Interview with Jazz Musician Bill Charlap
Bill Charlap comes from a musical family. His father was the composer Moose Charlap, best known for the score of Peter Pan and his mother, Sandy Stewart, a singer, who was a regular on Perry Como’s Kraft Musical Hall, and recorded the hit song “My Coloring Book.”
Bill recorded Love Is Here to Stay, and Something to Remember with his mother. His albums Somewhere, featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein, and Live at The Village Vanguard received Grammy Award nominations. The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern, which he produced with Tony Bennett, won the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. He was the musical director of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, A Celebration of Johnny Mercer. He succeeded Dick Hyman as Artistic Director of New York City’s 92nd Street Y and is the Director of Jazz Studies at William Patterson University.