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The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, M*A*S*H, “Moon River”, “The Shadow of Your Smile.”

In Henry Mancini and Johnny Mandel, movies and TV found a fresh voice steeped in jazz. Their unique personalities as arrangers and the beautiful songs they wrote sing from the heart.

Bill Charlap, piano
Sandy Stewart, vocals
Houston Person, tenor sax
Jeremy Pelt, trumpet
Steve Davis, trombone
Renee Rosnes, piano
Rufus Reid, bass
Tim Horner, drums

 

Join us for more Jazz! This event can be purchased as part of a 2-concert package.

 

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

Henry Mancini on NPR’s “Piano Jazz” with Marian McPartland, Mar 14, 1985

Audrey Hepburn singing “Moon River,” in clip from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961.

Opening credits, directed by Fritz Freleng, and Henry Mancini’s theme song from The Pink Panther.

Listen to this engaging NPR “Morning Edition” profile, “More than ‘M*A*S*H’: Songwriter Johnny Mandel,” by Susan Stamberg (with Mandel), 7 min, March 25, 2010

Johnny Mandel speaking at master class, Dec 11, 2010.

“Suicide is Painless,” Johnny Mandel’s theme song from M*A*SH, 1970, with complete lyrics and film clips.

Opening credits and Johnny Mandel’s theme song (“The Shadow of Your Smile”) from The Sandpiper, 1965.

On The Blog

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On henrymancini.com

Visit the comprehensive official Henry Mancini website. Among the features is a video gallery that includes:

  • A personal retrospective by Mancini;
  • Mancini conducting theme from “Peter Gunn” on “The Ed Sullivan Show”;
  • Jack Lemmon remembering his first hearing the theme song from “The Days of Wine and Roses.”

There is also a letter from Mancini with advice to aspiring musicians, ending with this paragraph:

Success is not usually easy or fast. The luxury of becoming discouraged and quitting is always present on the way up. Always stop and say to yourself in times of stress, “I’m doing what I want to do most.” You will find that one simple sentence to be the greatest comfort you can have.

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On 92Y.org

A Partial List of Mancini Awards
Henry Mancini is undoubtedly the most honored musician of the 20th century. This is only a partial list of his awards and honors:

Academy Awards—4 Wins:
1962
Best Music, Original Song for “Moon River,” from Breakfast at Tiffany's
1962 Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture for Breakfast at Tiffany's
1963 Best Music, Original Song for "Days of  Wine and Roses," from Days of Wine and Roses
1983 Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score for Victor Victoria

Plus 14 Nominations for the Films:
The Glenn Miller Story; Bachelor in Paradise; Charade; Dear Heart; The Pink Panther; The Great Race; Sunflower; Darling Lili (two nominations); Sometimes a Great Notion; The Pink Panther Strikes Again; 10 (two nominations); That's Life!

Golden Globe Award—1 Win
1971
Best Original Song : Whistling Away The Dark from Darling Lili

Plus 8 Nominations for the Films Dear Heart; The Great Race; Two For The Road; The Return Of The Pink Panther; 10; Victor/Victoria; That’s Life; The Glass Menagerie

Grammy Awards—20 Wins
1958
Album of the Year for The Music From “Peter Gunn
1958 Best Arrangement for The Music From “Peter Gunn
1960 Best Arrangement for Mr. Lucky
1960 Best Jazz Performance Large Group for The Blues And The Beat
1960 Best Performance by an Orchestra for Mr. Lucky
1961 Best Arrangement for Moon River
1961 Best Performance by an Orchestra—For Other than Dancing for Breakfast At Tiffany’s
1961 Best Sound Track Album or Recording of Score From Motion Picture or Television for Breakfast At Tiffany’s
1961 Record of the Year for Moon River
1961 Song of the Year for “Moon River”
1962 Best Instrumental Arrangement for Baby Elephant Walk
1963 Best Background Arrangement for Days of Wine And Roses
1963 Record of the Year for Days of Wine and Roses
1963 Song of the Year for “Days of Wine and Roses
1964 Best Instrumental Arrangement for The Pink Panther
1964 Best Instrumental Composition (Other Than Jazz) for The Pink Panther Theme
1964 Best Instrumental Performance—Non-Jazz for The Pink Panther
1969 Best Instrumental Arrangement for Love Theme From “Romeo And Juliet
1970 Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance for Theme From “Z” And Other Film Music
1970 Best Instrumental Arrangement for Theme From “Z”

Plus 52 Nominations

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On Rhapsody.com

Rhapsody.com has created a comprehensive microsite on Henry Mancini, with an overview, lists of albums and a sample track list. Click here to reach the microsite.

