Bird lived uptown and downtown, and this annual gathering brings jazz action to each. Frank Wess’s warm tenor billows around Marcus Garvey Park; it’s a lush, Basie-built sound that’s slowly vanishing from the jazz vocabulary. Gary Bartz’s molten alto lines and Aaron Park’s piano pastiche make for a nice program mix. Vocalists Jose James and Pyeng Threadgill share each day’s repespective bills.
Sat., Aug. 29, 3 p.m., 2009