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Play me a Hoagie Carmichael song and I hear the banging of a screen door and the whine of an outboard motor on a lake—familiar sounds from summer in a small-town America that’s long gone but still longed for.”—William Zinsser, from Easy to Remember: The Great American Songwriters and Their Songs

Jazz in July kicks off as the songs of singular American composer Hoagy Carmichael are launched to new improvisatory heights, based on the influence of cornet geniuses Bix Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong.

Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet
Harry Allen, tenor sax
James Chirillo, guitar
Bill Charlap, piano
Ted Rosenthal, piano
Sandy Stewart, vocals
Todd Coolman, bass
Dennis Mackrel, drums

Program includes:
“Heart and Soul”
“In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening”
“Lazy River”
“Ole Buttermilk Sky”
“Riverboat Shuffle”
“Rockin’ Chair”
“The Nearness of You”
“Two Sleepy People”


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.

“Stardust,” sung by Hoagy Carmichael (audio only)

“Stardust,” sung by Louis Armstrong with his band (audio only–early recording)

“Am I Blue,” sung by Hoagy Carmichael with Lauren Bacall, from To Have and Have Not

“Georgia on My Mind,” sung by Ray Charles, from “Midnight Special,” 1976

Explore the Music

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Hoagy Carmichael—A Biography from The Hoagy Carmichael Collection at Indiana University

The year 1899 was a seminal one in American music. For in the space of seven months three auspicious events took place. Scott Joplin published his Maple Leaf Rag—whose acceptance would become emblematic of the mainstreaming of African-American music in American culture. And two figures who would play pivotal roles in 20th century music—Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael—were born.

Click here to read the full bio.

Photo: Hoagy Carmichael and Duke Ellington at studios in London; Richard Levin, BBC

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Guest Artists Bios

Jon-Erik Kellso, trumpet

Jon-Erik Kellso has been a member of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks since 1989, frequently appearing with them at 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists concerts. He also leads the EarRegulars, a jazz quartet performing at the Ear Inn on Spring St on Sunday nights; the EarRegulars just released its first CD. Mr. Kellso has released five other CDs as a leader, including Blue Roof Blues: A Love Letter to New Orleans, and three with the great jazz cornetist Ruby Braff. He can also be heard on more than 100 recordings as a sideman, performing and recording with artists like Ralph Sutton, Howard Alden, Milt Hinton, Dick Hyman, Linda Ronstadt, Leon Redbone and Wynton Marsalis. His website is
Photo: Aidan Grant

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Harry Allen, tenor sax

Harry Allen has performed at jazz festivals and clubs around the world. Among the artists he has performed and/or recorded with are Rosemary Clooney, Frank Wess, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, James Taylor and Sheryl Crow. A Swing Bros. recording artist, Mr. Allen has more than 40 recordings to his name. Three of his CDs have won Gold Disc awards from Japan’s Swing Journal magazine. Last year he released Walk With Music: The Hoagy Carmichael Songbook, with pianist Rossano Sportiello and bass player Joel Forbes. Others include Conversations: The Johnny Burke Songbook with Sportiello; ‘Round Midnight with Scott Hamilton; Rhythm on the River; and the Harry Allen Quartet’s Live at Feinstein’s with Rebecca Kilgore. Mr. Allen’s website is

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James Chirillo, guitar

James Chirillo was a member of Benny Goodman’s last band and a charter member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and he now regularly performs with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsalis. He’s performed on Broadway in After Midnight and Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away. His debut CD, Sultry Serenade (Nagel-Heyer Records), was selected as a top five Critics’ Picks for the Year 2000 in Jazz Times. He’s made dozens of recordings with such artists as Kenny Davern, Tony Bennett, Joe Lovano, Houston Person and Dick Hyman. As a composer, Mr. Chirillo has written/conducted works for clarinetist Ken Peplowski (Homage Concerto), cornetist Warren Vaché (Valse Prismatique), the Gotham Wind Symphony, the US Military Academy Jazz Knights at West Point and many others. His website is

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Ted Rosenthal, piano

Ted Rosenthal has played worldwide as soloist, leader and sideman with many jazz greats including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, James Moody and Bob Brookmeyer. He has been a featured soloist with several major American orchestras. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, he has released 15 CDs as a leader; his latest, Rhapsody in Gershwin, reached #1 in jazz album sales at iTunes. It features his arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue for jazz trio. Mr. Rosenthal composes music ranging from jazz tunes to orchestral works and ballet scores, including one for Alvin Ailey. He is a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School and is a published author. His website is

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Sandy Stewart, vocals

Sandy Stewart has worked with such songwriters as Richard Rodgers, Jule Styne, Cy Coleman and her late husband, Moose Charlap. In 1962, she received a Grammy Award nomination for Kander & Ebb’s “My Coloring Book.” During the “Golden Age of Television” Ms. Stewart was a regular on “The Ernie Kovacs Show,” “CBS Morning Show,” “The Perry Como Show” and “The Ed Sullivan Show.” She is now a star of cabaret with her son Bill Charlap, with engagements at The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, Feinstein’s at the Regency and the 92Y Jazz series. This past February they appeared on the PBS series, “American Songbook at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).” They have released two CDs: last year’s Something to Remember and Love Is Here to Stay.
Photo: Richard Termine

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Todd Coolman, bass

Two-time Grammy Award-winning bassist Todd Coolman was a member of the James Moody Quartet for 25 years and has performed and/or recorded with jazz legends like Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Art Farmer, Lionel Hampton and Benny Goodman. He continues to be in demand as a sideman, performing with such artists as Jon Faddis and Renee Rosnes. He has released three CDs as a leader: Tomorrows, Lexicon and Perfect Strangers. Mr. Coolman is also a jazz educator who gives clinics and lectures, and he has written two books: The Bass Tradition and The Bottom Line. He serves on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College (SUNY), and in 2011 he was appointed director of the Skidmore Jazz Institute. His website is

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Dennis Mackrel, drums

Dennis Mackrel is a highly respected drummer, composer, arranger and conductor. A native of Nebraska, Mr. Mackrel was a member of the Count Basie Orchestra during the 1980s, and served as its leader from 2010 to 2013. He has also performed and recorded with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Hank Jones Trio, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, the George Shearing Quintet and the McCoy Tyner Big Band, whose Grammy Award-winning CDs include Mr. Mackrel’s arrangements, among many others. In Europe he has been guest conductor, arranger and/or soloist for such outstanding ensembles as the Kluvers Big Band in Aarhus, Denmark, the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the WDR Big Band in Cologne. His website is

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