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We Always Swing Jazz Series: Bill Charlap Trio November 13

Bill Charlap by Keith Major

The We Always Swing Jazz Series continues its Sundays @ Murry’s series with the Bill Charlap Trio on November 13th. Charlap leads one of the present-day heavyweight piano trios, having astutely absorbed the work of other keyboard-bass-drum combos such as those with Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, or Kenny Barron at the helm.

At this juncture, so broad in scope and refined is Charlap’s piano playing in this musical context that, during any given performance, he flirts with perfection on multiple occasions.

However, Charlap himself will tell you that he does so, in no small part due to the combined sum of the two other parts. Bassist Noriko Uedo, who arrived from Japan and lives in New York is a first-call musician who represents one-sixth of Artemis, the all-women “Superband.”

Lewis Nash, drummer par excellence, also impresses in the trio setting. Perhaps spending a decade with the Tommy Flanagan Trio has something to do with that. If you’re looking to experience the piano trio, Charlap’s “variation on this theme” is a great place to do so.

Tickets and more information can by found by calling the Jazz Series at 573/449-3009

or by visiting

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