NYC’s Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

Set for Aug. 23-24 in uptown and downtown locations

New York’s City Parks Foundation has announced the 22nd edition of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, which will take place Aug 23-24 in various locations around New York City. The festival will kick off in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem on the 23rd, and move to Tompkins Square Park in the East Village the next day, just across the street from the late Parker’s apartment.

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In addition to the live music, the 2014 festival also features two panel discussions, “The Marriage of Latin Music & Jazz,” led by Joe Conzo Sr., Latin music historian and publicist of the late Tito Puente. The panels will explore the historical background and cultural significance of these two movements and pay specific homage to Parker’s influence.

The complete Charlie Parker Jazz Festival schedule follows. For up-to-date scheduling and lineup, visit SummerStage.

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2014 Lineup

Friday, August 22
Panel Discussion: "The Marriage of Latin Music & Jazz" with Joe Conzo Sr.
6:30 PM-8:00 PM
The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music (55 W. 13th St.)
Space is limited so please rsvp to [email protected] to reserve a seat.

Saturday, August 23
The Wallace Roney Orchestra / Lionel Loueke / Melissa Aldana / Kris Bowers with special guest Chris Turner
3:00 PM-7:00 PM
Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem (Mount Morris Park West at West 122nd Street)

Sunday, August 24
Kenny Barron / Cindy Blackman Santana / Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith / Brianna Thomas
3:00 PM-7:00 PM
Tompkins Square Park, East Village (East 7th Street between Avenues A and B)

Wednesday, August 27
Panel Discussion: “The Marriage of Latin Music & Jazz”
6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Pelham Fritz Center, Marcus Garvey Park (18 Mount Morris Park West)
Free. Seating is first come, first served.

1 Comment

  • Aug 24, 2014 at 04:49PM Lance Goler

    I'm here at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, and having the experience of listening to Craig Handy play music that has absolutely no connection to Bird whatsoever. It says something about our culture when one of the greatest musicians of the last 100 years has a festival dedicated to him and the artists chosen for the lineup play music that he wouldn't have dug. This is like having a festival dedicated to Bach but instead of hearing Bach, you hear Vivaldi.

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