Showing posts with label Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Show all posts

Sunday, August 28, 2022

[Updated] Police investigation in Tompkins Square Park as workers prep for the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Updated below.

Workers continue to set up for the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival today (3-7 p.m.) in Tompkins Square Park. 

Nearby this morning, police had taped off part of the benches in the center of the Park. A man's body, partially covered by a white sheet, was slumped on a bench. Witnesses said this was likely an overdose. No other information was available at the moment.
Updated: 

Follow-up reports at amNY and PIX 11 state that the man was found unresponsive just after 8 a.m.

Per amNY: "There were no apparent signs of foul play, and police sources indicated it's believed the individual may have suffered from a drug overdose."

Friday, August 26, 2022

Reminders! The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is back in Tompkins Square Park on Sunday

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is taking place this weekend...  with a return to Tompkins Square Park from 3-7 p.m. on Sunday.

Here's what to expect here via the SummerStage 2022 program
Archie Shepp and Jason Moran are two avant-garde jazz musicians from different generations that nonetheless share a penchant for pushing the envelope. Shepp is a veteran saxophonist who has been called both a musical firebrand and a cultural radical, standing out even amongst myriad talents in the free jazz generation. Moran is pianist 37 years Shepp’s junior, with an equal respect for tradition and trailblazing. Their 2021 collaboration Let My People Go is a warm and intimate collection of duets recorded live in 2017-2018, a pristine portrait of two masters at work. 

The bill also includes the Grammy-nominated Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, who plays with a ferocious energy and deft musicality; Bria Skonberg, a Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader once described by The Wall Street Journal as one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation; and Pasquale Grasso, a master be-bop guitarist known for elevating the instrument through his pianistic approach, showing the influence of Bud Powell and Art Tatum in a revolutionary hard-swinging way. 

An abbreviated version of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival took place last year in Harlem; the 2020 slate was canceled with the pandemic. 

The festival started in Tompkins Square Park in 1993 ... taking place near or on Parker's birthday on Aug. 29. Additional dates were added in Harlem in 2000. 

Parker, who died in 1955 at age 34, lived at 151 Avenue B from 1950-1954. That residential building between Ninth Street and 10th Street is landmarked.  

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival returns to Tompkins Square Park for the 1st time since 2019

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is returning this summer to the place where it all began — Tompkins Square Park. 

The City Parks Foundation announced the lineup for SummerStage 2022 yesterday (read the full rundown here; Gothamist has a story here). 

Included in the lineup of free and benefit shows: The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on Aug. 26-28. The first two dates are in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. On Aug. 28, the festival makes its way to Tompkins Square Park from 3-7 p.m. (This show is free.) 

Here's what to expect here via the SummerStage 2022 program
Archie Shepp and Jason Moran are two avant-garde jazz musicians from different generations that nonetheless share a penchant for pushing the envelope. Shepp is a veteran saxophonist who has been called both a musical firebrand and a cultural radical, standing out even amongst myriad talents in the free jazz generation. Moran is pianist 37 years Shepp’s junior, with an equal respect for tradition and trailblazing. Their 2021 collaboration Let My People Go is a warm and intimate collection of duets recorded live in 2017-2018, a pristine portrait of two masters at work. 

The bill also includes the Grammy-nominated Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, who plays with a ferocious energy and deft musicality; Bria Skonberg, a Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader once described by The Wall Street Journal as one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation; and Pasquale Grasso, a master be-bop guitarist known for elevating the instrument through his pianistic approach, showing the influence of Bud Powell and Art Tatum in a revolutionary hard-swinging way. 
An abbreviated version of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival took place last year in Harlem; the 2020 slate was cancelled with the pandemic. 

The festival started in Tompkins Square Park in 1993 ... taking place near or on Parker's birthday on Aug. 29. Additional dates were added in Harlem in 2000. 

Parker, who died in 1955 at age 34, lived at 151 Avenue B from 1950-1954. That residential building between Ninth Street and 10th Street is landmarked. 

Photo from 2019 by Steven

Sunday, June 6, 2021

No Charlie Parker Jazz Festival for Tompkins Square Park this summer

Back on Thursday, SummerStage announced its 2021 season lineup ... with reduced-capacity in-person events returning on June 17. (Ticket requests begin tomorrow at noon.) The shows include the annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival on Aug. 28-29. 

However, unlike in past years, Tompkins Square Park will not be hosting the Sunday portion of the festival. Performances on both days will be in Harlem's Marcus Garvey Park/Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, where it will be easier to support SummerStage's 2021 social-distancing guidelines and ticketing process. 

--update--

The shows are FREE. You do need to request a ticket, though. As Gothamist and other media outlets reported, there are also some shows, all in Central Park, that will serve as a benefit where there is a cost for tickets, including George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic on June 27, Machine Gun Kelly on Sept. 13 and Indigo Girls & Ani Difranco on Sept. 21. This link has more info on the shows.

