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.
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).