Blues in the Night - 92Y, New York

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Jazz in July

Blues in the Night

Blues in the Night

The blues is at the very center of American popular culture.

The haunting beauty of this great African-American art form informs countless beloved standards: “He’s Gone Again,” “Send Me Someone to Love,” “Since I Fell for You” and so many more. Experience the force of the blues with legendary songstress Melba Joyce and tenor sax master Houston Person, alongside organist Mike LeDonne, trumpeter Eddie Allen, guitarist Rodney Jones and more. Listen with fresh ears to this essential element of all American song — and get ready for a night that’ll send off Jazz in July on a beautiful blue note.

Houston Person, saxophone
Melba Joyce, vocals
Eddie Allen, trumpet
Rodney Jones, guitar
Lafayette Harris, piano
Mike LeDonne, organ
Bill Charlap, piano
Peter Washington, bass
Kenny Washington, drums

Welcome letter from Bill

It’s Jazz in July time again, and I couldn’t be more excited to be sharing the stage with so many musicians I admire, …

Bill Charlap

Grammy Award-winning pianist Bill Charlap has performed with many of the leading artists of our time, from Phil Woods and Benny Carter to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis …

Eddie Allen

A trumpeter, composer, arranger and author, Eddie Allen is called upon to play everything from jazz to R&B to Latin music to Broadway shows (among them, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Black and Blue) …

Lafayette Harris, Jr.

Respected as a pianist’s pianist, Lafayette Harris, Jr. has performed with the Duke Ellington Legacy Orchestra, Houston Person, Max Roach and Ernestine Anderson, among others …

Rodney Jones

Rodney Jones began playing the guitar at age six. He has toured, performed and recorded with a Who’s Who of musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lena Horne, Quincy Jones, …

Melba Joyce

Dallas-born Melba Joyce grew up under the musical influence of her mother and grandparents. Her father, Melvin Moore, sang jazz, touring and recording with Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band …

Mike LeDonne

Mike LeDonne is a world-renowned jazz pianist and Hammond organist. Oscar Peterson named him as one of his favorite pianists of this era …

Houston Person

Houston Person enjoyed a legendary 30-year partnership with vocalist Etta Jones …

Kenny Washington

Kenny Washington has been a member of the Bill Charlap Trio for 20 years. He has performed and recorded with scores of major artists, including Benny Carter, …

Peter Washington

Perhaps the most recorded bassist of his generation, Peter Washington has a discography of more than 450 recordings …