Concerts include both contemporaries of Charlie Parker and young jazz musicians continuing to shape and drive the art form he helped make so popular.
The 2018 festival is part of the annual SummerStage series of free concerts and dance performances throughout NYC parks.
In the world of modern music, few figures loom as large or cast as long a shadow as saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker, who is celebrated as a bebop pioneer and for bringing jazz into the modern era. The annual festival celebrates him and his work.
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2018 is Wednesday, August 22 through Sunday, August 26th, starting with an afternoon jazz music and dancing party for kids on Wednesday afternoon at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
Another event features saxophonist George Braith, who has been a jazz innovator from his classic 1960s recordings for Blue Note and Prestige, to his 1970s presentations at the lower Manhattan club Musart, which he ran. He’s also the creator of the Braithophone, which fuses soprano and alto saxophones into one horn. In his career, Braith has worked with jazz greats including Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Grant Green, Roy Haynes, and he’s been commemorated in mosaic tile in the walls of the 2nd Ave subway.
With more than a dozen concerts and events over a week, we can’t list them all, but you can find blurbs about each on the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival website, along with some great music tracks to inspire you.