Jazz festival trumpets into NYC

August 17, 2012 by  

The City Parks Foundation has today begun hosting the 20th Anniversary of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. The festival runs until Sunday, August 26 and features an event at a different venue in New York City every day. The events range from jazz performances to workshops and discussions, all of which are free to attend.

Charlie Parker was an innovative jazz musician who spent much of his career living and performing in New York City. He was a saxophonist who served as an icon for both the original hipster, or hepcat, subculture and the Beat Generation. He was a leading force in the development of the bebop music style and one of the first jazz musicians to identify as an artist and intellectual rather than an entertainer. He passed away at the young age of 34, having battled heroin addiction for much of his life.

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival brings together many world-renowned jazz artists to recognize and celebrate Parker’s musical importance and genius. The festival opens at Whole Foods on the Upper West Side, a former location of the famous Mikell’s Jazz Club. The Sugar Hill Quartet, along with Patience Higgins, Marcus Persiani, and Dave Gibson will be performing. The festival will include performances throughout the city from such other artists as Roy Haynes, the Ernestine Anderson Quartet, and Lakecia Benjamin.

There is little doubt that printing companies will be creating flyers so that all of the different venues can promote this event and draw in attendance for themselves. It should be great fun for jazz enthusiasts in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island City , and the rest of New York.