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He may play in the roaring language of Coltrane, but if there’s a currently-active alto player who brings Bird’s verve and animation to the table, it’s Kenny Garrett. He’s part of the newly extended Parker Fest, which this year stretches to five days, boasting film presentations (The Girls In The Band), family concerts (Matt Wilson at the New School) and multi-artist weekend shows. Friday night at Marcus Garvey Park, Jimmy Heath leads his big band in a nod to the master. The next day at the same spot Garrett shares a bill with fellow saxphonist Jaleel Shaw, as well as hot-singer-of-the-moment Cécile McLorin Savant, and drummer Kim Thompson. Sunday’s show at Tompkins Square Park features veteran alto innovator Lee Konitz, who had his own way with Parkerspeak. Vocalist Sheila Jordan, trumpeter Christian Scott, and pianist Aaron Diehl round out the action.
Fri., Aug. 23, 7 p.m., 2013