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The Art of Tatum

“I only play the piano, but tonight God is in the house.” That’s what Fats Waller said about Art Tatum, the greatest jazz piano player in history.

Now four dazzling, distinct pianists are here to honor his legacy: Jazz in July artistic director Bill Charlap, rising piano star Aaron Diehl, the brilliant Roger Kellaway and the Memphis-born virtuoso Harold Mabern. Add Mabern protégés John Webber and Joe Farnsworth on bass and drums, plus tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander — and let the Tatum legend grow.

Bill Charlap, piano
Harold Mabern, piano
Roger Kellaway, piano
Aaron Diehl, piano
John Webber, bass
Joe Farnsworth, drums
Eric Alexander, tenor sax

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.

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.

Harold Mabern, piano

Memphis-born and raised Harold Mabern attended Manassas High School in the 1950s – the school also attended at that time by an extraordinary number of soon-to-be jazz greats, including Frank Strozier, Booker Little, George Coleman, Hank Crawford, Charles Lloyd and Louis Smith.

Roger Kellaway, piano

Grammy Award winner and Academy Award-nominated pianist/composer Roger Kellaway has worked with musical luminaries from Ellington to Elvis, Barbra Streisand to Yo-Yo Ma, and has recorded more than 250 albums.

Aaron Diehl, piano

One of the most sought-after jazz virtuosos today, Aaron Diehl is a 2007 graduate of The Juilliard School, the American Pianists Association’s 2011 Cole Porter Fellow and a Monterey Jazz Festival Commission Artist.

John Webber, bass

St. Louis-born and Chicago-raised John Webber began studying bass at age 10.

Joe Farnsworth, drums

One of today’s most highly regarded jazz drummers, Joe Farnsworth is known for his blazing speed, precision, and musical and melodic playing.

Eric Alexander, tenor sax

Eric Alexander has established his own voice within the bop-based jazz tradition.