Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Charlie Parker Fest’s Swan Song

Due to a dramatic drop in corporate and government arts funding as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, this year’s edition of the annual, two-day Charlie Parker Jazz Festival will be the last for the foreseeable future. The festival had a good, ten-year run in New York, featuring former Parker collaborators as well as new talent. Says long-time festival producer Sam Turvey, “[The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival’s] funding base has always been fragile and post-9/11 funding cuts have resulted in a 35 to 40 percent shortfall. We simply can’t continue.”

But we still have this year, and the 10th annual festival takes place this weekend, August 24 and 25 in two Manhattan locations. The details:

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published