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‘Legends of Jazz’ welcoming Bill Charlap

Grammy Award-winning pianist Bill Charlap was born into music. So wrote The News’ Jeff Simon recently, praising Charlap’s latest CD, “Notes From New York.” “Charlap is a piano player’s piano player; he’s also, as the son of a composer and a singer, a musician’s musician,” Simon wrote. (His parents were Moose Charlap, who wrote the wistful songs for “Peter Pan,” and singer Sandy Stewart.)

Charlap not only has a unique poetic touch on the piano, he loves musical offroading, exploring songs other pianists have missed, articulating them in his uniquely sensitive fashion. His poetic style has won him universal admiration. Artists he has collaborated with include Tony Bennett, Phil Woods, Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis.

In a dream come true for local jazz students, he will be appearing at the Williamsville East auditorium at 7:30 p.m. May 19, performing with the school’s jazz orchestra and jazz combos. His appearance is part of the school’s “Legends of Jazz” series. Tickets are $16.50 and are reserved seating. For info, call 626-8425.

– Mary Kunz Goldman