Lovelace, Charlie Parker Jazz Fest, Rollins' award (40362)

Okaru Lovelace

Talented vocalist Okaru Lovelace, who just returned from performing in Japan, will appear at the hip new jazz club the Moldy Fig (178 Stanton St., on the Lower East Side), on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. The trio will include pianist Kyoko Oyobe, bassist Ralph Hamperian and a drummer to be announced.

“Kyoko and I were hanging at Smalls and Fat Cat jazz clubs for a long time, and I am excited to have this gig with her and the group in this new, hip jazz club,” stated Lovelace. She will be performing jazz standards and original tunes

There will be an open jam session following Lovelace’s performance. There is a cover charge of $10. For more information, visit

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Hurricane Irene totally spoiled jazz fans’ anticipation of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in August, but it has been rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 23, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park in the Richard Rogers Amphitheater.

Due to the rescheduling of this event, the lineup has been altered and the usual two-day event has been consolidated to one day, as mentioned.

The lineup will feature Brooklyn-born pianist Kenny Werner. Werner’s first jazz recording was in 1977 and featured piano solos by artists such as Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. In 1981, he released his first album of original work, “Beyond the Forest of Mirkwood.”

Others rounding out the concert include saxophonist and multi-reed man James Carter, saxophonist Tia Fuller and the Gerald Clayton Trio. Clayton’s trio includes drummer Justin Brown and bassist Joe Sanders. Together, they are a creative force to be reckoned with.

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Sonny Rollins

Saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins, along with fellow recipients singer Barbara Cook, singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and actress Meryl Streep, will be honored at the 34th annual Kennedy Center Honors of 2011. The celebration and presentation will take place on Dec. 4.

“I am deeply appreciative of this great honor,” said Rollins, who turned 81 last week. “In honoring me, the Kennedy Center honors jazz, America’s classical music. For that, I am very grateful.”

The Kennedy Center Honors medallions will be presented on Dec. 3, the night before the gala, at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“These individuals’ collective artistry has contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world,” said Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein.

Other jazz artists who have been Kennedy Center honorees include Ella Fitzgerald (1978), Count Basie (1981), Benny Goodman (1982), Dizzy Gillespie (1990), Lionel Hampton (1992), Benny Carter (1996), Quincy Jones (2001) and Dave Brubeck (2009).

Rollins’ attendance at the gala will mark his second visit to the nation’s capital this year to collect a major award. In early March, President Barack Obama presented him with the National Medal of Arts.

On Oct. 10, the saxophonist returns to Washington for a performance at the Kennedy Center.