Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

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August 23 – August 24, 2014

Various locations citywide

NY

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NYCGO Logo In the early '50s, Charlie Parker made his home in Alphabet City, and though Bird has been gone a long time now, the neighborhood hasn't forgotten him. The block he lived on was renamed Charlie Parker Place in 1992, and the next year the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival made its debut in Tompkins Square Park, right across the street. Pianist Kenny Barron anchors the lineup at this year's festival, which kicks off uptown on Saturday at Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park (just blocks from the nightclub Minton's, where Parker and Dizzy Gillespie started laying the foundations for bebop), and moves downtown to Tompkins Square Park on Sunday. For the full schedule, visit cityparksfoundation.org.

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  • Free

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