'Charlie Parker Festival'

Bird lived uptown and downtown, and this annual gathering brings jazz action to each. Today's dealio at Tompkins Square Park also unites vets and newcomers. Pianist Cedar Walton recently wowed a Newport crowd with his bluesy grace. Papo Vazquez's Pirate Troubadores outfit is a feisty working band that puts the trombonist's aggressive lines in the middle of an Afro-Caribbean rhythm web. Dred Scott's progressive piano trio never neglects the job of entertainment. Vocalists Jose James and Pyeng Threadgill share each day's repespective bills.
Sun., Aug. 30, 3 p.m., 2009

 
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