92Y Presents Jazz in July Festival, July 16-26

Bill Charlap, Artistic Director

All Concerts at 8:00 pm

TICKETS + INFORMATION: www.92y.org/Jazz or 212.415.5500

 

Tickets from $48 / Age 35 & Younger - $25

Subscription Packages of 2 or More Concerts Available

 

New York, NY: March 8, 2012 – 92nd Street Y announces the annual 92Y Jazz in July festival, which runsfrom Monday, July 16 to Thursday, July 26. This is pianist and Blue Note recording artist Bill Charlap’s eighth year as 92Y Jazz in July’s artistic director.
 
Charlap brings together some of the world’s finest jazz players for once-in-a-lifetime performances. 92Y Jazz in July concerts begin with a rare New York appearance by the legendary Ernie Andrews and the great Freddy Cole in an evening of song; a celebration of Richard Rodgersclosesthe first week of the festival with a line-up including the incomparable Barbara Carroll, young vocal star Sachal Vasandani, and an all-star line-up including Warren Vaché. In between Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes explore the groundbreaking work of Bill Evans. The second week opens with a night bringing together Charlap with his Jazz in July predecessor Dick Hyman, who passed the artistic director baton in 2005.Art Blakey gets his due as Lewis Nash and Kenny Washington put the drums front and center and 92Y Jazz in July swings to a close with the Count Basie Orchestra and special guests NEA Jazz Master Frank Wess and festival favorite Bucky Pizzarelli. The festival kicks off with a Master Class for two aspiring pianists.
 
One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many of the leading jazz artists of our time. With his long-term trio of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, he has released a series of highly-acclaimed albums for the Blue Note label, including the Grammy-nominated CDs The Bill Charlap Trio – Live at the Village Vanguard and Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein. He produced and performed on Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records, a collection of classic Blue Note repertoire, and most recently, 2010’s Double Portrait, a collaboration with his wife, the renowned pianist Renee Rosnes, recorded at 92nd Street Y.
 

Charlap creates 92Y Jazz in July in conjunction with Hanna Arie-Gaifman, Director of 92Y Tisch Center for the Arts, which produces 92Y’s concert series, including Jazz in July

 

Performances

Monday, July 16
Bill Charlap, Ted Rosenthal, Sean Smith and Kenny Washington share their experience and expertise with two aspiring jazz pianists.
 
Tuesday, July 17
Two of America’s greatest interpreters of song open Jazz in July with two separate bands to create a festival-within-a-festival. Freddy Cole returns with his esteemed quartet, and in a rare New York appearance, the soulful Ernie Andrews performs with the Bill Charlap Trio and the bluesy tenor sax of Houston Person.
 
Freddy Cole,vocals & piano / Randy Napoleon,guitar / Elias Bailey,bass / Curtis Boyd, drums / Ernie Andrews, vocals / Bill Charlap, piano / Houston Person, tenor sax / Peter Washington, bass / Kenny Washington, drums
 
Wednesday, July 18
Bill Evans was not only a poet of the piano but also a major composer. Some of the world’s finest improvisers - including Joe La Barbera, a member of Evans’ important last trio – cover all aspects of Evans’ career from his trios, quintets, solo and duo playing, featuring such masterpieces as “Waltz for Debby” and “Interplay.” His ground-breaking Conversations with Myself and his distinctive conception of the American Songbook will also be explored 
 
Bill Charlap, piano / Renee Rosnes, piano / Steve Nelson, vibes / Greg Gisbert, trumpet / Dave Stryker, guitar / Scott Colley, bass / Joe La Barbera, drums
 
Thursday, July 19
"Where or When," "If I Loved You," "My Funny Valentine": the exquisite melodies of Richard Rodgers are unsurpassed. Join a stellar lineup that includes rising vocal star Sachal Vasandani, cornet virtuoso Warren Vaché, and the elegant duo of Barbara Carroll and Jay Leonhart.
 
Bill Charlap, piano / Barbara Carroll, piano & vocals / Sachal Vasandani, vocals / Warren Vaché, cornet / Jon Gordon, alto sax / John Allred, trombone / Jay Leonhart, bass / Sean Smith, bass / Tim Horner, drums
 
Tuesday, July 24 
Two consummate musicians (who are also distant cousins) showcase their mastery of the keyboard in a dazzling evening of jazz piano. This concert also highlights the musical connection between Sandy Stewart and Dick Hyman that dates back to the early 1950s when Stewart was 16. Ken Peplowski and Harry Allen’s effervescent improvisations add to the excitement.
 
Dick Hyman, piano / Bill Charlap, piano / Sandy Stewart, vocals / Ken Peplowski, clarinet / Harry Allen, tenor sax / Jay Leonhart, bass / Willie Jones III, drums
 
Wednesday, July 25
Legendary bandleader and drummer Art Blakey was a mentor to countless jazz icons who rose to prominence under his direction. Hear classic hits from the Jazz Messengers canon by Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, Benny Golson, Cedar Walton, Freddie Hubbard and more. It’s also an historic meeting of Lewis Nash and Kenny Washington: two of the most prodigious drummers in the world.
 
Lewis Nash, drums / Kenny Washington, drums / Joe Magnarelli, trumpet / Jimmy Greene, tenor sax / Michael Dease, trombone / Bill Charlap, piano / Renee Rosnes, piano / Peter Washington, bass
 
Thursday, July 26
The Grammy Award-winning Count Basie Orchestra is the “swingingest band in all the land”—an American Institution that’s been thriving for 76 years. NEA Jazz Master Frank Wess (an original member of the Basie Orchestra) guitar giant Bucky Pizzarelli, Bill Charlap, Peter Washington and Dennis Mackrel play Basie small group classics and Dennis Mackrel leads the Basie Big Band and lets the orchestra swing with such favorites as “April in Paris” and “One O’ Clock Jump.”
 

Frank Wess, tenor sax / Bucky Pizzarelli, guitar / Bill Charlap, piano / Peter Washington, bass / Dennis Mackrel, drums and / Count Basie Orchestra, directed by Dennis Mackrel

About Jazz in July

This annual summer jazz festival, directed by pianist and Blue Note 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 living jazz legends Jim Hall, Jimmy Heath and former artistic director Dick Hyman; and sampled the work of great composers, from Cole Porter to Thelonious Monk. Recent line-ups have featured jazz greats Ray Bryant, Barry Harris, Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Palmieri, Trio Da Paz, and Frank Wess. For more information, please visit www.92Y.org/Jazz.
 

92Y Jazz in July is partially endowed by a generous gift from Simona and Jerome A. Chazen.

about 92nd street Y

92nd Street Y’s unique fusion of community and culture makes it the only place of its kind in the world. 92Y is a nonprofit community center, performance stage and lecture hall; a literary salon and home for artists; a school, outreach organization and summer camp; a gym, a residence and more. 92nd Street Y, a proudly Jewish institution since its inception in 1874, has become a community of communities, welcoming people of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds. Now serving more than 300,000 people each year in its New York facilities, 92Y also reaches millions of “virtual” guests around the world through its website, satellite broadcasts and other electronic media.  Committed to making its programs available to everyone, 92nd Street Y awards nearly $1 million in scholarships annually and reaches about 7500 public school children through subsidized arts and science education programs.  For more information, please visit www.92Y.org.