Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
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Charlie Parker was a once in a generation talent, this festival celebrates "Bird" with a series of free concerts and screenings.
As celebrated a figure in the pantheon of such swingin' legends as Miles and Coltrane, the saxophonist endearingly known as “Bird” laid the groundwork for boundary-pushing jazz when bebop was just in its infancy.
Half a century later, musicians still look to Parker's influential canon as a model of things to come. Accordingly, the genre's most innovative contemporary musicians flock to this roaming ode to the sax icon every year to celebrate his legacy. For the 2019 edition of this ever-exciting fest, another talent-jammed bill of young upstarts and proven vets take over Marcus Garvey and Tompkins Square Park to lay down the hottest grooves currently shaping the art form.
Some of the many performers scheduled are: Mwenso and the Shakes, Brianna Thomas, Michael Marcus, Rene Mclean, DeeDee Bridgewater, Ravi Coltrane, Carl Allen and the George Coleman Trio. You can find the full schedule here.
Also look out for screenings, talks and other performances surrounding the flagship outdoor concerts.