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

More Info: https://cityparksfoundation.org/charlieparker/

 

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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

More Info: https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2018/08/19/outdoor-movie-night-at-randalls-island-park-guardians-of-the-galaxy

Jazzmobile – Summerfest 55 – A Jazzmobile Family Celebration & Special Salute to Denny Farrell Harlem/Havana & Artz, Rootz, Rhythm

August 12, 2018 | 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

JAAMBO was created with all the infusions of African music from mambo to West African and everything in between. Jaambo is a collective of musicians from New York City, Trinidad and beyond with rich, diverse cultural appetites. Come and party with the invigorating sounds of Jaambo. Their mission is to make you dance.

Jaambo has appeared throughout the tri-state area including performances at Grant’s Tomb, St. John the Divine, Showman’s Jazz Club, and Harlem Stage. They have also partnered with The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Jazzmobile and the Harlem Arts Alliance. They are available for corporate events.

Harlem Renaissance Orchestra

We chose the name Harlem Renaissance Orchestra (HRO) because it is the residence and birthplace of several of our members. The word renaissance means rebirth or revival and our mission is to revive the music of the Big Band Era and to preserve this music in its living form by giving recognition to some of its leading figures: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Pops Louie Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lucky Millinder, Earl Fatha Hines, Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton and many others. The Orchestra’s goal is to re-establish Harlem as the Big Band Mecca of the world.

Over the past two decades, HRO has performed in some of the most prestigious Concert Halls, Jazz Festivals and in many other events. Including Lincoln Center/Mid-Summer Night Swing, Town Hall, The Apollo Theater, Cape May Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, The Philadelphia Arts Center, The Westchester Jazz Festival, The infamous Copacabana, Great Jazz on the Great Hill presented by Jazz Mobile Inc., Plaza Hotel and the Rainbow Room. We have also appeared in various films and videos including, an HBO Special on the life of Swing Dance innovator Frankie Manning. We did a music special on the Discovery Channel entitled,”Drop Me Off In Harlem,” that was also shown on channel Thirteen PBS(WNET). One of our performances was videotaped on WDR/ARD (Germany) Good Life T.V., and we were filmed by Fuji Television Network Inc. (Japan). HRO has been recognized and featured in a plethors of publications and media for our contributions to the arts. The following is a sample of various media who have commended the HRO: United Nations Jazz Society Publication, the Amsterdam News, New Beginnings Magazine, the NY Daily News, Swing Live Magazine, the NY Times, the New York Press and the Village Voice. HRO is dedicated to keeping the spirit of Big Band Swing Music alive and thriving. Whether in a live performance or educating the next generation of musicians, we will remain a guardian and proponent of a great musical tradition. https://www.reverbnation.com/HRO

Cost: FREE
Riverbank State Park
679 Riverside Drive – enter at 145th Street
New York NY 10031

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Jazzmobile – Summerfest 55 – SAGE – Harlem Week Salute: “Women Transforming Our World”

August 10, 2018 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Sage is an all-women’s jazz, blues and contemporary ensemble featuring Ragan Whiteside on flute and vocals, Lakecia Benjamin on saxophone, Miki Hayama on piano, Kersten Stevens on violin, Endea Owens on bass, and Shirazette Tinnen on drums. Part contemporary, part sassy, part nostalgic, these ladies deliver what every music audience is looking for, the best in the art. The group and its members have opened for and appeared with Ray Charles, Denzel Washington, Regina Carter, the Duke Ellington Show Choir and many others. This unique group has headlined at both of the major Inaugural Balls honoring President Obama, Major League Baseball All-Stars Games and the World Classic in San Diego and The Martha’s Vineyard Jazz and Blues Festival. $10 donation requested at door will benefit the Witness Project of Lower Westchester, a Breast Cancer support group.

Cost: FREE

Marcus Garvey Park-Richard Rodgers Amphitheater
18 Mount Morris Park West
New York NY 10027
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Jazzmobile – Summerfest 55 – Winard Harper – Hon. I Daneek Miller Family Concert

August 18, 2018 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Inspired by the musicianship of greats such as Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Jackie McLean, Cannonball Adderley, Dr. Billy Taylor, Art Blakey and Billy Higgins, Harper has been the leader and musical inspiration for a vibrant sextet for almost a decade. The group appears regularly all over the United States from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to Yoshi’s, the legendary West Coast jazz club. Although clearly the dominant force behind this extraordinarily gifted ensemble, Harper has surrounded himself with superbly talented young guardians of the jazz tradition (including Lawrence Clark, Ameen Saleem, Josh Evans, Stacy Dillard and Alioune Faye), who are as entertaining to watch as they are to listen to.

