TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018, 7:30PM
CRAZY RHYTHM / PROHIBITION!
 
Mary Stallings, vocals
Bill Charlap, piano
Ted Rosenthal, piano
Warren Vaché, cornet
Steve Wilson, alto sax
James Chirillo, guitar
Todd Coolman, bass
Dennis Mackrel, drums 
 
Kick off Jazz in July 2018 with a salute to the endlessly fascinating Prohibition-era 1920s — a decade both innocent and sinful, wide-eyed and decadent, and always wildly creative — featuring the singular vocalist Mary Stallings. “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Blue Skies,” “Stardust”: Get your fix of your favorite ’20s tunes with a lineup of jazz all-stars, featuring cornetist Warren Vaché, Steve Wilson on alto sax and the dueling pianos of Bill Charlap and Ted Rosenthal. That “Crazy Rhythm” is here!
 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018, 7:30PM
THE ELEGANT PIANO: TEDDY WILSON, TOMMY FLANAGAN AND HANK JONES
Dick Hyman, piano
Bill Charlap, piano
Rossano Sportiello, piano

Aaron Diehl, piano
Ken Peplowski, clarinet
Chuck Redd, vibraphone
Peter Bernstein, guitar
Peter Washington, bass
Kenny
Washington, drums 

And now NEA Jazz Master Dick Hyman is here to honor these piano giants — and he’s joined by a trio of pianists of the refined Wilson school: Bill Charlap, Aaron Diehl and Rossano Sportiello. Together with clarinetist Ken Peplowski and the rhythm section of bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, they’ll bring you “After You’ve Gone,” “Willow Weep for Me, “It Had to Be You” and more. Come discover the art of elegance.


THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018, 7:30PM
RICHARD RODGERS: WITH A SONG IN MY HEART

Bill Charlap, piano
Renee Rosnes, piano
Sandy Stewart, vocals
Terell Stafford, trumpet
Harry Allen, tenor sax
Gary Smulyan, bari saxophone
Sean Smith, bass
Bill Stewart, drums

Many of the timeless songs of musical-theater great Richard Rodgers — from “My Funny Valentine” to “I Could Write a Book” and “If I Loved You” — have also become beloved jazz standards. Hear them in all their romantic sweep with husband-and-wife piano duo Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, the sophisticated vocals of Sandy Stewart, and the sensational horn section of Terell Stafford, Harry Allen and Gary Smulyan. Experience the lyrical essence of Rodgers’ songwriting in this one-of-a-kind jazz celebration.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2018, 7:30PM               
DIZZY! CELEBRATING DIZZY GILLESPIE
Jon Faddis, trumpet
Jimmy Greene, tenor sax
Bill Charlap, piano
Renee Rosnes, piano
Peter Washington, bass
Kenny Washington, drums 
Daniel Sadownick, percussion

 

No one comes closer to capturing jazz icon Dizzy Gillespie’s trailblazing spirit than trumpeter Jon Faddis, whom Gillespie himself called “the best ever, including me!” Gillespie gave rise to bebop with groundbreaking records like “A Night in Tunisia,” which blended Afro-Cuban rhythms with the American sound. Rejoice in the brilliance of bop — from Dizzy’s own compositions (“Groovin’ High,” “Salt Peanuts”) to standards he reimagined (“All the Things You Are,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street”) — with Faddis, Jimmy Greene on tenor sax and a stellar rhythm section.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2018, 7:30PM
LEONARD BERNSTEIN: JAZZ ON THE TOWN

Bill Charlap, piano
René Marie, vocals
Jeremy Pelt, trumpet
Jon Gordon, alto sax
Melissa Aldana, tenor sax
Pete McGuinness, trombone
Peter Washington, bass 
Kenny Washington, drums

On the TownWonderful TownWest Side Story — Leonard Bernstein fused elements of jazz, classical and popular music in his pioneering Broadway scores, and his genius changed American music forever. Celebrate his enduring influence with virtuosic vocalist René Marie and a band that brings out the best in Bernstein’s soaring songs, including trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, tenor sax star Melissa Aldana and the dynamic rhythm section of pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. “Something’s Coming,” and you don’t want to miss it.


THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018, 7:30PM
BLUES IN THE NIGHT
Houston Person, tenor sax
Melba Joyce, vocals
Eddie Allen, trumpet
Rodney Jones, guitar
Lafayette Harris, piano
Mike LeDonne, organ
Bill Charlap, piano
Peter Washington, bass
Kenny Washington, drums

 

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.