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Jimmy Heath to Debut New Work at Bird Fest

New York City’s 2004 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is scheduled to take place on Sat., Aug. 21 at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem and Sun., Aug. 22 at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. This 12th annual installment of the festival will feature a lineup that includes saxophonist Jimmy Heath (pictured), who will be debuting his composition “Bird is the Word,” a piece commissioned by City Parks Foundation for the event. Other artists appearing include vocalist Vanessa Rubin, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett, pianist/vocalist Rachel Z and more. Both days of performances are free to the public.

In the spring of 2003, City Parks Foundation announced that it would take over the festival when the original organizers announced they could no longer sustain it. The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is presented under the auspices of City Parks Foundation for the second consecutive year.

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