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.
2016 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
Friday, August 26 Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground / Antoinette Montague / DJ Greg Caz
Marcus Garvey Park, MN 6:30PM – 9PM
Saturday, August 27 Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet / Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles / The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn / Charles Turner III / Master Class: Samuel Coleman
Marcus Garvey Park, MN 3PM – 7PM (2PM Master Class)
Sunday, August 28 DeJohnette - Holland - Moran / Allan Harris / Donny McCaslin Group / Grace Kelly
Tompkins Square Park, MN 3PM – 7PM