William Parker Quartet; Thursday, May 16, 2013


William Parker Quartet
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“The most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time.” – Village Voice

At the forefront of an avant-garde cultural revolution, upright bassist/multi-instrumentalist William Parker takes his art very seriously. Parker’s unique approach encourages the cultivation of daring musical concepts such as ‘universal tonality’, which employs melodic, rhythmic and harmonic equality to free compositions from the limitations of an explicit key signature. Although not classically trained, he frequently bows his instrument to invoke rich, voice-like phrases. Parker’s enormous vision invariably drives band mates Lewis Barnes (trumpet), Rob Brown (saxophone) and Hamid Drake (drums) into brave new terrain with every performance.

William Parker is a son of The Bronx.  Born in 1952, from a young age he studied bass with Richard Davis, Art Davis, Milt Hinton, Wilber Ware, and Jimmy Garrison.  He entered the music scene in 1971 playing at Downtown NYC institutions such as Studio We and Hilly’s on The Bowery (which later became the punk rock Mecca of CBGB’s).  Aside from a notable stretch playing with the Cecil Taylor Unit from 1980 through 1991, Parker has cultivated a strong following stateside, as well as in Europe, and began his recording career as a bandleader in 1994.

The Village Voice dubbed Parker “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time,” so it should come as no surprise that he has collaborated with esteemed colleagues such as Ed Blackwell, Don Cherry and Taylor.  With twenty albums to his name, he has reached the top of the CMJ (College Music Journalism) charts and has played festivals and venues across the globe.  Parker is also a notable clinician and teacher, who has led workshops from Tokyo to Paris, from NYU to the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music.

Although generally labeled a “free jazz” musician, Parker incorporates influences ranging from opera to many pop music genres, with his Curtis Mayfield project – which re-imagines the Mayfield canon in a jazz context – being perhaps his most beloved endeavor, having put out three records over the past five years.  This Quartet date at Kuumbwa is sure to demonstrate the wide range of abilities Parker possesses, while driving home the notion that improvisation is the key to jazz.

William Parker Quartet

DATE: Thursday, May 16, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

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