Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2018

August 23 – 26, 2018 | 3:00pm – 7:00pm

n 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.

Locations: Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem and Tompkins Square Park, East 7th St. & Ave. A, NY, NY 10009

Cost: FREE

Marcus Garvey Park
18 Mount Morris Park West – enter park at 124th St and Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10027

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Outdoor Movie Night at Randall’s Island Park – Guardians of the Galaxy

August 19, 2018 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Join space adventurers, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) as they save the universe while being closely pursued by bounty hunters and the powerful villain, Ronan (Lee Pace). Listen out for the amazing soundtrack!



Cost: Free

Randall’s Island Park
Field 81
New York NY 10035

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King of Pop: Tribute to Michael Jackson

August 26, 2018 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm

King of Pop: Tribute to Michael Jackson is an infectious party production that takes audiences on a musical expedition spanning three decades of Michael Jackson’s chart-cresting music. The show is a performance art production that includes best-selling albums including Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, and HIStory and Invincible in this electrifying revival of Pop Music’s Royal Highness.

The New York Black Arts Festival spearheaded by some of New York’s optimum musicians and dancers, has crafted an intricate performance complete with synchronized dance routines, full costume, and an amazing light show–each delivered with a precision that could only be superseded by the King himself. This is a must-see entertainment singing along as if the moves, the music, and the memories belong to us all. Doors open at 3:00pm.

Cost: VIP $40, Adults $30, Seniors $25.00, Youth $20.00.

Harlem Events Center

228 East 125th Street btwn Third and Second Avenues
New York NY 10035

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Jazzmobile – Summerfest 55 – Craig Harris

August 17, 2018 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

When Craig Harris exploded onto the jazz scene in 1976, he brought the entire history of the jazz trombone with him. From the growling gutbucket intensity of early New Orleans music through the refined, articulate improvisation of the modern era set forth by J.J. Johnson, and into the confrontational expressionism of the ’60s avant-garde, Craig handled the total vernacular the way a skilled orator utilizes the spoken word.

Craig has performed with a veritable Who’s Who of progressive jazz’ most important figures – including Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, Abdullah Ibrahim, Jaki Byard, Muhal Richard Abrams, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Lester Bowie, The WORLD Saxophone Quartet, The Roots, RAKIM and the list goes on and on – his own projects displayed both a unique sense of concept and a total command of the sweeping expanse of musical expression. And it’s those two qualities that have dominated Craig’s past 15 years of activity, bringing him far beyond the confines of the jazz world and into the sphere of multimedia and performance art as composer, performer, conceptualist, curator, and artistic director. His projects include Souls Within the Veil, composed to commemorate the centennial of W. E. B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk; Brown Butterfly, a multi-media work based on the movement of Muhammad Ali with video, dance, and music; and God’s Trombones, based on James Weldon Johnson’s classic collection of poems that refigure inspirational sermons by itinerant Negro preachers.

Cost: FREE

Marcus Garvey Park-Richard Rodgers Amphitheater
18 Mount Morris Park West
New York NY 10027

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ForHarlem 2018 – Basketball Tournament

August 13, 2018 | 12:00pm – 6:00pm

One of New York’s most engaging summer celebrations is ForHarlem. ForHarlem started as a 3×3 basketball tournament & back to school drive in 2017. ForHarlem has transformed into a full-on community celebration through sport, music & culture. ForHarlem was created to address issues that directly affect Harlem and create a focal point for positive action while showcasing local talent, businesses & partners.

As an all-inclusive annual event, ForHarlem encourages Harlem’s community & partners to get involved. Harlem families, youth, seniors, city officials, influencers, business owners & friends will have a chance to share entertainment & community.

Cost: FREE

Marcus Garvey Park-Richard Rodgers Amphitheater
18 Mount Morris Park West, NYC 10027

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Summer Streets 2018

August 4, 11 and 18, 2018 – 7:00 am to 1:00 pm

Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—our streets. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. In 2017, nearly 300,000 people took advantage of the open streets.

On the first three Saturdays in August between the hours of 7 am and 1 pm, nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets are open to the public to play, run, walk and bike. Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, with easy access from all points in New York City, allowing participants to plan a trip as long or short as they wish. All activities at Summer Streets are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully.

