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How to be immortal: be the court composer to Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.

In the year of his centenary, Jimmy van Heusen’s songs—“I Thought About You,” “Come Fly with Me,” “Like Someone in Love”—get the star treatment from the alluring voices of Dena DeRose and Freddy Cole and the lyrical tenor sax of Harry Allen.

Bill Charlap, piano
Dena DeRose, vocals & piano
Freddy Cole, vocals & piano
Harry Allen, tenor sax
Joe Magnarelli, trumpet
Peter Bernstein, guitar
Peter Washington, bass
Kenny Washington, drums


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.

NPR Weekend Edition: “The Composer who Tested Fighter Planes and partied with Sinatra,” by Jeff Lunden, Jan 26, 2013

Rita Reys and the Pim Jacobs Trio performing “Like Someone in Love,” from a 1961 Dutch TV program, 1961.

Frank Sinatra singing “Come Fly With Me,” from Nothing But the Best, 2008—audio only.

Bing Crosby singing “Swinging on a Star” with boys chorus in clip from Going My Way, 1944.

Dinah Shore singing “Imagination” from “The Dinah Shore Show,” 1956.

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If there's any doubt about the enduring popularity of Jimmy Van Heusen, here’s a performance by Michael Buble of "Come Dance With Me" from this season's "Dancing with the Stars."

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We’ve asked five of the artists performing in the Jimmy Van Heusen concert to give us their favorite recording of their favorite Van Heusen song—two of them picked the same song, but different artists.

Bill Charlap, artistic director & piano: "Like Someone in Love," by Bill Evans, from From Left to Right
Dena DeRose, vocals & piano: "I Could Have Told You," by Carmen McRae from Alone
Harry Allen, tenor sax: "Only the Lonely," by Frank Sinatra, from Only the Lonely
Joe Magnarelli, trumpet: "Like Someone in Love," by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, from Like Someone in Love
Peter Bernstein, guitar: "Deep in a Dream," by Sonny Clark, from Leapin' and Lopin'

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One of Jimmy Van Heusen’s most successful partnerships was with Sammy Cahn. Will Friewald of The Wall Street Journal has written an engaging article about this great musical team, “They Went Together like a Horse and Carriage”:

The question most inevitably asked of songwriters is always, "What comes first, the words or the music?" Lyricist Sammy Cahn, whose centennial is being celebrated this year alongside that of his most celebrated partner, composer Jimmy Van Heusen, had a ready-made answer: "The phone call."

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Visit the official website for a wealth of information, including a schedule of centennial events, led off by the 92Y
Jazz in July concert.

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Explore the Music

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Jimmy Van Heusen—A Biography

From the Songwriters Hall of Fame website—Jimmy Van Heusen Exhibit

Composer Jimmy Van Heusen was born Edward Chester Babcock, in Syracuse, New York on January 26, 1913. Growing up in Syracuse, he began writing songs while still in high school. At the age of 16, he had a regular program on a small Syracuse radio station and as an announcer and adopted the last name of Van Heusen (inspired by the men’s Collar manufacture of the same name). After graduating from high school, Van Heusen attended Cazenovia College and Syracuse University where he studied music with instructor Colburn and later with Howard Lyman.

Moving to New York City in 1933, Van Heusen took a job as a staff pianist with Remick Music Publishing. In 1938, on the heels of his first hit publication “It’s the Dreamer In Me,” Van Heusen was put under contract with Remick as a songwriter and began collaborating with lyricist Eddie De Lange. In the short time De Lange and Van Heusen worked together, they produced nearly 20 hit songs, including “All I Remember is You,” “All This and Heaven Too,” “Can I Help it,” “Darn That Dream,” “This Is Madness to Love,” “Heaven Can Wait,” “Sympathy,” “Moonland,” “So Help Me” and “Swingin’ a Dream.”

By 1939, Van Heusen had started working with another lyricist, Johnny Burke. Together, the two began their own publishing firm BurVan, Inc. Van Heusen would continue to be an active music publisher for the rest of his career founding the firms Maraville Music Corp. and Famous Music.

