The Weekend – The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2015

Founded in memoriam of beloved jazz musician Charlie Parker, this festival annually attracts thousands of fans to two historic parks in Manhattan. The festival will kick off the first of its three days on August 21st in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, blocks from the famous jazz clubs where Parker graced the stage, and move to Tompkins Square Park in the East Village on Sunday, just across the street from the late Parker’s apartment.

In the words of Miles Davis, “You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker.” Almost sixty years after his passing, Parker is celebrated and credited for his contribution to modern music through rhythmically and melodically complex solos and his creation of the bebop sound. The acts in this year’s festival will offer a wide range of performances reflective of Parker’s music and of the ever-changing genre of jazz. From Dr. Lonnie Smith to Myra Melford, this year’s lineup will feature both jazz veterans and up-and-coming stars alike.

For more info: The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

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Casting Call – Get Down With The Get Down

The Get Down - Netflix - Casting Call

Understand this: In 2016, everybody will be buzzing about The Get Down by visionary director Baz Luhrmann. The Get Down delves into the cultural and social milieu of the Bronx in the early 70’s when hip-hop was in it’s infancy. You have a chance to be a part of history.

Grant Wilfley Casting is seeking men and women 18-years-old and up to portray African American and Latino teens and young adults. Since the show takes place in the 1970’s, hair is very important, the show is looking for people with at least 1.5-2 inches of hair growth on men, and natural non-processed hair for women. AFROS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED! A wardrobe fitting is required for our show, but it is paid. The day of work will also be paid! This is for continuous work from now to December.

Email current photos and phone number to getdown@gwcnyc.com with the SUBJECT LINE reading: Uptown Collective, Name, Union Status, and Phone Number. Please note height, weight, and clothing sizes in the body of the email.

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#InstagramUptown: Words are but pictures of our thoughts…

Words are but pictures of our thoughts.

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Uptown Video: Room 28 – PSA: DRUGS

Check out the first of three Room 28 PSA’s. In this one they tell you what to do when someone offers you drugs.

For more: http://WhatIsRoom28.com

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Indiegogo Spotlight: Re-open Revolution Books NYC in Harlem

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The Revolution Books story

Revolution Books has signed a lease for a new storefront and is making a big move to Harlem. Now the fight is on to ensure that the most radical bookstore on the planet re-opens in September. Donations to this $30,000 Indiegogo drive will go towards the immediate expenses of renovating the new space at 437 Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue). This Indiegogo campaign is part of Revolution Books’ larger multi-pronged $150,000 emergency fundraising effort, which includes reaching out to people with more money for big donations, and organizing fundraising events.

Already, hundreds of friends of RB have made donations of $5 to $5000. But re-opening Revolution Books depends on hundreds more contributing. You. Be part of saving this unique bookstore that is at the center of the movement for revolution. This is about changing everything.

Support Here: Indiegogo Spotlight: Re-open Revolution Books NYC in Harlem

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