Each year we assemble some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect Charlie Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist. In 2018, we will present the 26th edition of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, a vibrant – and free – celebration of jazz in New York, bringing together storied, veteran players and the next generation of jazz artists.
In the world of modern music, few figures loom as large or cast as long a shadow as saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker, celebrated as a bebop pioneer and for bringing jazz into the modern era. Our annual festival celebrates Parker and his work. The festival, held each August in lower Manhattan and Harlem, features both contemporaries of Charlie Parker as well as young jazz musicians that continue to shape and drive the art form.
Vocalist Charenee Wade (center) performs at the 25th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, New York, CREDIT: Photograph © 2017 Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos.