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The 35th Annual "Jazz in July" @ 92Y


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The 35th Annual "Jazz in July" @ 92Y

The 35th Annual “Jazz in July”
92nd Street Y (92Y)
1395 Lexington Avenue, (212) 415-5500
Tuesday July 16 through Thursday July 18, &
Tuesday July 23 through Thursday July 25

For 35 years now, this concert series has been a highlight of the summer (not to mention the rest of the year, especially with the departure of all the other jazz festivals that not-so-long-ago crowded the calendar in June and July). Host / producer Bill Charlap puts together a thoughtful series of shows that span the history of jazz, roughly from the 1920s to the 1960s, with an emphasis on melody, swing, and the Great American Songbook. This year’s line-up is an especially appealing one, particularly in terms of singers, the brilliant John Pizzarelli (July 16) and Cecille McLorin Salvant (July 17) haven’t been featured in the series as much as we would like, while the 25-year-old wondergirl, Veronica Swift (July 23), is making her 92Y debut, alongside the series’s regular star vocalist, the formidable Sandy Stewart (July 25). Every year, producer Bill Charlap includes at least one Latin program (this time it’s “Rhythm Warm, Rhythm Hot!,” Wednesday July 17), one piano-centric show (“Renee Rosnes & Bill Charlap: In The Key Of Us,” Wednesday, July 24), one evening devoted to an iconic jazz composer or soloist (“The Melodic Genius Of Clifford Brown,” Tuesday July 23) and one evening exploring the songbook of a great or near-great traditional songwriter (“Old Devil Moon: Swingin’ Through The Songs Of Burton Lane,” Thursday July 25). As always, I’m going to try and catch all six shows (look for the bald guy in Row K), but if you must prioritize, the shows with Mr. Pizzarelli and Ms. Salvant are undoubtedly going to sell out the most quickly, if they haven’t already.

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92Y Jazz in July 2019 Schedule:

Tue, Jul 16, 7:30 pm
Standard Time: The American Songbook In Jazz
John Pizzarelli, guitar & vocals / Harry Allen, tenor sax / Bill Charlap, piano / Jay Leonhart, bass / Dennis Mackrell, drums

Wed, Jul 17, 7:30 pm
Rhythm Warm, Rhythm Hot!
1. The Brazilian Trio with Maucha Adnet · The Curtis Brothers: CUBOP!
Maucha Adnet, vocals / Helio Alves, piano / Nilson Matta, bass / Duduka da Fonseca, drums
2. The Curtis Brothers Afro-Cuban Jazz Quintet: Cubop!
Zaccai Curtis, piano / Luques Curtis, bass / Willie Martinez, timbales / Camilo Molina, congas / Reinaldo De Jesus, bongos

Thu, Jul 18, 7:30 pm
Cécile Mclorin Salvant Meets The Bill Charlap Trio
Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals / Bill Charlap, piano / Peter Washington, bass / Kenny Washington, drums

Tue, Jul 23, 7:30 pm
The Melodic Genius Of Clifford Brown
Tom Harrell, trumpet / Warren Vaché, trumpet / Joe Magnarelli, trumpet / Veronica Swift, vocals / Bill Charlap, piano / Peter Washington, bass / Kenny Washington, drums

Wed, Jul 24, 7:30 pm
Renee Rosnes & Bill Charlap: In The Key Of Us
Renee Rosnes, piano / Bill Charlap, piano / Ken Peplowski, clarinet / Peter Bernstein, guitar / Sean Smith, bass / Bill Stewart, drums


Thu, Jul 25, 7:30 pm
Old Devil Moon: Swingin’ Through The Songs Of Burton Lane
Steve Wilson, alto sax / Roxy Coss, tenor sax / Michael Dease, trombone / Sandy Stewart, vocals / Bill Charlap, piano / Peter Washington, bass / Carl Allen, drums

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)