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New York Cool

Those few end-of-summer warm-not-hot days are precious—and perfect for a mellow (and free!) outdoor jazz concert.

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  1. 1. 14th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

    August 26 and 27; various locations

    Each year, a great lineup of musicians (this year’s headliner is Chico Hamilton) remembers bebop’s pioneer sax man with festivals in Harlem and the East Village.

  2. 2. Lincoln Center Out of Doors

    Through August 27 at Damrosch Park

    The annual celebration of the blues has already played host to break-dancers, tap-and-music fests, and rootsy shindigs. Next up: performances by Sonny Rollins (August 27) and the octogenarian all-star Randy Weston (August 23).


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