Charlie Parker – The King of Bepop | Harlem Jazz Boxx

Credited as the inventor of the musical style of bebop, Charlie Parker was more than that. His success didn’t stop there. But let’s start at the beginning.

Charlie Parker “Bird” was born on August 29, 1920, in Kansas. Although he didn’t have any musical aspirations at an early age, his father’s musical background, however, was an element of influence for the young Parker. He started playing at the age of 11 and by 14 was an active part of his school band. Playing in clubs around Kansas, Parker worked hard to hone his musical talents.

A move to New York City in 1939 became a turning point in Parker’s life. He held several jobs but all of his free time was devoted to practicing. He soon joined bands that would perform at after-hours clubs in Harlem. During this time he continued his musical learning under the guidance of his teacher, Maury Deutsch. The same year, he discovered the method that eventually led to the development of bebop.

During the early years after its inception, bebop wasn’t fully accepted by the public. Jazz musicians were skeptical and rejected the new style. Once the recording ban lifted in 1945, bebop got the fame it deserved. Fans and jazz musicians were all ready to groove to the music. The music was new but refreshing, and so audiences all over the world were fascinated by the new sound. This accomplishment put Charlie Parker and his band in the spotlight.

While his stint with bebop paid off, Parker wanted to perform with a string section. Being a keen student of classical music, he wanted to experiment with the genre. And hence he worked with Norman Granz to record an album of ballads. In 1949, he made his European debut at the Paris International Jazz Festival.

While Charlie Parker was achieving successes in his professional life, his personal life started to affect his career. Substance abuse and heroin addiction affected his work but many of his works during this time had been labelled as remarkable. His command over his work made his pieces even more magical. Being gregarious and charismatic, Charlie Parker’s complex character didn’t show much. His music had the same nature, complex and thought-provoking.

His works forever changed the performance and writing of jazz music. As the big band era was slowly fading away, Charlie Parker gave the industry something new. It was the bebop that changed the gameplay in the jazz industry and thus highly influential saxophonist who had a penchant for fast and free-styled music.

Charlie Parker’s contributions to the jazz industry are numerous, but we can all agree that he went too soon. His music brought peace and solace to many others, but it had no such effect on him. He died on March 12, 1955, in New York City while he was staying at Stanhope Hotel.

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Jazzmobile – Summerfest 55 – Harlem | Havana – Yunior Terry, OYU ORO Afro Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble

August 15, 2018 – 7:00pm – 8:30pm

YUNIOR TERRY, bassist – Born in Cuba and regarded as one of New York City most sought-after bass player, Yunior Terry is recognized for his big sound, versatility and contagious rhythm. He attended CalArts where he expanded his musical horizon under Charlie Haden, Derek Oles (Poland), Rajeev Taranath (India) and Alfred Ladzekpo (Ghana)Awards: Van Lier Fellowship (Meet the Composer). Yunior Terry has performed with Steve Coleman, Jerry Gonzales and Fort Apache, Lila Downs, Jeff Tain Watts, Eddie Palmieri, The late Hilton Ruiz, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Steve Turre, Jane Bunnett and his brother Yosvany Terry. Terry leads his own band “Son de Altura”, created to innovate as well as to preserver the legacy of Cuban music; releasing his first album as a leader “Mi Bajo Danzón ” published by Palo Santo Music.

Oyu Oro is the brainchild of Danys “La Mora” Perez ─ international Afro-Cuban folklore performer, choreographer, teacher and dance ethnologist from Santiago de Cuba. The company is committed to the preservation of Afro-Cuban folklore as well as to encouraging the cross-cultural understanding of the dance and music forms derived from African culture.

Oyu Oro aspires to create a work that will serve as an informational tool for the researchers in the academic field as well as a source of enjoyment for audiences of all ages and multicultural backgrounds who seek a greater development of “art among people.

Cost: FREE

Grant’s Tomb – General Grant National Memorial
Riverside Drive and 122nd Street
New York NY 10027

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Lincoln Center’s Out-of-Doors: West Side Story Reimagined Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band Poetry by La Bruja and Rich Villar

Aug 10, 2018 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Leonard Bernstein’s score to West Side Story fused progressive big-band jazz, lyric opera, modern dance, and Latin rhythms into a groundbreaking masterpiece that revolutionized the Broadway musical. Celebrate Maestro Bernstein’s centennial year with the Grammy-nominated Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band. Just a few blocks from where the opening of the film was shot, they reimagine the timeless instrumental score using traditional Afro-Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Brazilian, Venezuelan, and Mexican rhythms, funk, rock, and jazz. Poets La Bruja and Rich Villar kick off the evening with an electrifying set of the spoken word.

