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Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Jazzed Magazine • News • August 24, 2017

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From left: pianist Jason Moran, bassist Dave Holland, and drummer Jack DeJohnette perform together at the 24th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square Park, New York, New York, Sunday, August 28, 2016. Charlie Parker was born on August 29, 1920.
CREDIT: Photograph © 2016 Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

City Parks Foundation has announced the 25th anniversary celebration of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, New York City’s annual salute to the legendary late saxophonist. The festival will feature both veteran players and young jazz musicians, and will run from August 23 through August 27 at parks and venues around Manhattan.

“We are thrilled to celebrate 25 years of the beloved Charlie Parker Jazz Festival,” said Heather Lubov, Executive Director of City Parks Foundation. “In honor of this milestone we have expanded the program to 5 days, partnered with local institutions on family jazz events and open jam sessions, and are presenting a full evening of dance on the lineup for the first time. We hope all New Yorkers, young and old, jazz aficionados and new fans alike will join us in honoring the legacy of Charlie Parker and jazz in New York City.”

The festival begins on Wednesday, August 23 at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with “Bird With Strings,” a tribute performance featuring an ensemble of students and veteran jazz players honoring Parker’s 1950 recording, Charlie Parker With Strings.

On Thursday, August 24, the festival hosts Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasin’ The Bird Remixed, an added evening of programming in honor of the 25th Anniversary, and the first full evening of dance in the festival’s history.
World-renowned clarinet player and saxophonist Anat Cohen will lead a consortium of strings, horns, percussion, and keyboards with her jazz-folk troupe on Friday, August 25.
On Saturday afternoon, veteran alto-saxophonist player Lee Konitz will perform with his quartet in Marcus Garvey Park with Terri Lyne Carrington,Louis Hayes, and rising vocalist Charenee Wade.
Joshua Redman will make his Charlie Parker Jazz Festival debut on Sunday, and Lou Donaldson, Tia Fuller, and Alicia Olatuja will perform to close out the festival.

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