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92Y Jazz In July Festival Announces 2017 Season - Bill Charlap, Artistic Director

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Featuring: Carl Allen, Walter Blanding, Aaron Diehl, Jon Faddis, Benny Golson, Jon Gordon, Jimmy Heath, Dick Hyman, Ingrid Jensen, Roger Kellaway, Brian Lynch, Harold Mabern, Dennis Mackrel, Jane Monheit, Jeremy Pelt, Ken Peplowski, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Renee Rosnes, Gary Smulyan, Sandy Stewart, Warren Vache

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92nd Street Y announces the 33nd Annual 92Y Jazz in July Festival, with artistic director Bill Charlap at the helm. Jazz in July runs from Tuesday, July 18 through Thursday, July 27, featuring the world's greatest jazz musicians in unique, once- in-a- lifetime performances.

Jazz in July opens with a birthday bash for its first artistic director, piano giant and NEA Jazz Master Dick Hyman. The following night, Benny Golson & Jimmy Heath: Meeting of the Maestros is a rare opportunity to see two living legends of jazz — both NEA Jazz Masters — on stage together. Guys and Dolls Play the Greater Loesser and Cole Porter: Easy to Love spotlight the jazz sides of two major American Songbook composers, featuring vocalists Jane Monheit (Grammy-nominee) and Cécile McLorin Salvant (Grammy-winner), respectively. Harold Mabern, Roger Kellaway and Aaron Diehl join Bill Charlap for a mix of duo, trio and solo keyboard line-ups paying tribute to the greatest jazz pianist of all time in The Art of Tatum and the festival closes where jazz began, with Louis Armstrong: What a Wonderful World, featuring trumpet virtuosos Jon Faddis, Brian Lynch and Warren Vaché.

“There is no other jazz festival like Jazz in July,” comments Bill Charlap. “Every night features one-night- only, one-of-a-kind performances with stellar casts of world-renowned jazz artists.”

Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many of the leading jazz artists of our time. His celebrated trio, with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, has been together for 20 years. Last year Charlap won a Grammy with Tony Bennett for their album Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap: The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern on RPM/Columbia. The trio’s most recent release, Notes from New York (Impulse!) was awarded five stars in Downbeat. His discography also includes the Grammy Award-nominated albums The Bill Charlap Trio- Live at the Village Vanguard and Some The Songs of Leonard Bernstein (Blue Note). In 2010, he released Double Portrait, a collaboration with his wife, the renowned pianist Renee Rosnes, recorded at 92nd Street Y. Charlap is Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University.

Charlap curates Jazz in July in collaboration with Hanna Arie-Gaifman, Director of 92Y Tisch Center for the Arts, which produces 92Y's concert series, including Jazz in July.

92Y Jazz in July 2017 Schedule

DICK HYMAN FOREVER!
Tue, Jul 18, 7:30 pm

Kick off the festival with a swinging celebration of piano giant Dick Hyman in his 90th year. The NEA Jazz Master and former Jazz in July artistic director is joined by his longtime keyboard companions Bill Charlap and Ted Rosenthal — and the timeless vocals of Sandy Stewart. With clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski and a rhythm section featuring the great Dennis Mackrel on drums and Jay Leonhart on bass, we salute the master, from his unique versions of beloved standards to his brilliant originals. Here’s to you, Dick!

Dick Hyman, piano / Bill Charlap, piano / Ted Rosenthal, piano / Sandy Stewart, vocals / Ken Peplowski, clarinet / Randy Sandke, trumpet / Walter Blanding, tenor sax / Chuck Redd, vibes / Howard Alden, guitar / Jay Leonhart, bass / Dennis Mackrel, drums

BENNY GOLSON & JIMMY HEATH: MEETING OF THE MAESTROS
Wed, Jul 19, 7:30 pm

It’s a historic occasion when Benny Golson and Jimmy Heath share the stage. These two tenor sax trailblazers and NEA Jazz Masters go all the way back to 1950s Philadelphia. Their quintessential compositions, such as Golson’s “Whisper Not” and “I Remember Clifford" and Heath’s “C.T.A.” and “Gingerbread Boy,” are featured alongside melodies from the American Songbook canon. Hear them together, with fiery young trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and the world-class rhythm section of Bill Charlap, David Wong and Kenny Washington. Don’t miss this pair of jazz icons in their full musical glory.

