William Charlap’s ‘Uptown, Downtown’ Nominated for Grammy

William Paterson’s director of jazz studies latest work is nominated for a Grammy at the 60th annual award show.


The Bill Charlap Trio: Kenny Washington (left) Bill Charlap (middle) and Peter Washington (right), thekurlandagency.com

John Fiorino, Entertainment Editor

William Paterson Director of Jazz Studies and internationally known pianist, William Charlap, has been nominated for a Grammy for the second time in three years. His most recent work with the Bill Charlap Trio, “Uptown, Downtown” is nominated for “Best Jazz Instrumental Album.”

In total, The Bill Charlap Trio have received three Grammy nominations before this latest occurrence. In 2015, he won the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern.” Over the last 20 years, the Trio has had the honor of working with other famous acts such as Freddy Cole, Houston Person and Tony Bennett.

The Bill Charlap Trio was formed in 1997 and is a world-renowned jazz group. They are also recognized as one of the leading names in the genre today. “Uptown, Downtown” will go up against four other acts nominated for the jazz award. Other acts include: Billy Childs’  “Rebirth,” Joey DeFrancesco & The People’s “Project Freedom,” Fred Hersch’s “Open Book” and Chris Potter’s “The Dreamer Is The Dream.”

“I’m delighted to be recognized by my peers and by the industry,” Charlap said. “I’m also very proud to be in the company of the other nominees.”

Charlap’s next performance will take place on Saturday Dec. 9 in Danbury, Conn. at 8 p.m. The 60th annual Grammy Awards will take place on Jan. 28, 2018, broadcast on CBS.