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Pianist Bill Charlap Performs on Morning Jazz

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Bill Charlap — pianist, bandleader and the artistic director of Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y — knows a thing or two about being a custodian of jazz traditions.

He stopped by Morning Jazz to play some piano and talk about this year's season of Jazz in July, which begins tonight with a salute to his mentor and predecessor Dick Hyman, who at 90 is still swinging.

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosts the morning show each weekday from 6:00am -12:00pm. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.