Charlie Parker: The Man and The Music
The Harlem School of the Arts (645 St. Nicholas Ave., Manhattan)
Free, RSVP requested: or (212) 360-1399.

Each year the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival assembles some of the finest musicians in the world that reflect Parker’s musical individuality and genius to celebrate and promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned jazz legend, known to many as the father of be-bop. The two days of free concerts take place in the neighborhoods where Charlie Parker lived and worked — Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park and the Lower East Side’s Tompkins Square Park.

To help kick off this season of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, SummerStage is pleased to present a special panel discussion in partnership with the Harlem School of the Arts featuring NEA Jazz Master, Jean “Toots” Thielemans, saxophonists Tia Fuller and Sam Newsome, Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance program at Columbia University Christopher Washburne and Charlie Parker Jazz Festival co-founder Sam A. Turvey. This discussion will explore the enduring musical legacy of Charlie Parker and his influence on jazz today.