Win tickets to Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes this Saturday, July 9

Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes are two of the best jazz pianists in the world. And they’re married. So when they decided to perform together at the Stanford Jazz Workshop, they had a tough compromise to make: Who was bringing the rhythm section?

Bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash are the beneficiaries of this decision. But so are you, as together, Renee and Bill have been playing with Peter and Lewis for well over a decade; this is going to be one heck of a great show! The performance is Saturday night at 8 p.m. in Dinkelspiel Auditorium on the campus of Stanford University, and you can be there for free!

Just be among the first 10 people to answer this question correctly: From whose trio did Peter Washington and Lewis Nash come originally, from Bill’s or from Renee’s?

The winning answers must be correct for both Peter and Lewis!

Email your answer to [email protected]. Winners will be notified by return email. Tickets will be held at Will Call on the evening of the performance, on July 9. Box office opens 1 hour prior to showtime, at 7 p.m.

Good luck!

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SF Chronicle interviews Andrew Speight in Sunday Datebook

Of the music of Charlie Parker, Andrew Speight told Chronicle writer Lee Hildebrand that “It had all the precision and beauty of Bach or Mozart.” The fascinating article delves deep into Andrew’s upbringing in a jazz-focused family in Australia, and is available in today’s Sunday San Francisco Chronicle, or you can read it online by clicking here. Andrew performs a special concert of the music of Charlie Parker this coming Saturday, July 16, at 8 p.m. in Dinkelspiel Auditorium on the Stanford campus. Called “Bird with Strings,” the show will present arrangements written for Charlie Parker at his request that showcase his superb melodic gifts backed by strings, oboe, and rhythm section. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the great modern exponents of bebop (Andrew Speight) interpreting these astonishing arrangements, and you can find out more by clicking here.