Our yearly jazz festival returns with partner events and our main festival performances in Marcus Garvey Park and Tompkins Square Park - where Parker worked and lived. Enjoy FREE jazz featuring some of the finest musicians in the world, all assembled to reflect "the Bird's" musical individuality and genius.
Following five days of exhilarating partner events planned around the city, including film screenings, artist talks, and listening sessions, the Festival will officially kick off on Friday, August 25 in Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park, with Orrin Evans and his Captain Black Big Band featuring GRAMMY-winning singer Lisa Fischer who's performed with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Luther Vandross, and Tina Turner, presented in association with Jazzmobile. On Saturday, August 26 the groundbreaking supergroup The Cookerswill perform in Marcus Garvey Park with their stacked septet that features musicians including Donald Harrison, Billy Harper, and Cecil McBee. On Sunday, August 27 we will celebrate jazz in Tompkins Square Park with saxophonist Charles McPherson and trumpeter Terell Stafford, plus Vincent Herring's new septet, Something More! All performances will feature DJ sets by Uptown Vinyl Supreme.
Sunday, August 20 @ 3PM - Marcus Garvey Park Sankofa Pavillion - Endea Owens: The Community Cookout in partnership with the Jazz Museum of Harlem and the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance (FREE)
Wednesday, August 23 @ 5:30PM - El Sol Brillante - Jazz in the Garden: Andrea Brachfield Quartet in association with The Foundation of America and Ariana's List (FREE)
Wednesday, August 23 @ 7PM - The National Jazz Museum in Harlem - Harlem Speaks: The Cookers Talk Bird with Keanna Faircloth (FREE with RSVP)
Thursday, August 24 - 6PM concert / 8:30PM screening - Hansborough Recreation Center Rooftop - Paris is in Harlem band feat. Antoine Roney and Spaceman Patterson + Film Screening: "Paris is in Harlem" in association with NYC Parks and Jazz Foundation of America (FREE with RSVP)
Thursday, August 24 @ 7PM - The New School | Jazz Performance Space - Communal Ancestral Listening Session with Michael Mwenso (FREE with RSVP)
Thursday, August 24 @ 11PM - Jazz at Lincoln Center - Dizzy's Club Late Night Jam Session: Bruce Williams 4 (FREE for participating musicians, $15 cover)
Friday, August 25 @ 5:30PM - Harlem Rose Garden - Jazz in the Garden: Sylvia Cuenca Organ Quarter presented in association with the JazzFoundation and Ariana's List (FREE first come first served)
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Generous private support for SummerStage is provided by The Thompson Family Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jaharis Family Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Shubert Organization, J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, Garcia Family Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, and NYU Community Fund. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; NY Music Month (an initiative of the NYC Mayor's Office of Media + Entertainment); and the Consulate General of Brazil in New York. Capital One is the title sponsor of Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage. Supporting Sponsors Safehold, Subaru, Poppi, Bloomberg Philanthropies, National Grid, TF Cornerstone, New York Lottery, Sixpoint, Fiddlehead, Wolffer Cider, Sunboy, Archer Roose, The Dermatology Specialists, United Airlines. Public support is also provided by Council Member Kamillah Hanks, Council Member Chi Ossé, and Council Member Keith Powers.
Generous private support for the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is provided by The Thompson Family Foundation, The Shubert Organization, J.E. & Z.B. Butler Foundation, and the NYU Community Fund. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Public support is also provided by NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Adrienne Adams, with special thanks to Council Member Carlina Rivera.
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