Seating is first come, first served, and gates open one hour prior to the performance.

Cost: FREE

Damrosch Park
175 West 62nd Street
New York NY 10023

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Harlem Jazz Series – Hilliard Greene Trio

August 7, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Hilliard Greene has been studying music for more than 30 years and has been playing professionally for over twenty. His emphasis is in classical, jazz, rock, blues, R&B, Tango as well as the music of other continents and US regions, and solo performances. He performs widely in the New York City area, and in major cities throughout the world. Greene performed and recorded with Jimmy Scott for 20+ years, serving as his Musical Director from 1995 to 2013. Greene also was Cecil Taylor’s Concert Master for his group “Phtongos”. Greene was in residence at Minton’s a.k.a. legendary Minton’s Playhouse as the house bassist. Hilliard Greene has recently formed The In & Out Band, a trio using jazz standards as a vehicle for free improvisation. Also, he is co-leader of the classical crossover ensemble ZigZag Quartet. Greene produced three CD’s with his own ensemble The Jazz Expressions, a solo bass CD entitled “Alone”, and co-produced self-titled ZigZag Quartet CD.

Featuring:

Hilliard Greene – bass, Queen Esther – vocal, and Sharpe Radway – piano

House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street
New York NY 10027 US

Jazzmobile – Summerfest 55 – Bill Saxton

August 8, 2018 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Bill has composed more than 80 musical compositions. Tunes such as “Beneath the Surface”, “One for Booker” and “Priorities” earned a three-star rating and critical acclaim in Downbeat and BeBop and Beyond magazines.

In Harlem, he also established himself as a bandleader of world-class musicians for over ten years being joined by Bobby Watson, Hilton Ruiz, Bobby Forester and John Hicks.

Bill rejuvenated a historical jazz landmark when he opened “Bill’s Place” in 2006. In 1927 during prohibition, the famous Swing Street, 133rd Street between Lenox and Seventh Avenues, was the after-hours hangout for Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Moms Mabley, Langston Hughes, and the like. The popular joint at 148 West 133rd, a speakeasy, was home to Willie the Lion Smith on piano and a place in Harlem, for little known, young Billie Holiday. This space is now alive and full of the spirit of the jazz of the past.

Bill’s Place is continuing the purist legacy of serious straight-ahead-jazz. Bill Saxton lives his African American heritage and represents Harlem at its best. He is Jazz.

Cost: FREE

Grant’s Tomb – General Grant National Memorial
Riverside Drive and 122nd Street
New York NY 10027

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JAAMBO – Harlem Jazz Series

June 8, 2018 – 7 pm

JAAMBO was created with all the infusions of African music from Mambo to West African and everything in between. JAAMBO is a collective of musicians from New York City, Trinidad and beyond with rich diverse cultural appetites. JAAMBO has appeared throughout the tri-state area, performing at Grant’s Tomb, St. John the Divine Church, the legendary Showman’s Jazz Club, and Harlem Stage.

Featuring:
Baba Donn Babatunde – percussion
Ronnie Roc – keyboards
Marcus Steele – steel pan
Richie Robles – bass
Mac Gollenhan – brass
Joel Cruz – winds
Michael Wimberly – drums
Arei Sekiguchi – drums

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 8:00 – 8:45pm

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $20

Greater Calvary Baptist Church – 43-55 West 124th Street, New York, NY 10027

SummerStage – Gregory Porter / Victory

Gregory PorterJune 2, 2018 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

While the sensational Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Gregory Porter cut his teeth singing and emulating his idol, Nat King Cole, he has a sound that’s all his own. In the past, he’s been praised by The New York Times for his unique approach to jazz, soul, and gospel. He’s joined by Victory, a once-in-a-generation talent who is a performance mainstay in Central Park, known for her blend of soul and folk that has moved the likes of Jay-Z.

Doors open at 7:00 PM.

Cost: FREE

Central Park – Rumsey Playfield
72nd Street and 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10021