Mary Stallings & Bill Charlap Trio
Mary Stallings with the Bill Charlap Trio
Each generation, it seems, discovers Mary Stallings anew. A supremely soulful jazz singer, the San Francisco native has appeared alongside jazz greats including Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gillespie and the Count Basie Orchestra. With her supple sense of swing, blues-inflected phrasing, and gift for empathic interpretation, it’s easy to see why The New York Times declared “perhaps the best jazz singer alive today is a woman almost everybody seems to have missed.” Not SFJAZZ, however, where Stallings has performed many times over the years. In fact, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at our 2011 Gala. For the Herbst date she’s paired with world-class pianist Bill Charlap, in a project that both have eagerly anticipated. Charlap has established himself as one of the most respected keyboardists in jazz and leader of a truly telepathic trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. The extraordinary pairing of Stallings and Charlap promises an evening of rare beauty — and one you can only find at SFJAZZ.
Mary Stallings vocals
Bill Charlap piano
Peter Washington bass
Kenny Washington drums