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Music is the lifeblood of the city, and no festival encapsulates that like the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. New York City’s annual salute to the eponymous late saxophonist, will return in its 31st year for a three-day celebration (August 25 - 27, 2023) of live jazz in the neighborhoods near where Parker worked and lived, including Harlem’s historic Marcus Garvey Park and Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. And alongside the festival are additional events happening throughout NYC. Each year, some of the finest jazz musicians in the world are assembled who reflect “the Bird’s” musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist.
Just before the start of the festival, on August 24, Antoine Roney Trio with Spaceman Patterson and Jordan Young will perform a concert at the Hansborough Recreation Center (35 W 134th St, New York, NY). Following the performance is a screening of the 2022 Christina Kallas film Paris in Harlem. The film is a multi-character mosaic set in 2017, on the day that New York City’s infamous Cabaret or "No Dancing" Law was repealed after 91 years of institutional racism targeting musicians and business owners of color.
And once the fest gets started there’s even more to see. This year’s lineup will bring together storied, veteran players and the next generation of jazz artists including Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band and T.K Blue in association with Jazzmobile; groundbreaking jazz supergroup The Cookers; legendary jazz saxophonist Charles McPherson and the celebrated Vincent Herring Septet performing Something Else! among others.
To learn more, go to: https://cityparksfoundation.org/charlieparker/
Charlie Parker Jazz FestivalAugust 25 - 27, 2023
Ancillary events throughout NYCAugust 20 - 25, 2023
Various venues in NYC
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