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Helen S Kaman Rose Garden

Gene Bozzi with Jazz and Strings in Concert

Jazz and Strings (led by Gene Bozzi) presents "Charlie Parker with Strings" with guest artist Kris Allen.

    The mission of Jazz and Strings is to perform jazz music originally recorded by major jazz artists incorporating string instruments usually associated with classical music, in order to break down the barriers between classical music and jazz.

    Bird Lives! That was the famous, death-denying, Beatnik graffiti that popped up on subway walls all over the Big Apple after Charlie "Bird" Parker, the legendary king of bebop, died March 12, 1955.

    Now, thanks to the Jazz and Strings, the soaring spirit of Bird is alive in a concert that pays homage to the alto saxophonist/composer's celebrated  "Charlie Parker with Strings" albums. This Parker project recreates such classics from the celebrated Bird with strings sessions as "Just Friends" and "April in Paris" in a format uniting an Alto soloist with a rhythm section and a string ensemble of violins, violas and celli.

    Concert is FREE and takes place on the John G. Martin Foundation Stage, located on the Helen S Kaman Rose Garden Lawn.

    Rain date is July 29

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    Support for the 2021 Summer Concert Series comes from: 

    • The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation
    • The Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Fund
    • Musicians Performance Trust Fund
    • WECA (West End Civic Association)
    • Legrand