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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 ...

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News: Music Industry

Inspiration is a Two-Way Street

Inspiration is a Two-Way Street

As I mentioned here I've recently started to share what I've learned about getting my music out to a wider audience with my good friend Katy Bourne. Truth be told, I've been sharing things in a piecemeal fashion with my friends, colleagues and anyone who asked for as long as I can remember. I've always loved ...

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News: Music Industry

Jazz and Cultural Relevance

Jazz and Cultural Relevance

The idea of the cultural relevance of art is not new. In fact, I'd argue that all art springs from the need of the artist to say something about his or her relationship to the world. Its this relationship that makes us all unique, as no two people interact with or see the world in the ...

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News: Music Industry

Need an Electronic Press Kit? Make Your Own!

Need an Electronic Press Kit? Make Your Own!

As Ive mentioned before, Im in the middle of planning a tour for the Jason Parker Quartet. Were going out in May and Im busy contacting venues up and down the West Coast, from Vancouver BC to San Diego. I realized early on in the process that I needed an EPK, or Eletronic Press Kit. What ...

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News: Performance / Tour

13 Things I Learned at the Chris Botti Show

13 Things I Learned at the Chris Botti Show

I saw Chris Botti for the first time tonight at The Paramount Theater in Seattle. Thanks to my Twitter buddy Tim Lefebvre, who plays bass is Chris band (among others), I had KILLER 4th row center seats. Thanks Tim! The show was an eye-opening experience in many ways. I have heard all the talk about Chris, ...

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News: Music Industry

Grammys: That's Not My Music Industry

Grammys: That's Not My Music Industry

Watching the Grammy Awards tonight I was struck with one thought: they might call that the Music Industry, but that has nothing to do with what I do as a working musician. I have been a professional musician for 15 years, and it's been my sole job for 9 of those years. But whatever that was ...

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News: Event

Jason Parker Quartet Pays Tribute to Miles Davis, and Some Thoughts on Tributes

Jason Parker Quartet Pays Tribute to Miles Davis, and Some Thoughts on Tributes

Every jazz trumpet player in the world has some kind of relationship with Miles Davis. Love him or hate him, study him or eschew him, we've all had to deal with Miles in some way. He's that much of a giant. In a career that spanned 50 years, Miles was at the forefront of many of ...

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News: Music Industry

How I've Kept My Band Together for 3 Years

How I've Kept My Band Together for 3 Years

Recently I had two experiences that made me think about how fortunate I am to have a band that has been playing together for three years now. The first was an interview I did with Jason Crane for The Jazz Session, an online show focusing on in-depth interviews with jazz musicians. The second was seeing Chris ...

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News: Award / Grant

Inside/out Jazz Awards Celebrates Seattle Jazz!

Inside/out Jazz Awards Celebrates Seattle Jazz!

Lucid Jazz Lounge is proud to present the first “Inside/Out Jazz Awards at Benaroya Hall on Monday, May 31, 2010. The concept for the I/O Awards sprang from the same idea as Lucid--that the Seattle jazz community needs to build itself from the inside out. Over the last year plus, this is what Lucid has tried ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Come On Tour with the Jason Parker Quartet!

Come On Tour with the Jason Parker Quartet!

On May 6, the Jason Parker Quartet will hit the road for our very first tour! Were renting a van and spending 16 days on the glorious highways and byways of the Western United States. Well play 11 shows and bring our music to fans new and old from Seattle to San Diego and back (full ...


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