JAZZ IN JULY At 92nd Street Y
Adnan Khalil
Publish Date: 25 Jul 2019

Alhawadeth Media

 

 

Renee Rosnes & Bill Charlap

In the Key of Us

 

 

 

Review by Brenda Repland

 

In introducing the program, Artistic Director, Bill Charlap explained that when he and Renee Rosnes (Mrs. Bill Charlap) play twin pianos, a third person is created.  The pair then proceeded to prove it!

 

Renee demonstrated her skill, showing us that there is more than one virtuoso in the family.

 

The pair opened with a thrilling jazz version of “Never Will I Marry.”

 

While the pianos were the most predominant, other musicians added to the evening as well.

 

Ken Peplowski joined them on a heavenly clarinet for “Show-Type Tune.”

 

Peter Bernstein, considered one of the greatest jazz guitarists, played “Inner Urge.”

Ken Peplowski played an elegant and haunting “My Man’s Gone,” from Porgy and Bess.

 

“Dancing In the Dark” was a showcase for Ken Peplowski on clarinet and a superb Renee Rosnes.

 

Guitar and drums joined Renee Rosnes in her composition, “The Saros Cycle.”  It did, in fact, evoke a feeling of celestial bodies.

Ken Peplowski traded his clarinet for a tenor saxophone for “Just In Time.”  New Yorkers tend to associate this instrument with the “New York” feeling.  It was just perfect here. 

Renee Rosnes and Bill Charlap chose one of Burt Bacharach’s songs, “What the World Needs Now,” for their piece, joined only by guitar.

In a tribute to Charlie Parker, Renee delivered a breathtaking rendition of “Bird Feathers.”

Closing the evening was a very dramatic “The Last Time I Saw Paris.”

 

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 The Melodic Genius of Clifford Brown

 

 

 

Review by Brenda Repland

 

Every summer, for two weeks, we are treated to Jazz in July at the 92Y.  Artistic Director Bill Charlap assembles some of the illuminati of jazz to provide a highlight for jazz fans.  We are now in those weeks and loving every minute.

Tuesday was a tribute to the late trumpeter, Clifford Brown.  During his career, he had performed with many jazz stars including Dinah Washington and Helen Merrill.

Providing the trumpet pieces were Warren Vaché, Jeremy Pelt and Joe Magnarelli. The many numbers included –

            “The Blues Walk” for all three trumpets and a marvelous bass.

            “Joy Spring,” composed by Clifford Brown

            “Jimba” played in the smoothest of horns by Joe Magnarelli.

            “Sweet Georgia Brown” with Warren Vaché, and Joe Magnarelli. 

One of the delightful surprises of the evening was songstress, Veronica Swift.  Her rendition of “Lullaby of Birdland,” accompanied by Jeremy Pelt was smooth as glass.  There really are not enough adjectives to explain her talent.  Let’s hope we see much more of her soon!

Jazz lovers always have high expectations for Jazz in July and never have reason to be disappointed.

 

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