Charlie Parker NYC Jazz Festival and Birthday Celebration, August 22-30, 2014

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Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and Birthday Celebration, August 22-30, 2014
This week, join your fellow NYC Jazz fans and celebrate Charlie Parker’s (Yardbird) 94th birthday!

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Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and Birthday Celebration NYC 2014

Am American saxophonist and composer, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker was a key figure in the development and introduction of be-bop, a fast tempo-ed, often improvised style of Jazz. A seasoned performer, he suffered many addictions and died at the very young age of 35.

Parker, who moved to NYC as a professional musician, was known for a large catalog of compositions including: Anthropology, co-written with Dizzy Gillespie, Billie’s Bounce, Bird Gets the WormConstellation, Ko-Ko, Scrapple from the Apple, Billie’s Bounce, Relaxin’ at Camarillo, Cool Blues and Blues for Alice amongst others.

In celebration of his life and accomplishments, you can see a number of performances throughout NYC this weekend:

Panel Discussion: The Marriage of Latin Music & Jazz with Joe Conzo Sr.   August 22, 2014  6:30pm-8pm  *FREE*
The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, 55 W. 13th St between 5th and 6th Ave
http://summerstage.donyc.com/event/2014/08/22/the-marriage-of-latin-music-jazz-with-joe-conzo-sr

Summerstage Presents Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: The Wallace Roney Orchestra/Lionel Loueke/Melissa Aldana/Kris Bowers with Special Guest Chris Turner  August 23, 2014  3pm-7pm  *FREE*
Marcus Garvey Park, 124th St and Mt. Morris Park W.
http://summerstage.donyc.com/event/2014/08/23/charlie-parker-jazz-festival

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Kenny Barron, Cindy Blackman Santana, Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith, Brianna Thomas August 24, 2014   3pm-7pm *FREE*
Tompkins Square Park,  7th St between Avenue A and Avenue B
http://summerstage.donyc.com/event/2014/08/24/kenny-barron-cindy-blackman-craig-handy-brianna-thomas

Charlie Parker Birthday Celebration  August 26-30, 2014
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St between 8th and 9th Ave
http://www.birdlandjazz.com/calendar/

Panel Discussion: The Marriage of Latin Music & Jazz  August 27, 2014 *FREE*
6:30-8pm
Pelham Fritz Center, Marcus Garvey Park (18 Mount Morris Park West)
http://jazztimes.com/sections/news/articles/136285-nyc-s-charlie-parker-jazz-festival-announces-lineup

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