Date: 03/26/2016

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: The Apollo Theater (253 W. 125th St., Manhattan)

Price: Free, register here

Led by Harlem historian, lecturer and architect, John Reddick, this historic tour will visit Harlem landmarks associated with the legendary musician’s life and career - from Minton’s Playhouse, where Parker performed jam sessions early in his career to Abyssinian Baptist Church where his funeral was held. Other stops will include: the Cecil Hotel, Mt. Morris Park, Dewey Square Hotel, Dan Wall’s Chili House, Clark Monroe’s Uptown House, the Savoy Ballroom and Small’s Paradise. At the height of his talent and popularity, “Bird” as Parker came be known, would perform at Harlem’s most distinguished venues including Small’s Paradise, the Savoy Ballroom and the world famous Apollo Theater. Harlem also served briefly as Parker’s home base where he resided at the Dewey Square Hotel on 117th Street and later, upon his death, Harlem would host his funeral at Abyssinian Baptist Church with a service officiated by Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Each year since 1993 the community has celebrated his talent, artistry and Harlem association with the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Marcus Garvey Park.

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