Bill Charlap / Sandy Stewart
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William Morrison Charlap, 15 October 1966, New York City, New York, USA. Charlap was born into a musical family: his mother, Sandy Stewart, a singer, his father, Broadway composer Mark Moose Charlap (b. 19 December 1928), his brother Tom, a bass player; and there are familial links with Dick Hyman. He began playing piano at the age of three and later studied both privately and also at the New York High School of Performing Arts. Although his studies took him into classical music, it was to jazz that he was especially attracted. His professional career found him working with band leaders Gerry Mulligan, Benny Carter, Rufus Reid and Louie Bellson, with singers Helen Merrill, Sheila Jordan, Tony Bennett, Carol Sloane, and he also accompanied and recorded with his mother. He has performed in duo with bass players Michael Moore and Sean Smith, appearing with the latter on Live for Chiaroscuro Records, and with several other pianists, among them Hyman, Sir...