'Charlie Parker Festival'

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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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