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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Bill Charlap and Jazz in July Leave New York Times “Breathless”

Photo Credit / Erin Baiano for The New York Times

“When he was a teenager, the jazz pianist Bill Charlap recalled at the 92nd Street Y on Tuesday evening, he met the composer Jule Styne and asked him for the secret to writing a good popular song. Mr. Styne, choosing his words carefully, replied that it had to be “melodically simple and harmonically attractive.

The concert’s most magnificent moment belonged to Mr. Charlap, who delivered an astonishing “Some People,” from “Gypsy.” After a “Flight of the Bumblebee”-like introduction, the song took off with a slingshot propulsion that carried it through furious, turbulent changes covering the entire keyboard; it left me breathless.”

And so begins and ends a rave review from the New York Times on Sondheim & Styne of the second night of the Jazz in July Summer Festival. We’re going to add this to a growing list of positive and exuberant reviews of Jazz in July.

Upcoming Jazz in July concerts include: Piano Jam: With Respect to Oscar on Jul 23, The Gerry Mulligan Songbook on Jul 27, It’s Jazz, Charlie Brown: The Music of Vince Guaraldi on Jul 28 and the Saxophone Summit on Jul 28.


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