This week, The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival kicks off, with performances and special events all over Manhattan. On Sunday, the stage at Tompkins Square park will host a number of jazz luminaries, including Gary Bartz, Amina Claudine Myers, and The Bad Plus. Kicking off the afternoon, however will be a new project co-led by trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, vibraphonist Joel Ross, and saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins called UNHEARD. Commissioned by the Joyce and George Wein Foundation with supervision by The Jazz Gallery, this project features the three young improvisers exploring the music of Charlie Parker and dealing with his continued legacy.
Before heading over to Tompkins Square Park at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday to see the show, check out O’Farrill performing in another Parker tribute at the festival—Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls, performed live in 2015.