jazz pianist.       
His most recent album, Uptown Downtown on the Impulse!/Verve label, was a 2018 GRAMMY nominee for best jazz instrumental album. As with most of his recordings and performances, he played with his trio on the album, a group with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums. The trio's Notes from New York in 2016 earned a five-star review in Downbeat.

"Charlap is in gorgeously lyrical form," wrote Jazz Weekly, "and the Washingtons supply deft support...Excellent!"          

For more than a decade, Charlap has been artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at the 92nd Street Y. Since 2015, he has been director of William Paterson University’s Jazz Studies Program in Wayne, one of the longest-running and most respected jazz programs in the country.

Afternoon Music tickets are $25, $20 for seniors. Students are welcome free. Subscriptions for all three concerts are $65, seniors $50. For advance tickets, send a check made out to 'Afternoon Music' to Beacon UU, c/o Afternoon Music, 4 Waldron Avenue, Summit, NJ, 07901. There are no reserved seats.

The series is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.

Further information is available by calling 908-273-2899.