Jazz in July’s first group of artists outside 92Y in 1985. Photo by Steve J. Sherman
4 Facts You Didn’t Know About the Maestros of Jazz in July
Our six-concert Jazz in July music festival kicks off on July 22, featuring the music of Hoagy Charmichael, Leonard Bernstein, Miles Davis and the songs that kept Fred Astaire dancing. While the concert series readies to debut its 30th season, the New York Times profiled Jazz in July’s original artistic director Dick Hyman (who created it in 1985) and his successor Bill Charlap. Below are four facts you may not have known about these jazz lovers.
- Prior to his creation of Jazz in July, Hyman worked with filmmaker Woody Allen and choreographer Twyla Tharp.
- Hyman and Charlap are distant cousins.
- Charlap’s father, Mark “Moose” Charlap, is the composer of the Broadway musical Peter Pan.
- Charlap is an accomplished artist on Blue Note Records.