Constantly in reverence of his predecessors, while remaining innovative in his own right, Harper has become one of the most celebrated drummers in jazz. He is a virtuoso on the drum set as well as the balafon, the West African equivalent of the marimba. Critics have written that Winard is as pleasing and entertaining to watch as he is to hear. “As tasteful a drummer as one could ask for,” according to Jeff Kaliss of JazzTimes. Franz Matzner recently wrote in All About Jazz that the sextet’s performance “culminated in an evening of fireworks with a sustained display of percussive pyrotechnics by Harper so rapid fire, so mind-bogglingly dexterous, and so expressively diverse, as to be truly awe-inspiring.” And in a Washington Post review, Mike Joyce said, “Winard Harper’s wonderfully orchestrated solos alone might have forced a corpse to grin!”

Harper’s first major gig was with Dexter Gordon in 1982, and shortly thereafter with Johnny Griffin. It wasn’t long before his drumming skills captured the attention of Betty Carter. He spent four years working with Ms. Carter’s band, inevitably honing his jazz-as-entertainment sense of showmanship.

During the 1980s while Winard worked as a sideman to such jazz legends as Ray Bryant, Abdullah Ibrahim, Pharoah Sanders and Clifford Jordan, he also laid the foundation for what would become The Harper Brothers band. He and his brother Philip launched a band that would blaze a brilliant trail both on the charts and on the international touring circuit.

Cost: FREE

Wayanda Park
217-60 – 217-72 Hollis Avenue near Montery Street
Queens Village NY 11429

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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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Jazzmobile – Summerfest 55 – 32nd Precinct National Night Out – “A Special Tribute to Diz”

August 7, 2018 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

JAMES DELANO ZOLLAR, trumpeter moved to NYC from Kansas City, MO in 1984 and played with the Cecil McBee Quintet for five years, and recorded with Tom Harrell, Weldon Erving, and Sam Rivers. Zollar was featured in Robert Altman’s “Kansas City”, in Madonna’s music video “My Baby’s Got a Secret”, as well as Malcolm Lee’s “The Best Man”. He played on the soundtrack of “The Perez Family” and is included in The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (Oxford University Press 1999.) He was a featured soloist with Jon Faddis and Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra as well as Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He currently plays with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Count Basie Orchestra, Don Byron’s Bands, and working with Eddie Palmieri. James released “Zollar Systems” in 2010 and “It’s All Good People” in 2013.

Cost: FREE

 

Dizzy Gillespie Cove
Across from the 32ND Police Precinct/West 135TH St btwn Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, Jr. and Frederick

Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors: Sun Ra Arkestra

August 8, 2018 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

“The music is different here. The vibrations are different here.” So opens the 1972 Afrofuturist sci-fi film Space Is the Place by jazz cult-icon Sun Ra. But these words could also apply to (le) poisson rouge, the Bleecker Street club known for its diverse, open-minded programming. This cosmic evening, part of LPR’s 10th-anniversary celebrations builds up to the Sun Ra Arkestra’s live performance of the score to the film, in which Black people create their own paradise on Saturn, transported there by music. Getting us to that place tonight are the beloved songs of Bill Withers (“Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone,” “Just the Two of Us”) performed by Blue Note jazz and R&B artist José James. Jazz pianist and composer Samora Pinderhughes opens with The Transformations Suite, a musical examination of the radical history of resistance within communities of the African diaspora.

Seating is first come, first served, and gates open one hour prior to the performance.

Cost: FREE

Damrosch Park
175 West 62nd Street
New York NY 10023

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Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors: In the Name of the Earth (World premiere)

August 11, 2018 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Join hundreds of neighbors, visitors, and singers in the northernmost part of Central Park for the world premiere of In the Name of the Earth, a large-scale choral work by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer John Luther Adams. Led by the incomparable Simon Halsey, hundreds of experienced and amateur singers transform the names of North American rivers, lakes, mountains, and deserts into a communal meditation on Adams’s holy trinity: the Earth, the Water, and the Holy Wind. Experience geography in sight and sound as you move around the beautiful water of the Harlem Meer and through an enveloping sound world created by 360-degree singing.

The Program;
John Luther Adams: In the Name of the Earth (World premiere)

Seating is first come, first served, and gates open one hour prior to the performance.

Cost: FREE

Harlem Meer at the Dana Discovery Center
110th Street btwn Fifth Avenue & Malcolm X Blvd
New York NY 10079

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Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors: West Side Story Reimagined Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band Poetry by La Bruja and Rich Villar

Aug 10, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Leonard Bernstein’s score to West Side Story fused progressive big-band jazz, lyric opera, modern dance, and Latin rhythms into a groundbreaking masterpiece that revolutionized the Broadway musical. Celebrate Maestro Bernstein’s centennial year with the Grammy-nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band. Just a few blocks from where the opening of the film was shot, they reimagine the timeless instrumental score using traditional Afro-Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Brazilian, Venezuelan, and Mexican rhythms, funk, rock, and jazz. Poets La Bruja and Rich Villar kick off the evening with an electrifying set of the spoken word.

Seating is first come, first served, and gates open one hour prior to the performance.

Cost: FREE

Damrosch Park
175 West 62nd Street
New York NY 10023

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