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Bill Charlap, Junior Mance, Jacky Terrasson, Alex Wilson and Geoffrey Keezer play Bag's Groove

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Published on Jul 4, 2015

Live recording from the Jazz Open Stuttgart in 2002 featuring the five jazz pianists Bill Charlap, Junior Mance, Alex Wilson, Jacky Terrasson and Geoffrey Keezer.

"Bag's Groove" by Milt Jackson

Watch the full concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmjAy...

Pianist Bill Charlap, son of Broadway composer Moose Charlap ("Peter Pan") and singer Sandy Stewart (Benny Goodman), grew up in New York City. In addition to working with his own trio (with Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums) Charlap is a member of the Phil Woods Quintet since 1995. He also starred, among others with Benny Carter, Clark Terry, Jim Hall, Al Grey, Red Mitchell, Milt Hinton, Louie Bellson, Carol Sloane and Tony Bennett. In the late 80's Charlap spent two years as a member of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. In addition to his solo albums Charlap contributed to over 50 CD-recordings as a sideman.

Junior Mance belongs for more than half a century to the best interprets in the international jazz scene. In the 50s he played in the bob-oriented band of Lester Young. He accompanied Dinah Washington and Dizzy Gillespie on studio recordings and founded in the 60s his own trio with which he accompanied the singer Joe Williams. He impressively demonstrated his skills as a sideman on many recordings with among others artists as Aretha Franklin and blues guitarist Buddy Guy. Mance is known for its highly rhythmic, blues-play and has a vast repertoire of stylistic expression.

Jacky Terrasson, son of a French father and an African-American woman, took lessons with Jeff Gardner as a teenager and began his musical career in the mainstream scene of Paris. He has been musically influenced when studying at Berklee (Boston) and during his stay in Chicago before he became known in Europe as an accompanist of Dee Dee Bridgwater in Parisian clubs and at festivals with Ray Browns Two Bass Hits in Europe. In 1990, he moved to New York, where he was discovered by Arthur Taylor. In 1993, he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. Many recordings of and with Terrasson show that he is not only an excellent pianist, but also a very adventurous musician.

Alex Wilson loves to improvise, as he did on a tour of the Afro Cuban Allstars, where Wilson and his band were the supporting act. It was not easy at all for the Cubans to tie on to the athmosphere created by Wilsons Anglo-Cuban band. As a sideman, Wilson could learn a lot from British star saxophonist Courtney Pine who predicted him a great career, "Alex Wilson is the most exciting and original pianist we have in the UK. His Anglo-Cuban mixture is honest and unique."

Geoff Keezer was sort of set a career in the cradle. His parents were both piano teachers and therefore he found very early access to this instrument. Nevertheless, it was amazing that he became as 17-year-old pianist member of the band of Art Blakey with whom he worked then from 1988-1990. He then played together live and in the studio with Art Farmer and many other jazz greats. His records prove that he can get amazing things out from the keys. But Keezer is also a successful composer, e.g. of "Proclamation", that he has written for Roy Hargrove.

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    • Bag's Groove
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    • Bill Charlap|Junior Mance|Alex Wilson|Jacky Terrasson|Geoffrey Keezer
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