Dick Hyman Forever! - 92nd Street Y - New York, NY

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Dick Hyman Forever!

Kick off the festival with a swinging celebration of piano giant Dick Hyman in his 90th year.

The NEA Jazz Master and former Jazz in July artistic director is joined by his longtime keyboard companions Bill Charlap and Ted Rosenthal — and the timeless vocals of Sandy Stewart. With clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski and a rhythm section featuring the great Dennis Mackrel on drums and Jay Leonhart on bass, we salute the master, from his unique versions of beloved standards to his brilliant originals. Here’s to you, Dick!

Dick Hyman, piano
Bill Charlap, piano
Ted Rosenthal, piano
Sandy Stewart, vocals
Ken Peplowski, clarinet
Randy Sandke, trumpet
Walter Blanding, tenor sax
Chuck Redd, vibes
Howard Alden, guitar
Jay Leonhart, bass
Dennis Mackrel, drums

* Due to unexpected medical needs, Mr. Hyman will perform via satellite from his home in Florida.

92Y Jazz in July is partially endowed by a generous gift from Simona and Jerome A. Chazen. Additional support is generously provided by Mrs. Suzanne Valenstein, the Wechsler Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

A Note from Bill Charlap

Dear Friends,
There’s no better way to kick off this year’s festival than with a swinging 90th birthday celebration of NEA Jazz Master, Dick Hyman.

Dick Hyman, piano

In April, Dick Hyman was honored as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, followed by being awarded an honorary doctorate from Juilliard in May.

Bill Charlap, artistic director, piano

Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis.

Ted Rosenthal, piano

Ted Rosenthal performs worldwide with his trio and as a soloist, and has played with such jazz greats as Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, Art Farmer and others.

Sandy Stewart, vocals

Sandy Stewart has appeared with her son, Bill Charlap, at The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel and St. Peter’s Church, in addition to 92Y’s Jazz in July and the PBS series, American Songbook at New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Ken Peplowski, clarinet

Ken Peplowski has performed and recorded with such artists as Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Sonny Stitt, Mel Tormé, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee, George Shearing and Bobby Short (on the singer’s last recording).

Randy Sandke, trumpet

Randy Sandke has toured Europe more than 40 times, and has performed extensively throughout Japan, North America, Brazil and India.

Walter Blanding, tenor sax

Walter Blanding was born into a musically rich family in Cleveland, and began playing saxophone at age six.

Chuck Redd, vibes

Vibraphonist and drummer Chuck Redd began his career when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21, also becoming a member of the supergroup, The Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Charlie Byrd and Herb Ellis).

Howard Alden, guitar

Howard Alden has played the seven-string guitar exclusively since 1991, after making the album Thirteen Strings with seven-string master George Van Eps.

Jay Leonhart, bass

Bass player and vocalist Jay Leonhart attended the Peabody Conservatory as a child, and became a jazz musician while at the Berklee College of Music.

Dennis Mackrel, drums

Nebraska native Dennis Mackrel is a drummer, composer, arranger and conductor.