Dee Dee Bridgewater and Bill Charlap performing together onstage

Two masters of jazz, one stage

Experience the convergence of inimitable jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater and acclaimed jazz pianist Bill Charlap as they craft daring, captivating interpretations of Ellington, Porter, Sondheim, Legrand, Simon and others at our FIRST SHOW of the 2023-24 Season on September 22.

Dee Dee Bridgewater, a Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz icon and recipient of an NEA Jazz Masters Fellows Award with honors, boasts a remarkable career spanning four decades. Her vocal prowess has earned worldwide praise, as she masterfully puts her unique touch on standards and fearlessly reimagines jazz classics. Bridging musical genres, Bridgewater started her career as a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Big Band, and throughout the 70s she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie.

Grammy-winning pianist Bill Charlap is renowned for his performances alongside top artists like Phil Woods, Benny Carter, Gerry Mulligan, and Wynton Marsalis. He excels in interpreting the American popular songbook, showcasing works by Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and more. Leading the Bill Charlap Trio since 1997, with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, the group is hailed as one of jazz's finest. 

Don’t miss our opening show of the 2023-24 season as we are very excited to present this rare collaboration of two jazz masters displaying their inimitable musical chemistry on stage at Royce Hall.