Benny Golson, tenor sax / Jimmy Heath, tenor sax / Jeremy Pelt, trumpet / Bill Charlap, piano / David Wong, bass / Kenny Washington, drums

GUYS AND DOLLS PLAY THE GREATER LOESSER
Thu, Jul 20, 7:30 pm

Guys and Dolls, “On a Slow Boat to China," “Inchworm” — composer-lyricist Frank Loesser was one of the geniuses of musical theater and popular song. And his music has inspired decades of jazz artistry. Hear his hits interpreted by an all-star lineup, including husband-and-wife piano duo Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes and, making her Jazz in July debut, acclaimed vocalist Jane Monheit. With top-notch rhythm and horns, these guys and dolls will have you falling “Heart and Soul” for the magic of Loesser.

Jane Monheit, vocals / Bill Charlap, piano / Renee Rosnes, piano / Jon Gordon, alto sax / Ingrid Jensen, trumpet / Gary Smulyan, baritone sax / Sean Smith, bass / Carl Allen, drums

COLE PORTER: EASY TO LOVE!
Tue, Jul 25, 7:30 pm

“You’re the Top,” “Night and Day,” “All Through the Night”: Cole Porter — sophisticated, witty, passionate — was one of the most important and unique songwriters of America’s golden age. And Cécile McLorin Salvant possesses one of today’s most stunningly beautiful voices. Put the two together and you have a night no jazz lover can afford to miss. The dynamic trio of pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, plus the lyrical, swinging tenor saxophone of Harry Allen, round out a “swellegant” evening dedicated to the one and only Cole.

Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals / Bill Charlap, piano / Harry Allen, tenor sax / Peter Washington, bass / Kenny Washington, drums

THE ART OF TATUM
Wed, Jul 26, 2017, 7:30 pm

“I only play the piano, but tonight God is in the house.” That’s what Fats Waller said about Art Tatum, the greatest jazz pianist in history. Now four dazzling, distinct pianists are here to honor his legacy: Jazz in July artistic director Bill Charlap, rising piano star Aaron Diehl, the brilliant Roger Kellaway and the Memphis- born virtuoso Harold Mabern. Add Mabern protégés John Webber and Joe Farnsworth on bass and drums, plus tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander — and let the Tatum legend grow.

Bill Charlap, piano / Harold Mabern, piano / Roger Kellaway, piano / Aaron Diehl, piano / John Webber, bass / Joe Farnsworth, drums / Eric Alexander, tenor sax

LOUIS ARMSTRONG: WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
Thu, Jul 27, 7:30 pm

Louis Armstrong was the most important jazz musician of all time. From his early masterpieces (“Potato Head Blues,” “West End Blues”) to later hits like “What a Wonderful World,” he revolutionized American music. Catch three of today’s trumpet giants — Warren Vaché, Jon Faddis and Brian Lynch — as they pay sizzling tribute to the singular Satchmo, with a classic New Orleans rhythm section in full force behind them. The perfect coda to Jazz in July 2017.

Jon Faddis, trumpet / Warren Vaché, trumpet / Brian Lynch, trumpet / John Allred, trombone / Ken Peplowski, clarinet / Nick Russo, guitar & banjo / Bill Charlap, piano / Peter Washington, bass / Paul Wells, drums

ABOUT JAZZ IN JULY

This annual summer jazz festival, directed by pianist and Impulse! recording artist Bill Charlap, brings together some of the world's best jazz musicians for once- in-a-lifetime performances at 92nd Street Y. Recent Festival shows have explored be-bop and Latin jazz; celebrated jazz legend Jimmy Heath and former artistic director Dick Hyman; and sampled the work of great composers, from Cole Porter to Thelonious Monk. Past line-ups have featured jazz greats Ray Bryant, Jim Hall, Tom Harrell, Barry Harris, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Eddie Palmieri, Chris Potter, Dr. Billy Taylor, Trio Da Paz, Frank Wess and Phil Woods. 92Y Jazz in July is partially endowed by a generous gift from Simona and Jerome A. Chazen. Additional support is generously provided by Mrs. Suzanne Valenstein and an anonymous donor.

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