William Paterson University Director of Jazz Studies Bill Charlap Collaborates with Tony Bennett and Diana Krall on New Album, 'Love Is Here to Stay'

Bill Charlap

Grammy award-winner Bill Charlap, internationally acclaimed pianist and director of William Paterson University’s Jazz Studies program, collaborated with music icons Tony Bennett and Diana Krall on Love Is Here to Stay, an all-Gershwin recording that features The Bill Charlap Trio. The Verve Records/Columbia Records album is set for a September 14 release.

Charlap, who joined William Paterson University in September 2015, is considered one of quintessential interpreters of the American Songbook. In addition to Bennett and Krall, he has performed with many leading artists from Phil Woods to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis.

His Trio is comprised of Charlap on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums.

Not only does Love Is Here to Stay feature The Bill Charlap Trio, but Charlap also served as co-producer for the album, along with Grammy Award winner Dae Bennett and executive producer Danny Bennett. The album will be released on CD, vinyl, digital and streaming platforms. 

In it, Tony Bennett and Krall share their love of George and Ira Gershwin’s music, performing duets of "Love Is Here to Stay," "S'Wonderful," "They Can't Take That Away from Me" and "Fascinating Rhythm," among the hit parade of Gershwin tunes. 

Charlap and 92-year-old Tony Bennett have a successful history together. They received a Grammy Award for their 2016 collaboration, The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern.