Bird Calls
Celebrating Charlie Parker's 100th Birthday
August 28&29, 2020
American Jazz musician and composer Charlie
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The Woodlands
4000 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
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  • The Woodlands, Philadelphia

Program Info

Free admission with RSVP
All Ages


Bobby Zankel’s Wonderful Sound 4

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

Program Details

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

  • BYO Blanket
  • BYO Binoculars
  • Pre-Registration is required.
  • Please only RSVP if you intend to attend.
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Lead support for this program is provided by the William Penn Foundation.

Health & Safety

Ars Nova Workshop cares about the health and safety of our artists, audience, and staff. Please consult our health and safety protocols before attending this program.

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.

About The Woodlands

The Woodlands’ 54-acre undulating landscape is at once an 18th-century English pleasure garden, an active 19th-century rural cemetery, and a modern-day green oasis for the communities of West Philadelphia. Special COVID-19 admission guidelines will be in place to ensure a safe environment for all program participants and attendees at The Woodlands.

Admission Guidelines

  • 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 at The Woodlands 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 registered program attendees by email prior to the concert.
  • For more information visit The Woodlands website.


Should you require accessible entry or seating for this program, please contact The Woodlands at or 215-386-2181 at your earliest convenience.

Cover: American Jazz musician and composer Charlie "Bird" Parker (1920–1955) plays saxophone, 1954. Photo by Eliot Elisofon / The LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images