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 Worm, Constellation, 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
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.
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
Charlie Parker Birthday Celebration August 26-30, 2014
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St between 8th and 9th Ave
Panel Discussion: The Marriage of Latin Music & Jazz August 27, 2014 *FREE*
Pelham Fritz Center, Marcus Garvey Park (18 Mount Morris Park West)
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