SummerStage Charlie Parker Jazz Festival – Lee Konitz Quartet / Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science / Louis Hayes / Charenee Wade

Charlie_Parker__August 26, 2017 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Each year we assemble some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect Charlie Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist. In 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.

This year we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, a vibrant – and free – celebration of jazz in New York, bringing together storied, veteran players and the next generation of jazz artists. In recognition of this milestone, we have added a fourth night to the festival, featuring a full evening of dance in the lineup for the first time, and are partnering with the New School for Jazz and other local organizations to present panel discussions, workshops, and additional performances. The festival, from August 24 – 27, will feature both contemporaries of Charlie Parker as well as young jazz musicians that continue to shape and drive the art form.

Lee Konitz Quartet / Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science / Louis Hayes / Charenee Wade

The Lee Konitz Quartet is comprised of four of the most skillful jazz veterans working today. Under the leadership of Lee Konitz, the group has been thrilling audiences for quite a long time. Konitz, a premiere alto saxophonist, started out in Chicago, where he put a lot of hours into learning his craft. His early work saw him playing with Claude Thornhill Orchestra (arranged by Gil Evans), Stan Kenton’s Orchestra, pianist Lennie Tristano, and the Miles Davis Capitol Orchestra. He would then break out on his own, amassing a staggering list of essential jazz credentials. Adding a touch of international flare to the group is Dan Tepfer, their Paris-born pianist/composer. An improviser at heart, this talented musician has tickled the ivories alongside jazz behemoths of all natures, and has released several hit solo albums. With a keen interest in astrophysics, Tepfer has utilized his computer-science knowledge in conjunction with improvisational techniques to formulate a revolutionary jazz-centric algorithm. The Lee Konitz Quartet’s bassist is Jeremy Stratton, a local jazz hero from New York, who has played over the decades with a multitude of famed ensembles. Rounding out this colossal crew is George Schuller on drums. Schuller is well known in the jazz milieu, with numerous side bands under his belt, including the hit big band from the ‘80s, Orange Than Blue.

Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science

For Terri Lyne Carrington, it’s not just about sounding sweet. Along with her band Social Science, the princess of percussion has been melding her uncannily sophisticated drumming and composing abilities with impactful, relevant statements on the pressing social issues of today. With a lush composition of jazz, indie rock, contemporary classical and R&B, all reconfigured under the sweeping swath of freeform improvisation, Carrington is not afraid to mix things up. A revered mainstay in the business, she has a four-decade long career and three Grammy wins to her credit, but is not even remotely content to just coast on by. An activist, educator and warrior for freedom and racial & sex equality, Carrington is nothing shy of remarkable. She began in music as an undeniable drumming prodigy, receiving accolades from People magazine, EBONY and Modern Drummer, at just ten years of age. With oodles of television performances and alliances with humongous names in music, she has wowed audiences all over the world. With eight full length albums out, Carrington perennially brings her passion to the studio as well. Her latest release is a can’t-miss collaboration with a star-studded cadre of top female artists, The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL.

Louis Hayes

Born in Motown, Louis Sedell Hayes came up virtually ensconced in authentic Detroit music stylings. At a young age he discovered the piano, but when his father presented him with a set of drums, his true passion was ignited. Coming up in 1950’s Detroit, surrounded by jazz giants Yusef Lateef, Kenny Burrell and Doug Watkins (to name a few), Hayes was mentored by the legendary Papa Joe Jones. At only eighteen years old, he moved to NYC and joined the Horace Silver Quintet, skyrocketing him into the critical public eye, with his full drumming talents on display. In the 60’s Hayes became a part of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet, further cementing his name into the catalogue of storied jazz percussionists. He would later be asked to play alongside star piano man Oscar Peterson, in a group where Hayes and bassist Sam Jones would become known as the “dynamic duo” of rhythm. As Hayes’ career progressed, he would lead several incarnations of bands under his own name, playing with jazz greats Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Barron, Junior Cooke, Woody Shaw, Dexter Gordon and eventually McCoy Tyner. His shows still explode with energy, as Hayes bangs away with perfect precision.

Charenee Wade

The wonderfully outspoken Charenee Wade is a brave new voice on the modern jazz frontier, intent on using her art form to exact social change. This exquisite improvisational jazz vocalist, composer and arranger is just getting started, too. Her numerous accolades include being named the First Runner-Up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition and being invited to perform her original songs with Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her debut album Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson is a stirring tribute to socially-conscious musician/poet Scott-Heron, which also forecasts Wade’s own desire to rise up against the many forms of injustice still plaguing the world of today. Notable tracks include “Song of the Wind,” a heartfelt appreciation of the peace-seeking efforts of her mentors, “A Toast to the People,” a nuanced example of Wade’s deftness at storytelling through vocal dexterity, and “Home Is Where the Hatred Is,” a rousingly powerful jazz number where her dynamic talents are on full display. In addition to providing the gift of her voice to the world, Charenee passes along her love of music as a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music, City College.