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The festival started in Tompkins Square Park in 1993 ... taking place near or on Parker's birthday on Aug. 29. Additional dates were added in Harlem in 2000. 

Parker, who died in 1955 at age 34, lived at 151 Avenue B from 1950-1954. That residential building between Ninth Street and 10th Street is landmarked. 

Photo from 2019 by Steven

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Sunday's parting shot



A nice turnout today for the 27th annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square Park... photo by Steven...

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Stage fright: What it took to get ready for the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival


[Photo by Vinny & O]

The stage is now set for the 27th annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival tomorrow (Aug. 25) in Tompkins Square Park.

Getting to this place was filled with drama galore this morning.

We first saw the truck bringing in the stage at 7:44 a.m. The truck came in via the entrance at Ninth Street and Avenue B...



The driver was having a tough time navigating the left turn at the Sandra Turner Garden and Avenue A playground...



We kept on our journey from Avenue B through to Avenue A and out of the Park... EVG correspondent Steven then picked up the stuck-truck narrative.

With the construction fence up for the Avenue B playground renovation, the truck couldn't make the turn into the stage area...



The truck was able to back up a bit...



... and kept going toward Temperance Fountain...



... breaking off a few branches along the way...









In the end, 90 minutes elapsed between the time the truck couldn't make the turn into the stage area and, inching backwards, exiting the Park at Avenue A and Ninth Street...



The truck then drove around and re-entered on Avenue B and Ninth Street. From there, it only took about four or five minutes to get to the final destination. (This time, they turned left at the flag pole and drove around the ping-pong table.) They parked the stage for good at 9:59 a.m.



Residents who witnessed this maneuvering described it as "painful" and "agonizing" ... and there were claims that Tompkins Square Park staff wasn't helpful during this process.

Not sure how the stage was brought in during the previous 26 Charlie Parker Jazz Festivals — from the currently closed entrance on Seventh Street and Avenue B?

Anyway! The show is tomorrow from 3-7 p.m. Hopefully removing the stage will go a little more smoothly.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

About the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square Park Sunday


[Carl Allen]

The 27th edition of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is underway ... and, as always, the grand finale takes place in the East Village.

Here's the lineup for the free show Sunday (Aug. 25) from 3-7 p.m. in Tompkins Square Park:

• Carl Allen's Art Blakey Tribute
• George Coleman Trio
• Fred Hersch
• Lakecia Benjamin

Per the official SummerStage program:

Carl Allen’s jazz bonafides are indisputable—as a young drummer out of William Paterson University he earned a spot in Freddie Hubbard’s band, and would go on to play with the saxophonists George Coleman and Phil Woods (among others), and serve as the Artistic Director of Jazz Studies at the Juilliard School. The quintet he brings to SummerStage — featuring Jeremy Pelt, JD Allen, Eric Reed, and Peter Washington — pays tribute to one of his heroes, the legendary drummer Art Blakey.

Allen is joined by NEA Jazz Master and one of the most respected musicians out of the hard-bop era George Coleman and his trio, the multiple Grammy Award nominee pianist Fred Hersch, who has been proclaimed as “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz” by Vanity Fair, and the saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, who has played with the likes of Missy Elliot, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Macy Gray, the Roots and Anita Baker.

Here's what to expect from Carl Allen ... this clip is from the recent San José Jazz Summer Fest ...



Charlie Parker, who died in 1955 at age 34, lived at 151 Avenue B from 1950-54.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

There for the Bird



A full house park today for the 26th annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square Park... featuring headliner Gary Bartz, the alto saxophonist who has recorded more than 40 solo records...





Photos by Steven

Prepping for the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square Park


[Photo by Steven]

The stage for the 26th annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival rolled into Tompkins Square Park yesterday... (find the lineup for the free show, which is 3-7 p.m. today, right here).

And this morning...



... and later this morning (added at 11:30 a.m.)...


[Photo by Steven]

Ahead of the show, Park workers yesterday filled in the tranquil pond/mud bath/T-Rex footprint, which looked like...



... to this...



Unfortunately, the infill didn't last... a tire track appeared later in the day...


[Photo by Goggla]

Friday, August 24, 2018

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival is Sunday in Tompkins Square Park

Time again for the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival ... the 26th edition includes a date in Tompkins Square Park on Sunday from 3-7 p.m.

Gary Bartz — "hailed as one of the greatest alto saxophonists since Cannonball Adderley" — is the headliner.

Also on the bill, via SummerStage:

Audiences attending the show are in for a treat, as they’ll also hear longtime gospel, blues, and jazz pianist, Amina Claudine Myers, the boundary-breaking trio The Bad Plus, and UNHEARD, a piece honoring Charlie Parker featuring musicians Immanuel Wilkins, Joel Ross, and Adam O’Farrill commissioned in association with The Joyce and George Wein Foundation under the artistic supervision of The Jazz Gallery.



The Jazz Festival will also have dates up in Marcus Garvey Park today and tomorrow.

Parker, who died in 1955 at age 34, lived at 151 Avenue B from 1950-54.