Collaborating on the Broadway shows Nelly Bly and Carnival in Flanders, as well as over 30 films, the Van Heusen-Burke team was one of the most successful partnerships from Tin Pan Alley. Under contract with Paramount Studios, Van Heusen and Burke moved to Hollywood in 1940. Together they wrote the hit songs “Polka Dots and Moonbeams,” “Imagination,” “It’s Always You,” “Moonlight Become You,” “Swinging on a Star” (1945 Academy Award for Best Song), “Personality,” “Would You?,” “But Beautiful,” “Once and For Always,” “You’re In Love with Someone,” “Life is So Peculiar,” “Got the Moon in My Pocket,” “Suddenly It’s Spring,” “It Could Happen to You” and “Like Someone in Love.”

In 1956, Burke semi-retired from songwriting and Van Heusen started another successful partnership with legendary lyricist Sammy Cahn. The Van Heusen–Cahn catalog includes “Love and Marriage” (1955 Emmy Award for Best Song), “All the Way” (1957 Academy Award for Best Song), “High Hopes” (1959 Academy Award for Best Song), “The Second Time Around,” “To Love and Be Loved,” “Call Me Irresponsible” (1964 Academy Award for Best Song), “Incurably Romantic,” “Come Fly With Me,” “Come Dance With Me” and “Only the Lonely”.

Throughout his forty year career, Van Heusen received 10 Oscar nominations for Best Song in a Motion Picture, 4 Academy Awards for Best Song in a Motion Picture, 1 Emmy Award for Best Musical Contribution and 6 Golden Laurel Nominations for Best Music in a Motion Picture.

Jimmy Van Heusen died on February 7, 1990.

Visit the Songwriters Hall of FameJimmy Van Heusen Exhibit for audio clips, a song catalog, recommended recordings and more.

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Artist Bios

Bill Charlap, artistic director & piano

This year marks Bill Charlap’s ninth summer as artistic director of 92nd Street Y’s Jazz in July summer festival. One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Mr. Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Time magazine wrote, “Bill Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…no matter how imaginative or surprising his take on a song is, he invariably zeroes in on its essence.”

In 1997, Mr. Charlap formed the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington (no relation), now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. In 2000, he signed with Blue Note Records and has since received two Grammy nominations, for Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and The Bill Charlap Trio: Live at the Village Vanguard. The Trio performs all over the world; their New York engagements include regular appearances at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and they will return to the Village Vanguard for a two-week run this fall. In 2009, Mr. Charlap was pianist and musical director for The Blue Note 7, an all-star jazz septet celebrating the legacy of Blue Note Records on its 70th anniversary. The septet performed a 50-city tour and released the CD, Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records.

Mr. Charlap’s experience as concert producer extends beyond Jazz in July. In the mid-1990s, he was the musical director of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, A Celebration of Johnny Mercer,” part of New York’s JVC Jazz Festival. He has produced several concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center and an evening of George Gershwin’s music at the Hollywood Bowl.

Born in New York City, Mr. Charlap began playing the piano at age three. His father was Broadway composer Moose Charlap, whose credits include Peter Pan, and his mother is singer Sandy Stewart, who appeared on the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como shows and earned a Grammy nomination for her recording of “My Coloring Book.” In 2006, Mr. Charlap and Ms. Stewart released the acclaimed CD, Love Is Here to Stay on Blue Note; their second release, Something to Remember, on Ghostlight, was released this past January. They have appeared at The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel and Feinstein’s at the Regency and they have won New York Bistro and Nightlife awards. In February 2012, they appeared on the 92Y Jazz series.

Mr. Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist Renee Rosnes. The two artists often collaborate in a duo piano setting. In 2010, Mr. Charlap and Ms. Rosnes made Double Portrait, released on the Blue Note label and recorded at 92nd Street Y.

