Robert Parker's Blurbs About me: Musician since age of 7. For me, music is a magic that has always been and will always be. To play is always a question of when, not if. I hear it when there is nothing going on. I feel beats during any moment of silence. I am blessed with a decent means to express some of what I hear. These days, I play piano primarily for my own enjoyment, although people pay me quite well to enjoy what it is that I MUST do. At times, I have tried to abandon my Art like a deadbeat Dad, but it doesn't last. Forever blessed with the curse of the "I've-got-to-play".
I have been a Session player(Country records and commercials), Studio Owner, Arranger (strings, vocals, horns) and engineer, in the mid-west, Country TV show picker, In 1979, I co-produced a Billboard to 100 Records Country Single (Don't Say No to Me Tonight).
Jazz Bass in High School, Classical Bass and Bass Horn in College. Gave up bass and returned to piano and organ primarily. Some occasional fusion stuff in the eclectic Iowa band; Midwest Express in mid 70's, (later to be renamed Dartanyan) We played some fusion stuff and R&B originals, put out an Album called Dartanyan (I'm told it still sells in Japan although I don't have a copy). It has a recording of a Bossa type tune I penned in Junior High called "Beyond Touch" if you happen to find it. Moved to the Ozarks to follow a career in Country Music (producing, recording, session work). Eventually I left and moved to Minneapolis where I met through my ex, the generous Peterson (Ricky plays with David Sanborn) family.
In 1982, I headed out to California to play with the original drummer from the Midwest Express (John G), in a Cover (jazz fusion) band in California, Purl. A talented group of players with marginal business acumen, but one of the funnest times I had had to date in life. Two members went on to play with Johnny Rotten Lyden (Bret) of Sex Pistols fame, and Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck(Jennifer Batten). Needless to say, the eventual path was that we all drifted other directions. I moved to LA and joined up with another new pal(Stan Jackson who has become the same as family) to jam and write for fun, but we later formed Jackson Blue out of Los Angeles with another talented younger writer (Stan Demand), having some radio airplay in I'm told 13 States (Life's Beat).