2013 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Kicks Off in Central Park
City Parks Foundation announces the 21st edition of the beloved late summer jazz favorite, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. In the world of modern music, few figures loom as large or cast as long a shadow as saxophonist Charlie Parker, best known as "Bird" (short for "Yardbird") to generations of musicians. He was born in 1920, and almost sixty years since his death in 1955, he is universally celebrated for single-handedly inventing bebop and bringing jazz into the modern era.
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is an annual salute to the legendary saxophonist. City Parks Foundation is proud to produce this historic festival, and for the second year will have an expanded schedule featuring contemporaries of Charlie Parker as well as up and coming jazz musicians that continue to shape and drive the art form.
This year's festivities will begin at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music's Jazz Performance Space with screenings of two films important to jazz culture - "Beacons of Jazz" and "Girls in the Band."
An interactive family Jazz concert will kick off the festival's highlight: 3 days of brilliant jazz performances in the park, including the world premiere of a newly re-commissioned "Bird is the Word." The original piece was commissioned by the festival in 2004, and now nearly 10 years later returns reworked for and performed by Jimmy Heath and his Big Band.
This year the festival falls just days before Parker's birthday, with performances uptown on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon in historic Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park (in the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater), blocks from the clubs in which bebop was born; and downtown on Sunday afternoon in Tompkins Square Park, across the street from the apartment that Parker called home.
Join us to learn something new about Bird, listen to artists you love, discover some new favorites, and reconnect with old friends- but most of all to ENJOY the enduring legacy of Charlie Parker and jazz in New York City.
The complete Charlie Parker Jazz Festival schedule follows. For the most up-to-date scheduling and line-up for all SummerStageprogramming, follow SummerStage via the below links and visit www.SummerStage.org for festival information.
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. We work in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. Our programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2013 Schedule
**NOTE:All Events are free. Seating is first-come, first-served**
|Wednesday||Aug.21||6:30 PM||Screening: "Beacons of Jazz"||Film|
|Thursday||Aug.22||6:30 PM||Screening & Conversation: "The Girls in the Band"||Film & Panel|
|Friday||Aug.23||11:00 AM||Family Jazz Concert featuring Matt Wilson||Concert|
|Friday||Aug.23||7:00 PM||World Premiere of "Bird is the Word" by Jimmy Heath, performed by Jimmy Heath Big Band||Concert|
|Saturday||Aug.24||3:00 PM||Kenny Garrett / Cécile McLorin Salvant/ Kim Thompson / Jaleel Shaw||Concert|
|Sunday||Aug.25||3:00 PM||Lee Konitz Quartet/ Sheila Jordan / Christian Scott / Aaron Diehl Quartet||Concert|
Thursday, August 22
Screening & Conversation: "The Girls in the Band"
6:30 - 9 PM
The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music's Jazz Performance Space
55 W. 13th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, 5th floor