All that jazz: The annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival returns this week, with FREE performances by top musicians to honor the legendary Charlie Parker’s contribution to jazz.
This year is the the 25th anniversary of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, expanded to five days and nights this year, including a first-ever full evening of dance, plus panel discussions and movie screeneings.
The festival brings together both legendary jazz musicians and the next generation of jazz artists to continue to shape and drive the music form that was born in the USA.
The 2017 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is August 23-27, in several locations including Marcus Garvey Park and The National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
It’s part of the annual SummerStage series of FREE music and dance performances in NYC parks in all five boroughs.
Highlights of peformance schedules:
Wed., Aug 23, including a special tribute to Charlie “Bird” Parker
Thurs, Aug. 24, including tap dancing virtuosos performing to Charlie Parker music
Friday, Aug 25, including a performance in Harlem Rose Garden, near where Charlie Parker lives
Saturday, Aug. 26, features four hours of family-friendly afternoon performances in Marcus Garvey Park
Sunday, Aug. 27, including a tribute by the Joshua Redman Quartet
All events are FREE. There are no reservations.