JAZZ IN JULY FESTIVAL
July 21-30, 2020
Bill Charlap, Artistic Director
Kaufmann Concert Hall at 92Y
1395 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10128
 

TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2020, 7:30PM
We Could Swing All Night: The Songs of Lerner & Loewe
Ann Hampton Callaway, vocals
Bill Charlap, piano
Jeremy Pelt, trumpet
Lew Tabackin, tenor sax
Ken Peplowski, clarinet
Ben Wolfe, bass
Aaron Kimmel, drums
 
My Fair Lady, Camelot, Gigi—the elegant, cosmopolitan music of Lerner & Loewe occupies a special place in the jazz songbook, inspiring musicians from Art Blakey and Quincy Jones to Andre Previn and Oscar Peterson, and now, the stellar artists opening our 2020 season. Ann Hampton Callaway is a one-of-a-kind vocalist who brings a jazz musician’s aesthetic to the songs of musical theater, and no one sings them with more sensitivity or swing. Joining her is the brilliant front line of Ken Peplowski, Jeremy Pelt, and in his first Jazz in July appearance, tenor great Lew Tabackin. With Bill Charlap and a top-shelf rhythm section, they take on “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” “Almost Like Being in Love,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and more.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2020, 7:30PM
Brubeck & Mulligan: Take Two
Veronica Swift, vocals
Bill Charlap, piano
Ted Rosenthal, piano
Frank Basile, baritone sax
Jon Gordon, alto sax
Brandon Lee, trumpet
Noriko Ueda, bass
Joe Farnsworth, drums
 
Dave Brubeck and Gerry Mulligan were both icons of modern jazz, creating music filled with lyricism and inventiveness. Pianists Bill Charlap and Ted Rosenthal bring their deep connection to that music from their work with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. Joining them to invoke Mulligan’s uniquely melodic baritone sax is one of the premiere artists on the instrument, Frank Basile, with Jon Gordon and Brandon Lee nodding to Paul Desmond and Chet Baker. Together, they dive into Brubeck classics like “Blue Rondo à la Turk” and “In Your Own Sweet Way” and Mulligan’s “Walkin’ Shoes” and “Line for Lyons.” Giving voice to the evening is the beguiling young Veronica Swift, who spotlights the less known side of Mulligan’s work with some of the beautiful songs he wrote and recorded with Judy Holliday, including “What’s the Rush” and “Loving You,” and—from Brubeck’s masterful The Real Ambassadors— the sublime “Summer Song.” 
 

THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2020, 7:30PM
At Last: The Harry Warren Songbook
Sandy Stewart
, vocals 
Harry Allen, tenor sax
Warren Vaché, trumpet
Steve Wilson, alto sax
Renee Rosnes, piano
Bill Charlap, piano 
Sean Smith, bass 
Dennis Mackrel, drums

“Lullaby of Birdland,” “September in the Rain,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” “At Last”—Harry Warren wrote melodic, indelible, utterly American songs, landing more hits than Gershwin, Porter or Berlin, and leaving jazz musicians a trove. We mine the Warren songbook with a singer who lives the songs, Sandy Stewart, tenor and alto sax masters Harry Allen and Steve Wilson, the inimitable Warren Vaché on trumpet, and two of the premiere pianists in jazz, Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap. Expect romance, blues and swing, as these sensational artists celebrate a songwriting great.

TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2020, 7:30PM               
Dee Dee Bridgewater Meets the Bill Charlap Trio
Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocals 
Bill Charlap, piano 
Peter Washington,
bass 
Kenny Washington,
drums

NEA Jazz Master and three-time Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater is jazz royalty. She brings her fearless, peerless artistry to a first-ever performance with the Bill Charlap Trio, one of the premier ensembles in jazz. Charlap’s connection to the song and his work with singers from Tony Bennett to Diana Krall to Cécile McLorin Salvant is unsurpassed. Don’t miss this meeting of artists at the summit, as Bridgewater performs with Charlap and his trio—and in dynamic duo performances—taking on “S’Wonderful,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Here’s That Rainy Day,” “Mood Indigo,” and more. 


WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2020, 7:30PM
Piano's New Giants
Sullivan Fortner, piano
Aaron Diehl, piano
Miki Yamanaka, piano
Emmett Cohen, piano
Bill Charlap, piano
David Wong, bass
Carl Allen, drums

The 2019 Cole Porter Fellowship … Downbeat’s 2019 Rising Star … The New York Times’ “Best Jazz” list … NPR’s Piano Jazz Rising Stars … Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead … many of the top honors and distinctions in jazz have been shared over the last few years by four artists who embody the next generation of piano giants. Sullivan Fortner, Aaron Diehl, Emmet Cohen and Miki Yamanaka appear together for the first time, reimagining some of the songbook’s greatest standards by its greatest writers. From Kern’s “All the Things You Are,” Porter’s “Easy to Love” and Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady” to others by Gershwin, Arlen, Berlin and Rodgers, these new giants of the keyboard deliver virtuosity, imagination, passion and joy, and artistry that is both reverent and forward-looking.


THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020, 7:30PM
Jazz in July All-Star Blowout!
Joe Lovano, tenor sax
Jon Faddis, trumpet
Anat Cohen, clarinet
Bill Charlap, piano
John Patitucci, bass
Lewis Nash, drums

Celebrating the spirit and essence of Norman Granz’ legendary Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts, Jazz in July 2020 goes out with a blowout—an all-star, powerhouse jazz party, featuring six preeminent voices on their instruments, in combinations you won’t hear anywhere else: Lovano with Faddis; Cohen with Lovano; Faddis with Patitucci, Charlap with Nash, and more. Hear them in music they’ve made their own: Anat Cohen in Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz,” Jon Faddis in Dizzy’s “Night in Tunisia,” along with a panorama of the sound of jazz and swing across time, from “Body and Soul” to “Lester Leaps In” to “Con Alma.” Don’t miss this one-night-only meeting of six of today’s greatest jazz masters.

Ann Hampton Callaway

Ann Hampton Callaway

Dave Brubeck & Gerry Mulligan

Dave Brubeck & Gerry Mulligan

Veronica Swift

Veronica Swift

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Sullivan Fortner, Miki Yamanaka, Aaron Diehl, Emmett Cohen

Sullivan Fortner, Miki Yamanaka, Aaron Diehl, Emmett Cohen

Joe Lovano, Jon Faddis, John Patitucci

Joe Lovano, Jon Faddis, John Patitucci

Lewis Nash

Lewis Nash