SummerStage presents Charlie Parker Jazz Festival featuring Archie Shepp Quartet / Madeleine Peyroux / Anat Cohen / The Gerald Clayton Trio
Sun, Aug 28, 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.
Saxophone player, composer, pianist, singer, activist, poet, playwright Archie Shepp has entertained audiences around the world for nearly 50 years with his multi-instrumental talents. His music highlights the juxtaposition of original black American music: blues and spirituals. At the head of the avant-garde free jazz movement, Shepp combines his own unique style with his inspirations: the wild raspiness of his attacks, his massive sound sculpted by a vibrato mastered in all ranges, his phrases carried to breathlessness, his abrupt level changes, and the intensity of his tempos, but also the velvety tenderness woven into a ballad.
Inspired by the cornerstones of jazz, songstress Madeleine Peyroux began her music career as a teenage busker on the quaint, acoustic streets of Europe, where she enhanced her vocal and guitar skills. Peyroux is best known by her fans for intimately arranged covers of the early American blues and jazz repertoire. With her latest album, Bare Bones, she explores a different realm of expressing herself through a collection of self-penned compositions and collaborations.
An established bandleader and prolific composer, idiomatically conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles, Anat Cohen has established herself as one of the primary voices of her generation on both the tenor saxophone and clarinet.
Grammy nominated Gerald Clayton, born in the Netherlands to a musical family, was exposed to a variety of music styles at an early age. His passion and talent on the piano was immediate and allowed him to cultivate his dynamic sound with audiences nationally and internationally, while sharing the stage with numerous jazz greats. Clayton’s trio, with Justin Brown (drums) and Joe Sanders (bass), allows him to explore and expand his creativity in music.