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Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Brings Song To NYC

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Brings Song To NYC
City Parks Foundation is proud to announce the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. The festival is New York City’s annual salute to the legendary late saxophonist, featuring storied veteran players as well as young jazz musicians who continue to shape and drive the art form. This year’s festival runs August 23 through August 27 at parks and venues around Manhattan and will include free concerts, artist discussions, a film screening, and for the first time in the festival’s history, a dedicated evening of dance.

The festival kicks off on Wednesday, August 23 at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with “Bird With Strings,” a tribute performance featuring an ensemble of students and veteran jazz players honoring Parker’s 1950 recording, Charlie Parker With Strings.

On Thursday, August 24, the festival heads uptown to Marcus Garvey Park in Harlemfor Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasin’ The Bird Remixed, an added evening of programming in honor of the 25th Anniversary, and the first full evening of dance in the festival’s history. Emmy award-winning tap dance virtuoso, Jason Samuels Smith, and Broadway veterans, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Derick K. Grant, bring Parker’s music to life through dance in this special performance featuring live music.

The festival continues in Marcus Garvey Park on Friday, August 25 with world-renowned clarinet player & saxophonist Anat Cohen, who will lead a consortium of strings, horns, percussion, and keyboards with her jazz-folk troupe, and Camille Thurman, a multi-talented saxophonist, flutist and vocalist.

On Saturday afternoon, veteran alto-saxophonist player Lee Konitz, a contemporary of Charlie Parker when bebop came on the scene, will perform with his quartet in Marcus Garvey Park joined by drumming prodigy and pioneering female percussionist Terri Lyne Carrington, one of the most recorded jazz drummers of all time Louis Hayes (who has played with the likes of John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Cannonball Adderley), and rising vocalist Charenee Wade, a brave new voice on the modern jazz frontier intent on using her gift to address social change.

On Sunday, August 27, the festival travels back downtown to the place where it all began, Tompkins Square Park, home to the inaugural Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in 1993, and located just blocks away from Charlie Parker’s home in the East Village. Joshua Redman, one of the most important contemporary horn players and widely considered to be the top sax man of his generation, will make his Charlie Parker Jazz Festival debut. NEA Jazz Master Lou Donaldson, revered by many as one the greatest alto saxophonists of all time; saxophone virtuosa Tia Fuller, one of the world’s best jazz multi-instrumentalists, full-time professor and one-time member of the all-female band that toured with Beyoncé; and vocalist Alicia Olatuja, who performed with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Obama’s second inauguration and has been in high demand ever since, will also perform to close out the final day of the festival.

In honor of the 25th Anniversary, City Parks Foundation has also partnered with local institutions to present free and open-to-the-public jazz events around the city. Events include an all ages Family Jazz Party with Festival performer Charenee Wade and a “Harlem Speaks” interview with Lee Konitz at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a screening at The New School of the 2016 film, I Called Him Morgan, about the life and tragic death of jazz musician Lee Morgan, live jazz in the gardens at The Harlem Rose Garden and 6BC Botanical Garden, and jam sessions at Gin Fizz Harlem and Ginny’s Supper Club.

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2017 Schedule

Day Date Time Artist Park Boro Genre
Wednesday Aug 23 2:00 PM Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Family Jazz Party with Charenee Wade The National Jazz Museum in Harlem MN Music
Wednesday Aug 23 7:00 PM Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Harlem Speaks Interview Series with Lee Konitz The National Jazz Museum in Harlem MN Discussion
Wednesday Aug 23 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: “Bird With Strings,” in association with The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music Auditorium MN Music
Wednesday Aug 23 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: The Shed Open Jam Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Edition Gin Fizz Harlem MN Music
Thursday Aug 24 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Jazz in the Garden: Art Baron, in association with Jazz Foundation of America and Ariana’s List 6BC Botanical Garden MN Music
Thursday Aug 24 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Screening: I Called Him Morgan The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music MN Film
Thursday Aug 24 9:00 PM Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: In Bird We Trust Ginny’s Supper Club MN Music
Thursday Aug 24 7:00 PM Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasin’ the Bird Remixed Marcus Garvey Park MN Dance & Music
Friday Aug 25 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Jazz in the Garden: Bill Saxton, in association with Jazz Foundation of America and Ariana’s List Harlem Rose Garden MN Music
Friday Aug 25 7:00 PM Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Anat Cohen Tentet / Camille Thurman, in association with Jazzmobile Marcus Garvey Park MN Music
Saturday Aug 26 3:00 PM Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Lee Konitz Quartet / Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science / Louis Hayes / Charenee Wade Marcus Garvey Park MN Music
Sunday Aug 27 3:00 PM Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Joshua Redman Quartet / Lou Donaldson / Tia Fuller / Alicia Olatuja Tompkins Square Park MN Music

 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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