Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

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Photograph: John Sann
Kenny Barron
Once again, the city becomes a movable ode to Bird for a weekend in August. On Saturday, Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park welcomes a host of jazz luminaries, including Wallace Roney and his orchestra. (Roney’s former associates include a fellow by the name of Miles Davis.) Sunday the fest heads to the East Village’s Tompkins Square Park, which Parker used to overlook in the 1950s from his apartment on Avenue B; NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron takes the headlining slot.
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Martha R

I´m already there... closing my eyes and feeling the bird all around. Floating in the park, with the taste of the air, the rain, the fog... mesmerized by every single feeling this master´s music feed me with. Oh I´m already there... 


Gives you every reason to travel uptown. Great venue, mellow crowd, world class musicians, jazz legends, all for free. Be glad you stayed in the City this weekend. Come out and celebrate summer and America's original art form. Hope this becomes a tradition.