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Three top jazz pianists on one stage—in a special evening of heart-racing virtuoso playing and bonus conversations between Bill Charlap and featured artists.

Dick Hyman wrote the book on piano jazz. He is joined by Charlap and twice Grammy®-nominated Christian Sands. Expect piano solos and duos, and trios with the band as they perform repertoire ranging from songwriter Duke Ellington to jazz piano giants Fats Waller and Bud Powell.

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

Dick Hyman, piano
Bill Charlap, piano
Christian Sands, piano
Sean Smith, bass
Willie Jones, III, 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.

Dick Hyman on NPR’s “Piano Jazz” with Marian McPartland, Dec 2, 2008

Dick Hyman plays Jelly Roll Morton’s “The Finger Breaker” during a 1985 British documentary with Russell Davies

Dick Hyman plays “Whispering” at the Hotel Macklowe (Millennium Broadway Hotel), 1992

Bill Charlap plays “Sophisticated Lady” and “All the Things You Are” on a session of for NPR Music, Nov 17, 2012

Bill Charlap Trio plays at Jazz Middelheim, August 18, 2013

Bill Charlap accompanies Tony Bennett in “Who Cares” on “Elvis Costello’s Spectacle,” Dec 31, 2008

Profile of Christian Sands filmed at Jazz in July music camp at University of Massachusetts—Amherst, founded by Dr. Billy Taylor

Christian Sands plays “Pure Imagination” at the 2012 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival (audio only)

Christian Sands as a member of the Christian McBride Trio playing in Vienna, Nov 2013

Explore the Music

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Piano Jazz: Entry from Wikipedia, including list of all guests through 2011

Piano Jazz is a weekly one-hour radio show produced and distributed by National Public Radio (NPR). It began on June 4, 1978, and was hosted by jazz pianist Marian McPartland (1918–2013) until 2011. It is the longest-running cultural program on NPR. The show features a single guest, and usually consists of about an equal mixture of discussion and playing, often duets with McPartland. Initially the guests were limited to jazz pianists, but out of necessity the format was expanded to include performers on other instruments as well as other genres (though the performances remain focused on jazz tunes). The show provides an inside look at the relationships of jazz musicians, since McPartland often had long friendships with many of her guests. Piano Jazz won a Peabody Award in 1983. The show is an exclusive production of South Carolina public radio on WLTR and is offered nationally by NPR.

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Piano Jazz appearances:
Dick Hyman: 1979, 1998, 2008 (recorded and commercially released)
Bill Charlap: 2008 (with Renee Rosnes), 2009
Christian Sands: 2010

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Guest Artists Bios

Dick Hyman, piano

Dick Hyman is renowned as pianist, organist, music director and composer. With Hadassah Markson he was the creator and artistic director of 92Y’s Jazz in July in 1985, stepping down in 2004. He has recorded more than 100 albums under his own name; Arbors Records has released his six-disc encyclopedic Century of Jazz Piano. His compositions include film scores, chamber music, ballet and choral works. He was a recent guest at the Siletz Music Festival in Oregon, performing his own pieces. He will appear at the Newport Festival on August 2, and at the Hotel Kitano in New York with clarinetist Ken Peplowski on August 22 and 23. His website is

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Christian Sands, piano

Christian Sands’ meteoric rise in the jazz world already includes two Grammy Award nominations for his performance on Bobby Sanabria’s Kenya Revisited Live and two appearances on Grammy Awards telecasts, including a duet with Oscar Peterson. He has also shared the stage with such jazz luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Bill Evans, Patti Austin, James Moody and Wycliffe Gordon. He is currently a member of jazz bassist Christian McBride’s trio. The trio received a 2014 Grammy nomination for best jazz instrumental album for its CD, Out Here. His own CDs include Footprints, Harmonia, Risin’ and Furioso. Mr. Sands made his 92Y Jazz in July debut participating in a jazz piano master class while still a student at Manhattan School of Music. His website is

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Sean Smith, bass

Sean Smith has performed with jazz superstars like Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Carter, Johnny Griffin, Jimmy Scott, Clark Terry and the Jacky Terrason Trio, as well as Tracy K. Smith, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. A prolific composer, his music has been played and recorded by Phil Woods, Bill Charlap, Mark Murphy, Gene Bertoncini and others. As a sideman, Mr. Smith can be heard on more than 100 recordings; as a leader he has made several CDs with his quartet, including Trust, which was named one of the best jazz albums of the year by The Huffington Post, Poise and Sean Smith Quartet Live! They all feature his own compositions. His website is
Photo: Barney Kulok

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Willie Jones, III, drums

Born in Los Angeles, Willie Jones, III, was introduced to jazz by his father, the noted jazz pianist Willie Jones, II. He has worked with Cyrus Chestnut, Milt Jackson, Arturo Sandoval, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock and others. This past March he led his quintet on a tour of Europe, and at the end of this month his sextet will perform at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola. Mr. Jones can be heard on many recordings, most recently on pianist Eric Reed’s Reflections of a Grateful Heart and guitarist Jacques Lesure’s When She Smiles. His latest CDs as a leader are last year’s Willie Jones III Plays the Max Roach Songbook, with his sextet; and 2010’s The Next Phase. His website is
Photo: Hanayo Takai

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