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Female Singer of the Year / Up and Coming Artist of the Year—2014 Jazz Journalists Awards

Female Vocalist of the Year / Jazz Album of the Year (WomanChild) / Rising Star–Jazz Artist / Rising Star–Female Vocalist—2014 DownBeat International Critics Poll

Now is the time to hear singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, on fire with a 2014 Grammy® nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, a Thelonious Monk Competition win and plaudits including two New York Times profiles.

With Bill Charlap and his trio, she pays tribute to one of her primary influences, jazz great Sarah Vaughan, with American Songbook classics including “April in Paris,” “Body & Soul” and “Lullaby of Birdland.”

Meet artistic director Bill Charlap and celebrate his ten years of leadership of Jazz in July

Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals
The Bill Charlap Trio
           Bill Charlap, piano
           Peter Washington, bass
           Kenny Washington, drums
Jesse Davis, alto sax


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.

Sarah Vaughan sings “Misty,” 1964

Sarah Vaughan sings “From this Moment On,” 1981

Quartet of Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, Peggy Lee and Roberta Flack from a 1973 special saluting Duke Ellington

Cécile McLorin Salvant sings “I Didn't Know What Time it Was,” at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, from her album Woman-Child

Cécile McLorin Salvant sings “Nobody” live on WNYC’s “Soundcheck,” June 27, 2013

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Sarah Vaughan: A biography from PBS “American Masters”

Jazz critic Leonard Feather called her “the most important singer to emerge from the bop era.” Ella Fitzgerald called her the world’s “greatest singing talent.” During the course of a career that spanned nearly fifty years, she was the singer’s singer, influencing everyone from Mel Torme to Anita Baker. She was among the musical elite identified by their first names. She was Sarah, Sassy—the incomparable Sarah Vaughan.

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Photo: William P. Gottlieb

Note: Sarah Vaughan appeared with the Phineas Newborn Trio at 92nd Street Y’s second jazz concert, on March 1, 1959. The first was with Thelonious Monk and Art Farmer, on April 23, 1955.

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Guest Artists Bios

Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals

Winner of the 2010 Thelonius Monk Jazz Vocal Competition, Cécile McLorin Salvant is quickly capturing the excitement of the musical world. Born in Miami to a French mother and Haitian father, her interests were in classical music, and she moved to Aix-en-Provence, France to study law as well as classical voice. There she met jazz reeds player Jean-Francois Bonnel, who began her formal jazz training, and she made her first CD, Cécile, with his Paris quintet in 2009. Ms. McLorin Salvant has since performed around the world with such artists as Wynton Marsalis, Sadao Wantanabe and Jacky Terrasson. Her second album, WomanChild, was nominated for 2014 Grammy and Les Victoires de la Musique du Jazz awards and has just won the 2014 DownBeat Critics Poll for jazz album of the year. Ms. McLorin Salvant has won in three other DownBeat categories: best female vocalist, rising star–jazz artist and rising star–female vocalist. Her website is
Photo: John Abbott

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Jesse Davis, alto sax

Born in New Orleans, Jesse Davis drew his first influences from Grover Washington, Jr., until Ellis Marsalis at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts urged him to listen to Charlie Parker. His first professional gig was with Illinois Jacquet’s big band, followed by Chico Hamilton’s quartet and Clark Terry’s quintet. While in a recording studio with the duo TanaReid, Mr. Davis was invited to join the Concord label, which led to seven recordings over ten years. His most recent CD is Live at Smalls, featuring the Jesse Davis Quintet, released in 2012 by SmallsLIVE. He has led bands and performed around the world with artists like Cedar Walton, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, Mel Tormé and Mulgrew Miller.
Photo: Dragan Tasic

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Peter Washington, bass

Peter Washington has a discography of more than 450 recordings. Born in Los Angeles, Mr. Washington played classical bass as a teen and majored in English literature at UC Berkeley, where he became interested in jazz. He was invited by Art Blakey to join the Jazz Messengers in New York. From there, he became part of two of jazz’s most celebrated trios: the Tommy Flanagan Trio, and for the past 16 years, the Bill Charlap Trio. Mr. Washington’s work roster includes Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Johnny Griffin, Bobby Hutcherson and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. In 2009 he was part of The Blue Note 7, a septet formed in honor of the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records. The group recorded the album Mosaic and toured the US in 2009.
Photo: Richard Termine

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Kenny Washington, drums

Kenny Washington was born in Brooklyn. In 1977, while still in his teens, he worked with Lee Konitz and his nonet. He has been a member of the Bill Charlap Trio for 16 years and has performed and recorded with dozens of major artists, including Benny Carter, Betty Carter, Ron Carter, Tommy Flanagan, Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval and Benny Goodman. Mr. Washington is a noted jazz historian and radio personality; he has written liner notes and helped prepare re-releases by Art Blakey, Count Basie and others, and he was an announcer on WBGO jazz radio. He currently serves on the faculties of Purchase College (SUNY) and The Juilliard School, teaching drums and jazz history.
Photo: Richard Termine

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NEWS FLASH: Cécile McLorin Salvant Wins Four Categories in DownBeat Critics Poll, including Jazz Album and Female Vocalist (6/23/14)

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