19th Annual Charlie Parker Festival
August 12, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival annually assembles some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist. The free two-day festival on August 27 & 28, which takes place just before what would have been Parker’s 91st birthday, is revered for bringing leading figures in jazz into the neighborhoods where the celebrated musician lived and worked, Historic Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park and Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan’s East Village. Performances begin at 3pm on both days at this can’t miss, end of summer event.
The first day hosted by Sheila Anderson features harmonica player and NEA Jazz Master Toots Thiemans whose illustrious and diverse musical career spans nearly 70 years. Rising alto saxophone star Tia Fuller will lead an exciting group that draws inspiration from be-bop as well as presents original compositions that reflect contemporary rhythms. Powerhouse saxophonist James Carter will lead an ensemble, and French-American vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, whose performance abilities have been recognized by The New York Times, will also present an ensemble.
The following afternoon will be hosted by Brian Delp and includes a performance by the trail blazing saxophonist, pianist and composer Archie Schepp. Vocalist Madeleine Peyroux, who cites Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Bob Dylan among her influences, will perform. Tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Anat Cohen will deliver a mix of modern jazz, classical, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban styles, and the Grammy® nominated pianist Gerald Clayton will present his eclectic trio.
Marcus Garvey Park
124th Street & Mt. Morris Park
Saturday, August 27, 3pm
Performances by Toots Thielmans, Tia Fuller, James Carter and Cécile McLorin Salvant
Hosted by Sheila Anderson
Tompkins Square Park
E. 8th Street between Avenues A & B
Sunday, August 28, 3pm
Performances by Archie Schepp, Madeleine Peyroux, Anat Cohen and Gerald Clayton Trio
Hosted by Brian Delp
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