Charlie "Bird" Parker

Bird Calls

Celebrating Charlie Parker's 100th Birthday

August 28&29, 2020

Featuring

Bobby Zankel’s Wonderful Sound 4

  • Bobby Zankel – saxophone
  • Sumi Tonooka – keyboards
  • Richard Hill – bass
  • Nazir Ebo – drums

Details

  • BYO Blanket
  • BYO Binoculars
  • Pre-Registration is required.
  • Please only RSVP if you intend to attend.

6:00AM – Birdwatching
7:00AM – Concert begins


Please join Ars Nova Workshop, The Woodlands, and the Philadelphia birdwatching community for a socially-distanced performance and bird watching event celebrating the 100th birthday of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker. Parker is one of the great innovators of American music, bringing the world of jazz out of danceable swing and into the harmonically and rhythmically complex music we celebrate. Parker’s nickname was “Yardbird,” or more well-known, simply “Bird.” On the 100th anniversary of Charlie Parker’s birth – August 29, 2020 – it is impossible to imagine the evolution of jazz and modern music in general without the indelible influence of one of the most important Black American figures in history. With the talents of Pew Fellow and West Philadelphian Bobby Zankel and fellow musical greats Sumi Tonooka, Richard Hil, andl Nazir Ebo, Ars Nova will be presenting “Bird Calls” as an early-morning concert on Friday, August 28, and Saturday, August 29.

Lead support is provided by the William Penn Foundation.

About The Woodlands

The Woodlands’ undulating landscape is at once an 18th-century English pleasure garden, an active 19th-century rural cemetery, and a modern green oasis for its neighbors in West Philadelphia. The Woodlands are fortunate to have 54 acres of space to host “Bird Calls”, and additional guidelines will be put in place to ensure everyone’s safety related to Covid-19 at this outdoor event. Below are key rules for this event.

Guidelines and Rules

  • Masks must be worn on site at all times
  • Social distancing is required at all times unless with members of your immediate household
  • Stable bathrooms will be available with extra safety precautions put in place
  • Guests can arrive by foot, bike, car or public transit. Event staffing at the entrance will assist with directions, and additional information will be sent to event attendees by email prior to the concert.
  • For more information visit The Woodlands website.

Bird Calls

Celebrating Charlie Parker's 100th Birthday

August 28&29, 2020

Featuring

Bobby Zankel’s Wonderful Sound 4

  • Bobby Zankel – saxophone
  • Sumi Tonooka – keyboards
  • Richard Hill – bass
  • Nazir Ebo – drums

Details

  • BYO Blanket
  • BYO Binoculars
  • Pre-Registration is required.
  • Please only RSVP if you intend to attend.

6:00AM – Birdwatching
7:00AM – Concert begins