Blue Note artist Bill Charlap has been named artistic director of the 92nd Street Y’s Jazz in July festival, beginning in the summer of 2005.

Blue Note artist Bill Charlap has been named artistic director of the 92nd Street Y’s Jazz in July festival, beginning in the summer of 2005.

Based on New York’s Upper East Side, the Y is a community and cultural center comprising a performance space, lecture hall, school, health center and community organization.

Charlap will replace Dick Hyman, who announced in May that he was leaving the position. Hyman, who had held the post since the festival’s 1985 founding, will continue to direct the Y’s annual winter jazz program, Jazz Piano at the Y.

Jazz in July, along with the Y’s other music programs, is produced by the 92nd St. Y Tisch Center for the Arts. Charlap has been a frequent performer at the festival over the last 15 years.

Charlap plans to retain Jazz in July’s focus on traditional and mainstream jazz. Preliminary plans include tributes to George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael and Nat “King” Cole; an evening devoted to and featuring a jazz elder statesman; Charlap’s own version of what has become a staple of Jazz in July, the annual “piano party,” with a half-dozen pianists representing a wide range of styles; and an evening of small-group, “hard-bop” ’50s and ’60s jazz featuring the compositions of Kenny Dorham and Horace Silver.

Jazz greats including Milt Hinton, Ruby Braff, Dick Wellstood, Ralph Sutton, Flip Phillips, Peanuts Hucko, Major Holley and Joe Williams have performed at the Y.