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On ascap.com

In 1997, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers presented its Henry Mancini Award to Johnny Mandel. Click here for the tribute.

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On nea.gov

In 2011, Johnny Mandel was named an NEA Jazz Master, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. As part of the tribute, Mandel was interviewed by poet and jazz critic A. B. Spellman for the NEA:

Johnny Mandel: Jazz is still my middle name; this is what I loved. I just learned to write a lot of different kinds of music because it was required and I was very happy to have done it … Then I got an offer to do Your Show of Shows. I was thrown into that [and] did the first two years of [it]. You wouldn't believe what a gig that was. I was working with Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, and this was all the beginning. I was working with Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, and this was all the beginning….

So all of a sudden we were thrown into this circus. Oh, Mel Brooks was there. Picture this now: we had to do a 90-minute show every week. A show that runs 90 minutes is almost like a Broadway show, it's that length. The show went on Saturday night and the one rest day was Sunday. Then Monday morning we'd start out [in] all the rehearsal rooms up above the Civic Center…We'd spend 18 hours a day in that room, because we had to start from scratch. All the sketches had to be done, all the comedy bits.

Click here for the full interview.

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On jazzwax.com

On Oct 28, 2008, award-winning jazz blogger Marc Myers began posting an extensive and acclaimed five-part interview with Johnny Manndel on his website JazzWax.com, with extensive photos and recommended recordings.

Part 1:  On his parents, childhood and first jobs.
Part 2:  On learning arranging, switching to trombone and joining Boyd Raeburn’s band
Part 3:  On working with Buddy Rich, Alvino Rey (and his unicycle!), Woody Herman & Artie Shaw
Part 4:  On the Count Basie Orchestra, Hoagy Carmichael, working for TV and getting his first film score:

André Previn recommended me for a picture in 1958 called I Want to Live, directed by Robert Wise. André couldn’t do it because he had just taken on Porgy and Bess, a record project. André has always been a friend of mine. We both liked jazz, and I had done a couple of things for him. André liked the way I wrote, and we became real friends … I didn't know this at the time but Susan Hayward, the film's star, was a huge Gerry Mulligan fan. Robert and Susan wanted to get him in the film.

Part 5: On I Want to Live, Frank Sinatra and his three most famous film songs

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On 92Y.org

When you have as rich and rewarding a career as Johnny Mandel, you’re bound to meet some interesting people along the way—but how you meet them can be surprising.

In 1944, Johnny was hired to play in Henry Jerome’s orchestra. The band’s manager was Leonard Garment, who would become Richard Nixon’s lawyer and White House staffer. He would also be a founder of the National Museum of Jazz in Harlem.

Playing tenor saxophone was a young man who was also studying economics at NYU and trying to decide which career to follow. He was doing a bit of both by playing sax and managing the band’s books—Alan Greenspan. future chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. “Alan was very bookish and a nice guy. He also did the payroll, so we always got paid on time,” remembers Johnny.

The band was one of the first to play bebop, and it made air checks in the huge Child's Restaurant under Paramount Theater in Times Square. Those live air checks have survived and have been released on a CD. It’s the only CD to feature Johnny Mandel and Alan Greenspan together.

To learn more, read the interviews on nea.gov and jazzwax.org (Part 2)

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Artist Bios

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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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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.” She was a star vocalist during the Golden Age of Television, appearing on “The Ernie Kovacs Show,” “CBS Morning Show,” “The Perry Como Show” and “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Ms. Stewart is now a star of cabaret: she and her son Bill Charlap appeared eight times at The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel. In February 2012 they appeared on the 92Y Jazz series, and this past March they debuted at Feinstein’s at the Regency. They have released two critically-acclaimed CDs: Something to Remember, from this past January; and Love Is Here to Stay, released in 2006.

