(August) Charlie Parker was one of the most innovative and influential musicians in jazz history. His legacy has persisted throughout the many developments that jazz has undergone over seven decades. This legacy is celebrated every year in New York City (where Parker lived and performed for much of his life) with the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. The esteem in which Parker is held in the jazz community at large is reflected in the festival’s calendar each year; the most important musicians in jazz (from young lions to elder statesmen) turn out to perform and pay their respects.
Over two days in late August, concerts are held at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem and Tompkins Square Park in lower Manhattan, both public parks. The festival is produced by the City Parks Foundation, a private non-profit organization that offers programs throughout the NY park system. There are usually four separate acts per day, in the late afternoon/early evening hours. The festival is free and open to the public.
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Information
- Public Transportation: All venues are easily accessible by MTA buses and subway
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good for each venue
- Performances/Programs: Four programs are performed each day of the festival
- Admission: Free and open to the public