“Bernstein’s New York songs…are filled with a melodic sensibility and rhythmic vitality all his own. His compositions dance with the urgency of jazz, Latin and Cuban music.”—Bill Charlap
Be transported to the iconic Greenwich Village jazz clubs of Wonderful Town, 1950s street gangs of West Side Story and more New York landmarks from Leonard Bernstein.
The songs of Leonard Bernstein Broadway scores captured the excitement and energy his beloved New York—from the Bronx up to the Battery down.
Read a special commentary on Leonard Bernstein by Jazz in July artistic director Bill Charlap in the Program Notes.
Brian Lynch, trumpet
Jimmy Greene, tenor sax
Jon Gordon, alto sax
Bill Charlap, piano
Peter Washington, bass
Kenny Washington, drums
Daniel Sadownick, percussion
Program will include:
From West Side Story
"Somewhere" / "Maria" ? "Something's Coming" / "Mambo" / "Cool"
From On the Town
"New York, New York – A Helluva Town" / "Lucky to be Me"
From Wonderful Town
"Wrong-Note Rag" / "It’s Love"
"Glitter and be Gay"
Join us for more Jazz! This event can be purchased as part of a 2-concert, 4-concert or 6-concert package.
Jazz in July is partially endowed by a generous gift from Simona and Jerome A. Chazen.
“Some Other Time!,” sung by Eileen Farrell, accompanied (with singing) by Leonard Bernstein, from On the Town, the musical
“Tonight,” sung by Carol Lawrence and Larry Kurt (the original Maria and Tony), on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Nov 2, 1958, from West Side Story
“Make Our Garden Grown,” performed by the New York Philharmonic with Paul Groves, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LuPone, Sir Thomas Allen, etc., from Candide
“Interview—Burton Bernstein”—Leonard Bernstein’s brother reminisces about On the Town and the origin of the “Mambo” theme from West Side Story