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ABout Matt Parker
A Fort Lauderdale, Florida native, jazz saxophonist Matt Parker connects the stylistic dots between Lester Young and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. At the age of 17, Parker visited New Orleans for the first time where he was offered a job at The Gazebo Café in The French Quarter. He played 10 hours a day, 6 days a week during the summer of 1997. Al Hirt invited the young musician to sit in with him at his club on Bourbon street and he also had the privilege to meet and speak with Pete Fountain and the great Ellis Marsalis. Most recently, Parker traveled to South Africa where he performed with the Cape Town Youth Choir, appeared in the Blockbuster film John Wick starring Keanu Reeves and began playing with The Mingus Big Band at The Jazz Standard in NYC
Parker considers his time playing with the great Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band as two of the most formative years in his development. "Learning from one of the masters every night, traveling the world playing concerts and festivals 10 months out of the year you learn a thing or two about the music." Parker can be heard on M.F. Horn VI: Live at Ronnie Scott’s. His love for jazz has not stopped him from expanding his musical horizons. For the last five years he has been an integral part of Danish transatlantic dance band HessIsMore, playing to many of his other strengths including clarinet, flute and analog synthesizers. Parker moved to New York City in 1999 where he has had the opportunity to work alongside musicians such as Junior Mance,Jane Ira Bloom, Reggie Workman and Charlie Persip."I've had the privilege to meet and perform for so many of my heroes like Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Stevie Wonder and Bebel Gilberto… Playing a sold out show with Ad Rock from the Beastie Boys was a real highlight.”
In 2013 he released his debut album of original music titled "Worlds Put Together" which includes a remarkable continent of players who are leaders in their own right, among them are bassist Alan Hampton, drummer Reggie Quinerly, guitarist Josh Mease, pianist Jesse Elder and his long time friend and collaborator saxophonist Julio Monterrey aka Youthfaire. It’s a band that navigates Parker’s classic-cum-modern style exceptionally well. Matt Parker can been seen playing in New York and abroad with a range of different ensembles: Matt Parker - Worlds Put Together (sextet), The Matt Parker Quartet and The Matt Parker Trio
“A warmly swinging showcase for his breathy, Ben Webster-esque flow,” said Time Out New York.
“It’s time to make the acquaintance of this rising star” effused Something Else Reviews.
Downbeat Magazine said Worlds Put Together was one of the Best albums of 2014 “Parker is restlessly inventive…This promising debut makes him an album-maker to keep tabs on.”
Matt Parker is a D'Addario Artist and
plays exclusively on La Voz reeds
Matt is an official endorser for TM Custom Saxophones
Otto Link 8* hard rubber mouthpiece
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