Guys and Dolls Play the Greater Loesser - 92Y, New York

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Guys and Dolls Play the Greater Loesser

Guys and Dolls, “On a Slow Boat to China," “Inchworm” — composer-lyricist Frank Loesser was one of the geniuses of musical theater and popular song.

And his music has inspired decades of jazz artistry. Hear his hits interpreted by an all-star lineup, including husband-and-wife piano duo Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes and, making her Jazz in July debut, acclaimed vocalist Jane Monheit. With top-notch rhythm and horns, these guys and dolls will have you falling “Heart and Soul” for the magic of Loesser.

Jane Monheit, vocals
Bill Charlap, piano
Renee Rosnes, piano
Jon Gordon, alto sax
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet
Gary Smulyan, baritone sax
Sean Smith, bass
Carl Allen, drums

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.

Jane Monheit, vocals

Blessed with “a voice of phenomenal beauty” (The New York Times), Jane Monheit has established herself as one of today’s finest and most accomplished vocalist-musicians.

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.

Renee Rosnes, piano

Renee Rosnes has worked with many of the world’s greatest jazz masters including Joe Henderson, J.J. Johnson, James Moody, Wayne Shorter and Bobby Hutcherson.

Jon Gordon, alto sax

Saxophonist and composer Jon Gordon has led his own groups at the Savannah, Ottawa, Oslo and Brecon (Wales) jazz festivals, among many others, as well as at leading jazz clubs throughout the world.

Ingrid Jensen, trumpet

Born in Vancouver and raised in Nanaimo, B.C. Ingrid Jensen has been hailed as one of the most gifted trumpeters of her generation.

Gary Smulyan, baritone sax

Six-time Grammy Award winner Gary Smulyan is a member of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Three Baritone Saxophone Band.

Sean Smith, bass

Sean Smith has performed with jazz eminences Gerry Mulligan, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Carter, Johnny Griffin, Clark Terry and the Jacky Terrasson Trio, as well as with Tracy K. Smith, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Carl Allen, drums

Carl Allen was raised on gospel, R&B and funk music, but turned to jazz after hearing a recording by legendary saxophonist Benny Carter.