New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has proclaimed today, July 18 to be “Dick Hyman Day” as part of the kick off of the 92nd Street Y’s 33rd annual Jazz in July Festival which opens this year with a “Dick Hyman Forever!” concert celebrating the legendary pianist Dick Hyman, who served as 92Y’s artistic director of jazz for 20 years and was a co-creator of the festival. Hyman celebrated his 90th birthday this March and was just recently named a NEA Jazz Master!
“I’m very honored to hear this news from Mayor de Blasio, the City of New York, and 92Y. The energy of both New York City and 92Y fueled my entire career – that’s why we initially launched the Jazz in July festival 33 years ago,” Mr. Hyman said. “Some unexpected medical needs have caused me to revise my schedule, so, as they say – I’ll be working from home – performing on the show via satellite from my studio in Florida. 92Y tells me this will mark my 198th performance with them. Unbelievable!” exclaimed Mr. Hyman.