photo by: Javier Oddo

MATT PARKER – SAXOPHONIST and COMPOSER

I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Fl, and began playing music at the age of 14. When I was 17, I visited New Orleans for the first time where I was offered a job, which I took, playing Dixieland music 10 hours a day, six days a week at The Gazebo, a restaurant, and bar next to the French Market. Older musicians (these guys were in there 60s and 70s) in the band introduced me to such musical luminaries as Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, and Ellis Marsalis. After returning to finish my senior year of high school, I transferred and graduated from New Worlds School of the Arts. In 1999 I moved to New York City where I had the opportunity to play with musicians such as Phil Woods, Jane Ira Bloom, Reggie Workman, Charlie Persip, Junior Mance and many others while attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Before graduating, I left college to join Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band, touring in the U.S. and abroad for two years. It might be hard to find, but you can hear a very young version of me playing on the band's M.F. Horn VI: Live at Ronnie Scott's. I'd say my time playing with the great Maynard Ferguson "Boss" were two of the most formative years in my musical development.

In 2013 I released my debut album Worlds Put Together (BYNK Records) which has received rave reviews. "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 gave the album four stars and said "Parker is restlessly inventive…This promising debut makes him an album-maker to keep tabs on."

In 2016 I released my second album titled Present Time - Matt Parker Trio (BYNK Records) featuring longtime collaborators Reggie Quinerly on drums and Alan Hampton on bass. Downbeat gave it 4 ½ stars adding it to their 2016 Best Albums. You can also find some nice things in a JAZZIZ feature piece for their summer 2016 issue.

I've gotten to travel to South Africa where I performed with the Cape Town Youth Choir, appeared in and record for the Blockbuster film John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, have played with The Mingus Big Band at The Jazz Standard in NYC and have toured with Postmodern Jukebox.

Currently, I'm working as the musical director for Duane Park, a New York City supper club that specializes in live music and burlesque. As a composer and producer, I'm a featured artist for Shutterstock Music as well as Premiumbeat Music.

Check out MORE MATT to see some of the great projects I'm part of in more depth.

Thank you for taking the time to visit mattparkermusic.com and hope to see you out in the real world soon.

All the best, Matt

Recording Credits

Enoch Smith Jr. - To Houston, With Love (2018)

Hess is More - 80 Years (2017)

Postmodern Jukebox - The New Classics (Recorded Live!) (2017)

Richard X Bennett - Experiments with Truth (2017)

Reggie Watkins - Avid Admirer (2016)

2s and 4s - Twos and Fours (2015)

John Wick soundtrack, Evil Man Blues (The Candy Shop Boys) (2014) Lionsgate

Reggie Watkins - One For Miles, One For Maynard (2014)

Hess Is More - MYHEADISABALLROOM/WHONEEDSAPALACEANYWAY (2014)

The Candy Shop Boys – Sugar Foot Stomp (2013)

Reggie Quinerly – Music Inspired by Freedmantown (2012)

Hess is More – Creation Keeps the Devil Away (2011)

Billy Fox – Dulces (2009)

Elizabeth and the Catapult – Taller Children (2009)

Maynard Ferguson – M.F. Horn VI: Live At Ronnie’s (2006)

Matt Parker and Craig Handy playing the tenor chairs in the Mingus Big Band. Both are official endorsers for TM Custom Saxophones

Matt endorses

TM Custom Saxophones

D’Addario Reed and ligatures

Set Up

Plays a TM Custom silver lacquered tenor saxophone

Drake 10* hard rubber mouthpiece

La Voz med reeds