August 21 – 25 2019 Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan Free
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.
This year we are thrilled to celebrate the centennial of the Harlem Renaissance and highlight the artistic and creative energy that has made Harlem a world renown artistic community, while continuing to honor Parker’s work and legacy. From jazz to swing and blues to be-bop, this year’s festival will celebrate this historic cultural music community.