The New York Times has an article about the recent Charlie Parker Jazz Festival:
Few jazz events in the city are as community-minded as the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, which has run for 13 years and received City Parks Foundation support for the past three. Typically scheduled around its hero's birthday - Parker, or Bird, would have turned 85 today - it takes place in neighborhoods that figure into his life story. (Yesterday's event was at Tompkins Square Park, near Parker's East Village apartment.)
One of my favorite jazz writers, Francis Davis, has a lauditory review of the new Sonny Rollins album Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert:
Sonny Rollins's best album in nearly three decades is the healing force of the universe... no recording since his RCAs in the '60s has more faithfully captured Rollins's sound—on "Global Warming," the program's requisite calypso, his tenor saxophone is a steel drum and its spreading low notes shake your insides.
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