Free Bird: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Takes Flight Over Manhattan

Written by Howard Mandel on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Music, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit.

Manhattan’s own Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, produced by the City Parks Foundation, celebrates its 20th anniversary with free concerts in Marcus Garvey Park — on Friday, Aug. 24, “Bird with Strings,” revisiting saxophonist Parker’s project of 1949 and ’50, and Saturday, Aug. 25, four acts including Roy Haynes’ Fountain of Youth band and Rene Marie’s Experiment in Truth. On Saturday, Aug. 26, singers Ernestine Anderson and Gregory Porter, and pianist Andy Milne’s Dapp Theory take the free fest to Tompkins Square Park.

From Aug. 17 through 23, leading up to those concerts, Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster, the Harlem School of the Arts and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music will present panels, workshops, a family jazz party and a theatrical presentation. for details.

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