Over three evenings (Aug. 26, 27, and 28) at two completely different New York Metropolis areas (Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem for the primary two dates, Tompkins Sq. Park within the East Village for the third), the Charlie Parker Jazz Competition rolled out a memorable listing of artists for its thirtieth version.
Vocalist Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Drive—a 10-piece massive band—dominated opening night time, with ready help from faucet dancer Calvin Booker and mates. The next day’s lineup featured South African singer Vuyo Sotashe and his band; up-and-coming vibraphonist Nikara Warren; bass legend Buster Williams’ One thing Extra quartet; and trumpeter Terence Blanchard along with his E-Collective, joined by the Turtle Island Quartet. For Sunday’s finale, guitarist Pasquale Grasso, trumpeter Bria Skonberg, and tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana all took the stage, however the greatest shock got here within the closing set: an exceedingly uncommon trio efficiency by pianist Jason Moran, saxophonist Archie Shepp, and vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant.
Common JazzTimes photographer Alan Nahigian took in all three days of the pageant and captured the photographs beneath.
For extra details about the Charlie Parker Jazz Competition, which is a free occasion run by the New York Metropolis Parks Basis, go to its web site.