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 2020, we are celebrating the 100th birthday of Charlie Parker in the 28th iteration of the festival. This vibrant – and free – celebration of jazz in New York brings together stories, veteran players and the next generation of jazz artists.
Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem
Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan
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.
In 2020, we will be celebrating the 100th birthday of Parker. From jazz to swing and blues to be-bop, this year’s festival will celebrate Parker’s life and legacy through special performances featuring those with connections to Parker himself.
LISTEN TO OUR 2019 CPJF ARTISTS
The trio, The Bad Plus, performing at Tompkins Square Park, New York on August 26, 2018 for the 26th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. © 2018 Melanie Nanez Mor