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Aaron Parks


Pianist Aaron Parks is a forward-thinking jazz musician who came to the public's attention during his time with trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Born in Seattle, Washington, Parks began playing piano at a young age and by the time he was 14 had enrolled in an early entrance degree program at the University of Washington.

Originally, Parks pursued both science and music degrees; however, his prodigious talent won out and by age 16 he had transferred to the Manhattan School of Music. While there, he studied with noted pianist Kenny Barron and received several competitive accolades, including being named the 2001 Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association.


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2024 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2024 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Twenty years is a remarkable milestone for any activity, let alone one that comes with the wear and tear of a high-profile jazz festival that every year strives to up its own ante, like the Winter JazzFest. From January 11 to 18, 2024, fans, musicians, promoters and other industry people from around the world ...


Where Are We

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: After Minneapolis (face toward mo[u]rning); Streets Of Philadelphia; Chicago Blues; Baltimore; By The Time I get To Phoenix; Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?; Manhattan; My Heart In San Francisco (Holiday); That’s New England; Alabama (Intro); Stars Fell On Alabama; Alabama; Where Are You?.


Undercover: Live At The Village Vanguard

Label: Heartcore Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Cycle Five; The Past Intact; Solé; Our Secret World; Music; Undercover.


Article: 72 Jazz Thrillers

The Most Exciting Jazz Albums Since 1969: 2017-2020

Read "The Most Exciting Jazz Albums Since 1969: 2017-2020" reviewed by Robert Middleton

As we start to wind down to the 72nd jazz thriller, in our penultimate collection of half a dozen jazz thrillers this week, it becomes clear that brilliant, compelling music comes in all shapes and sizes. From an understated quartet from Germany to an Aaron Parks masterpiece, all of these albums deserve a place in the ...


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Micah Thomas: Reveal

Read "Reveal" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

«Micah Thomas ha uno stile unico --ha detto Fred Hersch-e tutti gli strumenti necessari per dare un contributo importante al mondo del pianoforte jazz». Per Aaron Parks «è uno dei musicisti più eccitanti della sua generazione». Non sono parole di circostanza. Dopo il debutto a suo nome con l'album Tide, inciso nel 2020 a soli ...


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October 2023: An Improvised Paradise

Read "October 2023: An Improvised Paradise" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel

The Angelica Sanchez Nonet Nighttime Creatures Pyroclastic Records 2023 One rarely gets to hear the contra-alto clarinet--an instrument mainly developed in the 20th century with a range extending downwards to the lower E-flat (concert G-flat), sometimes even a D or a C. On the introductory title cut of Nighttime Creatures, however, ...


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Gretchen Parlato: Turning Into Blue

Read "Gretchen Parlato: Turning Into Blue" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


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Joshua Redman: Where Are We

Read "Where Are We" reviewed by Dave Linn

After graduating from Berkeley High School in 1986, Joshua Redman (son of jazz legend Dewey Redman) won a full scholarship to Harvard, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1991. He was accepted at Yale Law School to become a lawyer. Instead, he embarked on a musical career which quickly turned luminous. He won the Thelonious ...


Article: Album Review

Kurt Rosenwinkel: Undercover: Live At The Village Vanguard

Read "Undercover: Live At The Village Vanguard" reviewed by Chris May

Kurt Rosenwinkel records in a variety of situations, either from inclination or to keep himself and his audience fresh or both. In 2022 alone, he released three unusually diverse albums: Plays Piano, a solo outing on which he plays piano only; The Chopin Project, a co-led disc with pianist Jean-Paul Brodbeck exploring the work of Frederic ...


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