SummerStage presents the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival featuring Toots Thielmans / James Carter / Tia Fuller / Cecile McLorin Salvant

Sat, Aug 27, 2011, 3:00 pm - 11:59 pm

Free admission (all visitors, all hours)

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival annually assembles some of the finest musicians in the world, who reflect Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist. The two days of free concerts take place in neighborhoods where Charlie Parker lived and worked, in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park on August 27 and the Lower East Side’s Tompkins Square Park on August 28.

NEA Jazz Master Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans is a preeminent player of the jazz harmonica. With a musical career that has spanned nearly 70 years on both the radio as well as the big and small screen, Thielemans has taken a simple instrument and brought it into the contemporary jazz ensemble. From his collaborations with some of the biggest names in jazz such as Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Benny Goodman and Ella Fitzgerald and pop stars such as Paul Simon and Billy Joel, Thielemans has harnessed his ability to express both sweet and the bitter emotions with the harmonica, which has made him a favorite worldwide. In 1962, Thielemans recorded his most enduring composition, “Bluesette,” which remains a jazz staple and has been recorded by scores of artists over the years.

Saxophonist James Carter has helped propel jazz full tilt into the future over the past 25 years. As a master of numerous reed instruments, Carter has mesmerized the jazz world since his debut. Since then, he has released numerous albums to critical acclaim.

Dynamic saxophonist Tia Fuller has maintained a blossoming career, with several albums including 2010 ’s release Decisive Steps. In-between recording and being a jazz educator, Fuller was also selected as a member of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé. She is a featured soloist on the Beyoncé Experience DVD and has also appeared on number of major television shows, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and Today Show.

Cécile McLorin Salvant is a French-American jazz singer that is being recognized as one of the brightest stars in the jazz world today. Growing critical acclaim highlights her unique interpretations of jazz and blues standards and her ability to tackle compositions rarely performed among today’s jazz vocalists. Salvant has performed with renowned musicians such as Jean-François Bonnel and Dan Nimmer. 

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Marcus Garvey Park

Madison Avenue

(East 120th to East 124th Streets)

New York, NY 10027