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By Culturekiosque Staff

NEW YORK, 16 AUGUST 2013 — In the world of modern music, few figures loom as large or cast as long a shadow as saxophonist Charlie Parker, best known as "Bird" (short for "Yardbird") to generations of musicians. He was born in 1920, and almost sixty years since his death in 1955, he is universally celebrated for single-handedly inventing bebop and bringing jazz into the modern era.

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is an annual salute to the legendary saxophonist. Fortunately, some of the programming of this New York festival takes place in air-conditioned venues in Manhattan, rather than out-of-doors in the often intolerable tropical humidity that is the defining feature of summer in New York.

The 2013 edition begins next Wednesday on 21 August at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music’s Jazz Performance Space with screenings of two films important to jazz culture – Beacons of Jazz and Girls in the Band.

An interactive family Jazz concert will kick off the festival’s highlight: 3 days of jazz performances in the park , including the world premiere of a newly re-commissioned Bird is the Word. The original piece was commissioned by the festival in 2004, and now nearly 10 years later returns reworked for and performed by Jimmy Heath and his Big Band.

This year the festival falls just days before Parker’s birthday, with performances uptown on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon in historic Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park (in the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater), blocks from the clubs in which bebop was born; and downtown on Sunday afternoon in Tompkins Square Park, across the street from the apartment that Parker called home.

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2013 Schedule

**NOTE:All Events are free. Seating is first-come, first-served**

Day Date Time Artist Genre
Wednesday Aug.21 6:30 PM Screening: "Beacons of Jazz" Film
Thursday Aug.22 6:30 PM Screening & Conversation: "The Girls in the Band" Film & Panel
Friday Aug.23 11:00 AM Family Jazz Concert featuring Matt Wilson Concert
Friday Aug.23 7:00 PM World Premiere of "Bird is the Word" by Jimmy Heath, performed by Jimmy Heath Big Band Concert
Saturday Aug.24 3:00 PM Kenny Garrett / Cécile McLorin Salvant/ Kim Thompson / Jaleel Shaw Concert
Sunday Aug.25 3:00 PM Lee Konitz Quartet/ Sheila Jordan / Christian Scott / Aaron Diehl Quartet Concert

**NOTE:All Events are free. Seating is first-come, first-served**


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