Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Each year we assemble some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect Charlie Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist.

In a world of modern music - not just jazz - few figures loom as large or cast as long a shadow as saxophonist Charlie Parker, best known as "Bird" (short for "Yardbird") to generations of musicians. He was born in1920 and almost sixty years since his death in 1955, he is universally celebrated for single-handedly inventing bebop and bringing jazz  into the modern era.

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is New York City's annual salute to the legendary saxophonist. City Parks Foundation is proud to celebrate this histories festival, featuring contemporaries of Charlie Parker as well as young jazz musicians that continue to shape and drive the art form.

The 2015 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival will run from Friday, August 21, 2015 - Sunday, August 23, 2015.

Oliver Lake Big Band* / The King Solomon Hicks Trio presented in association with
Jazzmobile / Michela Taps: Bird Lives!
Friday August 21st   6pm - 9pm
Marcus Garvey Park
*a new commission

Dr. Lonnie Smith / Andy Bey / Jeff “Tain”
Watts / Camille Thurman / Norma Miller / 2pm Master Class: Samuel Coleman
Saturday August 22nd   3pm - 7pm
Marcus Garvey Park

Joe Lovano / Rudresh Mahanthappa:
Bird Calls / Myra Melford / Michael Mwenso
Sunday August 23rd   3pm - 7pm
Tompkins Square Park

Made possible with a generous grant from the Dalio Foundation.

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