Cost: FREE

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

Jazzmobile presents Camille Thurman at The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Camille_ThurmanAugust 25, 2017 7:00pm – 7:45pm

Camille Thurman, multitalented saxophonist, flutist, vocalist, composer, and educator is a young musician emerging on the horizon, acquiring an impressive list of accomplishments that extend well beyond her years. Her lush, velvety, rich & warm sound on the tenor saxophone has eluded others to compare her sound to the likeness of tenor greats Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon, and Lester Young to name a few. Camille’s ability to sing 4 octaves and perform vocalese has given her the capability to influence audiences with melodies reminiscent of the sounds of Minnie Ripperton, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan. Her ability to take the sounds evocative of yesteryear’s legends and creatively pair them with the nuances, edge, and freshness of today’s music has not only expanded the possibilities of jazz in the upcoming generation but also gained her the respect of audiences in Israel, Switzerland, and around the world.

An accomplished performer and composer in her own right, Camille has shared the stage with Dr. Billy Taylor, Benny Golson, Chaka Khan, Alicia Keys, and many other jazz and R&B icons. Camille leads her own quartet, which has toured Russia, performed at the International Women in Jazz Festival, the Super Jazz Ashdod Israel Jazz Festival and many others around the world. Camille was a runner-up in the 2013 International Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition. She has appeared on BET’s Black Girls Rock as the saxophonist in the All Star Band and has performed at venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and the Jazz Standard, just to name a few. Camille released two albums on the Hot Tone Music Label – Origins and Spirit Child.

Free

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

SummerStage Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Charlie_Parker__August 24, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Each year we assemble some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect Charlie Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist. In 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.

This year we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, a vibrant – and free – celebration of jazz in New York, bringing together storied, veteran players and the next generation of jazz artists. In recognition of this milestone, we have added a fourth night to the festival, featuring a full evening of dance in the lineup for the first time, and are partnering with the New School for Jazz and other local organizations to present panel discussions, workshops, and additional performances. The festival, from August 24 – 27, will feature both contemporaries of Charlie Parker as well as young jazz musicians that continue to shape and drive the art form.

Jason Samuels Smith’s Chasin’ The Bird Remixed – August 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – NYC-bred Emmy winning tap dance virtuoso & choreographer as part of The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival…

Anat Cohen Tentet – August 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – World-renowned clarinet player leads troupe of jazz artists through multiple sounds as a part of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival…

Cost: FREE

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

Jazzmobile’s Summerfest at Marcus Garvey Park

August 11, 2017 7:00pm – 8:15pm

craig-gt-2Jazzmobile’s Summerfest! – Craig Harris, arranger, composer and trombonist. 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.

Cost: FREE

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

 

Jazzmobile – Brianna Thomas

July 28, 2017 7:00pm – 8:15pm

Brianna_Thomas_7“Brianna Thomas may well be the best young straight-ahead jazz singer of her generation.”
Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal. Brianna’s singing is deeply enriched by an understanding of the masterful voices of jazz past. Beyond a healthy serving of sass, Sarah Vaughn’s influence contributes to Brianna’s style the artistic savvy needed to communicate myriad moods and feelings as well as a keen instrumental perspective. Add to that a coyness reminiscent of Nancy Wilson, an Ella-esque skill and enthusiasm for scatting, and the stylistic breadth and vocal grandeur evocative of Dianne Reeves. Perhaps Brianna’s greatest asset is the soulfulness of her sound. Captivatingly unique, her sound moves in tones ranging from sweet invitations to assured convictions, establishing a personal and classic quality that leaves listeners swooning after her performances.

Brianna has blazed a path in the world of jazz and continues a stellar ascent. With dedication, hard work, and a sparkling personality, Brianna is sure to become one of jazz’s most prominent voices. The words of legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller best illustrate Brianna Thomas’ abilities, hailing her as a “marvelous new artist who has all it takes to reach the top of the jazz profession and music in general.”
“Ms. Thomas has a strong voice and a big range descended from Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter and routed through Dianne Reeves, with clarity and confidence and a little dirt.”
– Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

Cost: FREE

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

Jazzmobile – Jeremy Pelt

August 4, 2017 7:00pm – 8:15pm

Jeremy_Pelt_Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to collaborations with some of the genre’s greatest masters. These projects include performances and recordings with Cliff Barbaro, Keter Betts, Pelt…maintains a consistent forward momentum.. while he transmits a modern-day sense of urgency with his songs. more » Bobby “Blue” Bland, Ravi Coltrane, Frank Foster, Winard Harper, Jimmy Heath, Vincent Herring, John Hicks, Charli Persip, Ralph Peterson, Lonnie Plaxico, Bobby Short, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, Nancy Wilson and The Skatalites, to name a few.Pelt frequently performs alongside such notable ensembles as the Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Village Vanguard.

Pelt frequently performs alongside such notable ensembles as the Roy Hargrove Big Band, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, and the Duke Ellington Big Band, and is a member of the Lewis Nash Septet and The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring Louis Hayes. As a leader, Pelt has recorded ten albums and has toured globally with his various ensembles, appearing at many major jazz festivals and concert venues.

Pelt’s recordings and performances have earned him critical acclaim, both nationally and internationally. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal by legendary jazz writer and producer, Nat Hentoff, and was voted Rising Star on the trumpet, five years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association. Pelt is currently touring throughout the United States and Europe in support of his latest release, “Make Noise!” (Highnote rec. 2017).

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