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Sandy Stewart & Bill Charlap Duo in the Theater

June 16 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us at The Birdland Theater for a wonderful evening with Sandy Stewart & Bill Charlap on June 16th at 8:30pm!

Sandy Stewart:

With a singing style that falls between jazz and cabaret, Sandy Stewart has on occasion gained bits of fame in the music world, being the mother of pianist Bill Charlap and the wife of the songwriter Moose Charlap. Stewart sang when she was 14 on a local television show in Philadelphia. She lied about her age and became the Gretz Beer Golden Girl, even though she was way too young to legally drink beer. When she was 16, she sang jazz regularly on NBC Radio, quite frequently with a rhythm section comprised of pianist Dick Hyman, guitarist Mundell Lowe, bassist Ed Safranski, and drummer Don Lamond. She moved to New York in 1954, appearing on the Ernie Kovacs television show, where she was Edie Adams’ replacement.

For 15 years, Sandy Stewart was a regular on television, making numerous appearances on variety shows including the Johnny Carson and Ed Sullivan shows. She acted in the 1959 Alan Freed film Go, Johnny, Go! and worked along the way with Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Steve Allen, and Benny Goodman. She had a surprise hit in 1962 with her recording of “My Coloring Book.” By the late ’60s she had a much lower profile, raising four children. Since then, Sandy Stewart has occasionally emerged in music, recording special projects including a program of Jerome Kern songs with Dick Hyman in 1985, an album with her family, and, in 2005, a set of ballads with Bill Charlap (Love Is Here to Stay) for Blue Note, one of the very few mother-son duet albums.

Bill Charlap:

Grammy Award-winning pianist Bill Charlap has performed with many of the leading artists of our time, from Phil Woods and Benny Carter to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is acclaimed for his interpretations of the American popular songbook, and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Duke Ellington.

Charlap is Artistic Director of the Jazz in July festival at NYC’s 92nd Street Y. He has also produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the Chicago Symphony Center and the Hollywood Bowl. He is Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Founded in 1973, the program is one of the longest-running and most respected jazz programs in the world. Born in New York City, Charlap began playing the piano at age three. His father was Broadway composer Moose Charlap, whose credits include Peter Pan, and his mother is Grammy-nominated singer Sandy Stewart, who toured with Benny Goodman.


June 16
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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