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Dena DeRose, vocals & piano

Dena DeRose performs at many of the world’s most respected jazz festivals and clubs, including Jazz in Marciac (France), the Monterey Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival (the Netherlands), the Red Sea Jazz Festival (Israel), The Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Yoshi’s San Francisco, Montmartre (Copenhagen), Widderbar (Zurich) and Swing Hall (Tokyo). A Binghamton native and former New Yorker for 15 years, she is head of jazz voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. Ms. DeRose has shared the stage with Clark Terry, Tootie Heath, Ray Brown, Benny Golson, Benny Green, Mark Murphy, John Scofield, and many others. She’s been featured on NPR's "Morning Edition" and Marian McPartland’s "Piano Jazz" numerous times. A multi-Grammy Award nominee, she has recorded 10 CDs as a leader, including 2012’s Travelin’ Light. Her website is

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Freddy Cole, vocals & piano

Freddy Cole was born into a storied family of musicians whose friends included Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton. He earned a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, which gave him an honorary degree last year, before building his career in New York City’s bistros. Mr. Cole and his trio are constantly on tour; this past spring he appeared at the Aspen Jazz Series with Bill Charlap in Winnipeg, the Chicago Jazz Showcase and the Chamber of Jazz Society in Baltimore, and he is already booked at Birdland this December 17-21. Mr. Cole has been a recording artist since 1952. His recent CDs include Talk to Me and Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B, a tribute to Billy Eckstine, which was nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award, both for HighNote. His website is

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Harry Allen, tenor sax

Harry Allen has performed at jazz festivals and clubs throughout the US, Europe and Asia. 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 over 40 recordings to his name. Three of his CDs have won Gold Disc awards from Japan’s Swing Journal magazine. Last year he released two albums: Conversations: The Johnny Burke Songbook with Rossano Sportiello, and ‘Round Midnight with Scott Hamilton. Others include Rhythm on the River, the Harry Allen Quartet’s Live at the Feinstein’s with Rebecca Kilgore and The Harry Allen Quintet Plays Music from “The Sound of Music.” In 2006, the Quartet won a New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Jazz Combo Performance. Mr. Allen’s website is

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Joe Magnarelli, trumpet

Syracuse native Joe Magnarelli has toured around the world and/or recorded with Lionel Hampton, “Brother” Jack McDuff, John Hendricks, Harry Connick, Jr., Ray Barretto, Jesse Davis, the Alvin Queen Quintet and the Toshiko Akiyoshi and Vanguard jazz orchestras, among others. He has appeared in New York City clubs with such artists as Maria Schneider, Jimmy Cobb, Charles Davis, Lew Tabakin, the Louis Hayes Quintet and the Jimmy Heath Big Band. Mr. Magnarelli has appeared on over 100 CDs as a sideman and has made nine CDs as leader. His latest is Joe Magnarelli: Live at Smalls, released earlier this month on the SmallsLIVE label. Other recent releases are My Old Flame: Joe Magnarelli & Strings, Persistence and Hoop Dreams. He is currently an adjunct professor at The Juilliard School and Rutgers University. His website is

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Peter Bernstein, guitar

New York native Peter Bernstein was a student at The New School when he was discovered by guitarist Jim Hall, who invited him to play at the 1990 JVC Jazz Festival, and by alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, who invited him to join his group. Mr. Bernstein has enjoyed musical associations with other great jazz artists: Sonny Rollins, Bobby Hutcherson, George Coleman, David “Fathead” Newman, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Jimmy Cobb, among others. He has been a part of the groups led by Joshua Redman, Diana Krall and Brad Mehldau. As a sideman, Mr. Bernstein can be heard in over 100 CDs, and he has made nine CDs as leader, including Monk, music of Thelonious Monk with the Peter Bernstein Trio; and Live at Smalls with the Peter Bernstein Quartet and Jimmy Cobb. His website is

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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, Mr. Washington became part of two of jazz’s most celebrated trios: the Tommy Flanagan Trio, and for the past 15 years, the Bill Charlap Trio. Mr. Washington’s freelance work roster is a “who’s who” of jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Johnny Griffin, Bobby Hutcherson and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. In 2009, Mr. Washington 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.

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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 15 years and has performed and recorded with dozens of major artists, giving him a discography of hundreds of titles. Artists include Benny Carter, Betty Carter, Johnny Griffin, Ron Carter, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, 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.

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