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Houston Person, tenor sax

Currently both artist and producer for HighNote, Houston Person began his career in the 1960s with a series of soulful recordings for Prestige. He then enjoyed a legendary 30-year partnership with the vocalist Etta Jones, which lasted until her passing in 2001. As a sideman, Mr. Person has performed or recorded with Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, Barbara Morrison, Della Griffin and others. He has recorded more than 75 albums as a leader on multiple labels, including Muse, which became HighNote. There he also became a record producer; his recordings as both tenor saxophonist and producer of two Etta Jones albums each earned Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal. HighNote has released a three-disc retrospective, The Art and Soul of Houston Person, and Mr. Person’s recent recordings include last year’s Naturally with Cedar Walton, Ray Drummond and Lewis Nash.

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Jeremy Pelt, trumpet

Jeremy Pelt has released two new albums since his last Jazz in July appearance in 2011: Water and Earth, a collection of original songs released in January; and Soul, a mix of standards and original works featuring the Jeremy Pelt Quintet from 2012. As a sideman, Mr. Pelt can be heard on nearly 100 other recordings. He is a member of the Lewis Nash Septet and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band, and he has been featured in the Roy Hargrove and Duke Ellington Legacy big bands and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Pelt has played with many jazz luminaries, such as Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, John Hicks, Ralph Peterson, Nancy Wilson and Bobby Short. Mr. Pelt was voted Rising Star five years in a row by both DownBeat magazine and the Jazz Journalists Association. His website is jeremypelt.net.

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Steve Davis, trombone

One of today's leading improvisers on the trombone, Steve Davis first gained recognition working with such ensembles as Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, The Jackie McLean Sextet, Chick Corea’s Origin and Roy Hargrove's Big Band. He continues to work with One for All, featuring Eric Alexander, and regularly collaborates with pianist Larry Willis. He also leads his own quintet and performs with The Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars and big bands led by Jimmy Heath, Ron Carter and Christian McBride. Mr. Davis has appeared on over 150 recordings as a sideman and made 17 CDs, including the recent critically-acclaimed Live at Smalls, Getting’ It Done and Eloquence, featuring Hank Jones. He has served on the faculty of The Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Univ of Hartford for over two decades. His website is stevedavis.info.

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Renee Rosnes, piano

Renee Rosnes has toured and recorded with many leading jazz masters, including Joe Henderson, J. J. Johnson, Wayne Shorter, James Moody and Bobby Hutcherson. She was a founder and member of the all-star ensemble SFJAZZ Collective, and she is currently a member of the Ron Carter Quartet: Foursight. She also leads her own quartet and trio, which toured Japan last month. As a leader, the Vancouver native has released 14 recordings, four of which have garnered Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy. The two most recent are Manhattan Rain, which features Ms. Rosnes in ensemble settings and includes four original compositions; and Double Portrait, a CD of two-piano duets with her husband Bill Charlap. As a distinguished composer and arranger, many of her arrangements are featured at Jazz in July concerts. Her website is reneerosnes.com.

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Rufus Reid, bass

Born in Atlanta, Rufus Reid has toured and recorded with such artists as Eddie Harris, Nancy Wilson, Lee Konitz, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, J. J. Johnson, Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer, Stan Getz and Jack DeJohnette, to name a few. He leads his Out Front Trio, which has released two albums: Out Front and Hues of a Different Blue. Also a composer, Mr. Reid has written for string orchestra, concert band, and small and large jazz ensembles. Last year, Quiet Pride, a five-movement work for large jazz ensemble, inspired by the sculptures of Elizabeth Catlett, was premiered in Baton Rouge. As an educator, Mr. Reid's book, The Evolving Bassist, published in 1974, continues to be recognized as the definitive bass method; a DVD version was released in 2003. His website is rufusreid.com.

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Tim Horner, drums

One of New York’s most in-demand jazz drummers, Tim Horner’s first professional job was with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra while he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He then moved to New York, where he has since worked with dozens of artists and is a long-standing regular substitute with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Horner made three international tours for the US State Department with the Roseanna Vitro Quartet, and in 2010, he toured Asia with his own ensemble for the State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 2011 he released his first CD as a leader: a disc of his own works entitled The Places We Feel Free. This September he is releasing another recording of his music, featuring Joe Locke and Ted Nash. Currently an instructor for New Jersey City University, his website is timhornermusic.com.

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