Sunday night I went to Dizzie’s Club to experience a truly memorable evening in my jazz fan life.
The Bill Charlap Trio played standards from the American Songbook (songs like April In Paris, It’s Only A Paper Moon, An Affair To Remember) with the exquisite finesse that only masters of their instruments could produce together.
The trio consisted of Bill Charlap, piano, Sir Ron Carter on bass and Kenny Washington on the drums.
It was my first experience of Bill Charlap, ( who is married to the wonderful pianist Renee Rosner) . He brought intense joy to his music with his impeccable and unique craftmanship.
Sir Ron Carter, who is my number one favorite jazz bassist, held the audience spellbound with a solo medley which started and ended with Taps, You are My Sunshine and Bach’s Cello Concerto in the middle!
With master drummer Kenny Washington added to the Trio and the fact that these well seasoned musicians have played with each other countless times, the timing and synchronization was seamless and exciting.
What I noticed was that they were so in-tune with each other that there were almost none of the usual visual or musical cues that most jazz combos use to signal each other during a song.
From the moment the music began till the very last note I couldn’t help but smile my biggest smile to express the sheer joy I experienced in the music. It also was the longest set I have ever experienced at Dizzie’s. Wow! Truly amazing!
Here are a few pictures taken by Frank Stewart and posted on Dizzie’s Facebook page- so sorry that they are not my own.