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Seattle-based trumpet/flugelhorn player and composer Jason Parker has been quietly making a name for himself as a first-call jazz, funk, R&B and rock musician. It was a visit from Dizzy Gillespie and band to Jason's elementary school that started him on the path to becoming a musician. Eight-year-old Jason worshipped at the feet of Dizzy for 30 minutes, and immediately asked his parents to buy him a trumpet. He played in jazz and rock bands all throughout high school and college, but put down the horn after graduation to focus on a career in radio. Starting on the midnight-6am shift at his college radio station in Los Angeles, Jason worked his way through better and better shifts in LA, Eugene and Denver, finally working his way to Program Director of a major adult rock station in Seattle

Five Leaves Left

Label: Broken Time Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Time Has Told Me; River Man; Three Hours; Way to Blue; Day Is Done; Cello Song; The Thoughts of Mary Jane; Man in a Shed; Fruit Tree; Saturday Sun.

NEWS: CONTEST

Announcing the Winners of the "Jason Parker - Five Leaves Left: A Tribute to Nick Drake" Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of the "Jason Parker - Five Leaves Left: A Tribute to Nick Drake" Giveaway

Richard Fahrner, Kelly Nicholson, Larry Gee, Gary Kattan and Wiley Isgrig, Congratulations! You're the lucky winners of the “Jason Parker—Five Leaves Left: A Tribute to Nick Drake“ giveaway. All About Jazz will contact you about claiming your prize. We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the contest and please visit Jason Parker's site for the ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Jason Parker Quartet - Five Leaves Left

Jason Parker Quartet - Five Leaves Left

The late British singer-songwriter Nick Drake is having something of a resurgence in jazz recently, kicked off by pianist Brad Mehldau's cover of “River Man" and now extending to this well executed album by trumpeter Jason Parker. Performing with Parker on this album are Josh Rawlings on piano, Evan Flory-Barnes on bass, D'Vonne Lewis on drums ...

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Enter the "Jason Parker - Five Leaves Left: A Tribute to Nick Drake" CD Giveaway

Enter the "Jason Parker - Five Leaves Left: A Tribute to Nick Drake" CD Giveaway

All About Jazz members are invited to enter the “Jason Parker—Five Leaves Left: A Tribute to Nick Drake“ giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on June 20th. Click here to enter the contest (Following Jason Parker at AAJ automatically enters you in the contest.) Good luck! Click here ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jason Parker Quartet: Five Leaves Left

Read "Five Leaves Left" reviewed by Greg Simmons

For its fourth album, the Jason Parker Quartet takes a sharp departure from its previous three efforts. Rather than simply cutting another solid straight-ahead quartet date, trumpeter Parker has added vocalist Michele Khazak, and multi-woodwind blower Cynthia Mullis, to reinterpret an entire folk-pop album: Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left (Island Records, 1969). Despite being far outside ...

NEWS: OPINION

Bryan Adams: 'I Feel Sad for Young Musicians.'

Bryan Adams: 'I Feel Sad for Young Musicians.'

Cake's John McCrea of and Bryan Adams must be friends. Earlier this month, McCrea said that music will be a hobby for most in 5 or 10 years. Adams is now echoing similar thoughts. “I feel quite sad for the young musicians coming up because they may never get to pay their rent properly... It doesn't matter ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jason Parker Quartet Releases "Five Leaves Left: A Tribute To Nick Drake" On March 29th

Jason Parker Quartet Releases "Five Leaves Left: A Tribute To Nick Drake" On March 29th

J&J Music announces the release of the new CD from the Jason Parker Quartet: Five Leaves Left: A Tribute To Nick Drake. The music will be released digitally on March 29th, with CD's to follow at the end of April on Seattle's Broken Time Records. The JPQ chose to pay tribute to the legendary singer/songwriter by ...

NEWS: OPINION

What It Really Means To Be A Working Musician

What It Really Means To Be A Working Musician

As the title of this blog suggests, I pride myself on being a working musician. This year marks my 10th anniversary of making a living through my music and I couldn't be happier with how my life has turned out. When I quit my day job in 2001 I had no idea what my life would ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

"Live From London Bridge Studio" Ep. 2 Presented by Jazz Now! Seattle Coming April 6

Jazz Now! Seattle & London Bridge Studio team up to bring you the 2nd edition of their new concert series and podcast recording, “Live From London Bridge Studio." Each show will feature two incredible Seattle jazz bands recorded live in front of an exclusive audience. The first show was a huge success. You can hear tracks ...


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