The 92Y Jazz in July Festival has announced its 30th anniversary dates, July 21-31. The festival is curated by pianist Bill Charlap, who is marking his 10th anniversary as its artistic director. Among this year’s highlights are a return visit from 92Y Jazz in July founder Dick Hyman for a celebration of Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz and a first-time appearance by vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, in an evening devoted to Sarah Vaughan.
92Y Jazz in July opens on July 21 with a salute to composer Hoagy Carmichael, in a concert featuring saxophonist Harry Allen, guitarist James Chirillo and vocalist Sandy Stewart. A tribute to Miles Davis featuring trumpeter Jeremy Pelt concludes the first week of the festival on July 23. A tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s musical theater contributions with the Bill Charlap Trio and Brian Lynch (trumpet), Jimmy Greene (tenor sax) and Jon Gordon (alto sax) takes place on July 22.
The second week opens on the 29th with a reunion of Charlap and Hyman, the festival’s founder and artistic director for its first 20 years, for; joining them for the Piano Jazz tribute is pianist Christian Sands. Vocalist Salvant’s Vaughan celebration takes place the following night and the festival closes with an evening of performances that explore Fred Astaire’s contributions to the jazz songbook with vocalist Sachal Vasandani, who will return to the festival after appearances in 2011 and 2012.
All concerts take place at 8:00 p.m. at the 92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street in Manhattan.
Tickets are $52 or $25 for age 35 and under. To purchase tickets, please visit: JazzInJuly or phone 212-415-5500.