Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Celebrates 20 Years

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival the City Parks Foundation presents a full week of events that will include performances, poetry, workshops, lectures, theatrical presentations, the world premiere of a commissioned jazz work, and a regular two day festival.

Our girl Lakecia Benjamin will be at Ginny’s Supper Club on Monday August 20th.  I’ll be there to cover that event.

Also, our beloved Gregory Porter will play at Tompkins Square Park August 26th.

Festival Lineup

Friday, August 17

Jazz Legends: Charlie Parker Tribute

5:00 PM –7:00 PM

Whole Foods Market Upper West Side, (808 Columbus Ave. at 97th Street)

Presented in partnership with the Jazz Foundation of America

FREE, No Reservations Required

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Sunday, August 19

The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music Presents:

Andy Milne’s Bandwidth

9:00 PM & 10:30 PM (2 sets)

Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster, (310 Lenox Ave. between 125th & 126th Sts.)

FREE, No Reservations Required

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Monday, August 20

Revive Music Presents:

Lakecia Benjamin

9:00 PM & 10:30 PM (2 sets)

Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster, (310 Lenox Ave. between 125th & 126th Sts.)

FREE, No Reservations Required

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Tuesday August 21

Charlie Parker on Swing Street: Musical Storytelling

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Bill’s Place (148 West 133rd Street, between Lenox and 7th Avenues)

Presented in partnership with the Jazz Foundation of America

FREE, Reservations Required

RSVP to:CharlieParker20@Summerstage.org, Include date and name of event in subject line.

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Tuesday, August 21

Charlie Parker in 2012: Bird (still) in Flight

Panelists: Jimmy Heath / Steve Coleman / Jaleel Shaw / Antonio Ciacca

Moderated by: Ashley Kahn

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Harlem School of the Arts, (645 Saint Nicholas Avenue at 141st Street)

FREE, Reservations Required

RSVP to:CharlieParker20@Summerstage.org, Include date and name of event in subject line.

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Wednesday, August 22

Charlie Parker with Strings:

A Conversation with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Ashley Kahn

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music’s Jazz Performance Space

(55 W. 13th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, Fifth Floor)

FREE, Reservations Required

RSVP to:CharlieParker20@Summerstage.org, Include date and name of event in subject line.

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Thursday, August 23

Workshop:

WeBop: A Family Jazz party

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music’s Jazz Performance Space

(55 W. 13th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, Fifth Floor)

FREE, Reservations Required

RSVP to:CharlieParker20@Summerstage.org, Include date and name of event in subject line.

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Thursday, August 23

Theatrical Presentation:

Daniel Carlton Presents “When Smalls Had it All”

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music’s Jazz Performance Space

(55 W. 13th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, Fifth Floor)

FREE, Reservations Required

RSVP to:CharlieParker20@Summerstage.org, Include date and name of event in subject line.

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Friday, August 24

“Bird with Strings” with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Special Guests

Theatrical Presentation: Daniel Carlton Presents “On the Wings of Yardbird”

Produced by Revive Music

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Marcus Garvey Park, MN

Harlem, Mount Morris Park West at West 122nd Street (Richard Rodgers Amphitheater)

Both works are commissioned by City Parks Foundation in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival.

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Saturday, August 25

Roy Haynes / Rene Marie’s ‘Experiment In Truth’ / Derrick Hodge / ERIMAJ

Poets: Edwin Torres / LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Marcus Garvey Park , MN

Harlem, Mount Morris Park West at West 122nd Street (Richard Rodgers Amphitheater)

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Sunday, August 26

Ernestine Anderson Quartet / Gregory Porter / Andy Milne & Dapp Theory/ Sullivan Fortner

Poets: Jon Sands / Sheila Maldonado / Nikhil Melnechuk

3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Tompkins Square Park, MN

East 7th Street between Avenues A and B

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Click here for more information and details regarding performances and artists.

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