Summer Streets is a project of the New York City Department of Transportation.

Cost: FREE

New York City
Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets
New York NY

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Harlem Jazz Series – Dyer, Jones & Wimberly Trio

July 31, 2018 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Michael Wimberly is a composer, percussionist, educator, and music producer based in Harlem, New York. Having recorded and toured internationally with innovative artists such as Charles Gayle, Steve Coleman, William Parker, Cooper-Moore, David Murray, and many others, Michael has earned his place in the pantheon of cutting-edge, avant-garde jazz drummers. As a djembe soloist Wimberly has been featured with Europe’s Rundfunk, Tonkuntsler, Leipzig, and the International Regions Symphony Orchestra performing “African Oratorio” by composer Daniel Schnyder. As a composer, Wimberly’s symphonic work, “Kora Saba,” has been performed by the Yakima Chamber Orchestra in Yakima, Washington, and the Sage City Symphony in Bennington, Vermont. His compositions also appear in dance companies Urban Bush Women, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Philadanco, Forces of Nature, Ailey II, Complexions, Ballet Noir, Alpha Omega, BalEthinic, Purelements, and The National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique. As president of Together with Music, and creator of the international percussion event Power of Drum, Wimberly is actively engaged with an alternative arts program whose mission is to make accessible to all youth, the learning of music and its relation to all the arts and sciences.

Dyer, Jones & Wimberly: Melanie Dyer – Viola; Darius Jones – Saxophone; and Michael Wimberly – Percussion.

1st set: 12:00pm – 12:45pm (15 min break)
2nd set: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave
New York NY 10027

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Harlem Jazz Series – Craig Harris and Friends – STAND UP AND RESIST

The Summer of 1968 was one of PROTEST. Fifty years later, we are politically in the same place. To honor the Summer of 2018, we present STAND UP AND RESIST, a series of Friday evening concerts featuring Craig Harris and Friends. Craig will be joined by many of the artists who performed during the last four years for the Harlem Jazz Series.

Join us for three exceptional early evening performances on July 6th, July 13th and July 20th (Fridays) from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. We are offering these concerts as FUNDRAISERS! Please donate generously and support Harlem Jazz Boxx as we continue our mission to bring live and creative music to Harlem.

On Friday, July 20th at 7:00pm, the following artists will be performing:

Helga Davis – Vocals
Roger Parris – Poet
Jay Rodriguez – Saxophone
Adam Klipple – Keyboards
Calvin Jones – Bass
Shirazette Tinnin – Drums
Craig Harris – Trombone

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15 min break)
2nd set: 8:00pm – 8:45pm
House doors open at 6:30pm

Suggested donation: $20 or more

Brasil SummerFest 2018

July 29th to August 12th, 2018 – Various show times and locations

Head to the Brasil Summerfest, an annual festival featuring Brazilian music, food and films exported straight from Brazil to NYC. Various venues across New York City. This year’s dates: July 29th to August 12th.

August 10th – 7 pm and 10 pm
Rodrigo Amarante and Ava Roca will team up to perform two shows at National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn NY 11249.

Please check website for schedule and locations as there are various performances and venues.

Cost: $20 for August 10th concert. Various prices for events. Please check website for performance schedule, locations and prices. 

Locations include National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn NY 11249. Please check website for performance schedule, locations and prices.

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2018 Panorama Festival

July 27, 2018 to July 29, 2018

The 2018 Panorama New York City music festival will be held from July 27 – 29 off the coast of Manhattan, Queens and Bronx at Randall’s Island Park. Organizers Goldenvoice Presents have just unveiled the lineup for the third edition of the annual NYC event.

The Weeknd, Janet Jackson and The Killers have been tapped to headline this year’s festival. Other acts confirmed for Panorama ’18 include Father John Misty, The War On Drugs, St. Vincent, David Byrne, Fleet Foxes, Chicano Batman and Migos.

Single-day tickets and three-day passes go on sale on Friday, February 2nd at 10 a.m. ET. Discount prices ONLY available from Feb 2nd to Feb 4th.

Cost: $79 – $230; prices vary for single day and weekend passes.
Randall’s Island Park
Field 81
New York, NY 10035

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