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William Parker


William Parker is a musician, improviser, composer, educator, and author. He plays the bass, shakuhachi, double reeds, tuba, donso ngoni and gembri. Born in 1952 in the Bronx, New York, he studied bass with Richard Davis, Art Davis, Milt Hinton, Wilber Ware, Jimmy Garrison, and Paul West. During Parker’s prolific career, he has recorded over 150 albums, had countless celebrated stage appearances, and helped shaped the jazz scene for both his peers and the youth. In 2013, Parker received the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in recognition of his influence and impact on the creative jazz scene over the last 40 years. William entered the music scene in 1971, playing at Studio We, Studio Rivbea, Hilly’s on The Bowery, and The Baby Grand


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William Parker, Kimura/Guy/Hemingway & Frank London

Read "William Parker, Kimura/Guy/Hemingway & Frank London" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There are some shiny new trio albums highlighting this edition of One Man's Jazz that are well worth checking out. Bassist William Parker, keyboardist & instrument inventor Cooper-Moore and drummer Hamid Drake have played together in all manner of situations but they've never recorded as a trio; the new Heart Trio rectifies that, although don't expect ...


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Ivo Perelman/ Matthew Shipp Duo, Simon Nabatov & Orchestra Nazionale Della Luna

Read "Ivo Perelman/ Matthew Shipp Duo, Simon Nabatov & Orchestra Nazionale Della Luna" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The prolific saxophonist Ivo Perelman continues to release excellent recordings at a staggering pace. I think it's six so far in 2024. Perelman is now into another phase of making duo albums and the latest with long-time collaborator pianist Matthew Shipp is stunning, The two giants of improvisation create as one. Highly recommended. I confess to ...


Article: Jazz Raconteurs

Patricia Nicholson Parker: A Disciplined Disregard for Traditional Boundaries

Read "Patricia Nicholson Parker: A Disciplined Disregard for Traditional Boundaries" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Patricia Nicholson Parker is a dancer, poet, and organizer of movement, music and causes. She is the founder and executive director of Arts for Art (AFA) and the Vision Festival. Entering its 27th year when this interview was conducted, the Vision Festival celebrates free jazz in all its forms, with a focus on equity, diversity and ...


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Marshall Allen: A Century of Joyful Noise

Read "Marshall Allen: A Century of Joyful Noise" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Marshall Allen turned 100 years old on May 25, 2024. Back in 1995, when Allen inherited the leadership of the Sun Ra Arkestra at the age of 71, you would have got pretty good odds that he would not be holding the chair nearly thirty years hence. But the cosmology of the Sun Ra Arkestra, and ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jason Robinson, Borderlands Trio & Farewell Taint Radio

Read "Jason Robinson, Borderlands Trio & Farewell Taint Radio" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This edition of One Man's Jazz is the final one for taintradio.org, as Taint Radio closed operations on April 30th. One of the longest-running internet jazz stations, Taint Radio had a great run: 15+ years of independently programmed music, streaming 24/7 and absolutely no commercials. Major props go to radio veteran Bob Rogers who was Taint ...


Article: Jazz Raconteurs

James Brandon Lewis: Jazz, Spirituality, and the Art and Science of Musical Abstraction

Read "James Brandon Lewis: Jazz, Spirituality, and the Art and Science of Musical Abstraction" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

The contemporary jazz world is currently witnessing an artistic renaissance, characterized by an upsurge in creativity and innovation. This movement is fueled in part by rising stars such as Joel Ross, Immanuel Wilkins, and Isaiah Collier, as well as seasoned veterans like Charles Lloyd, David Murray, William Parker, Joe Lovano, and Bill Frisell, whose creative passion ...


Article: Album Review

Matthew Shipp: New Concepts in Piano Trio Jazz

Read "New Concepts in Piano Trio Jazz" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jazz fans are much like baseball geeks; they collect facts and statistics. The baseball fan will know a player's numbers such as on base percentage, at bats, home runs and stolen bases, whereas the jazz fan, maybe better said the jazz fanatic, will note recording dates and lineups, titles, releases and recording engineers. The baseball fan ...


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All New Releases From Ephemeris, Science Friction, Toine Thys Orlando, And More

Read "All New Releases From Ephemeris, Science Friction, Toine Thys Orlando, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

All new releases from Ephemeris, Tim Berne Science Friction, Toine Thys Orlando, Dun-Dun Band, Ellie Lee, Håkon Skogstad, Francisco Mela featuring Leo Genovese and William Parker, Dan Weiss, Sam Wilson, and, Paul Dunmall with Paul Rogers and Mark Sanders.Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Ephemeris “Gnomon" from Ephemeris (Marsken Records) 00:53 Tim Berne Science Friction “Deadbeat ...


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Ivo Perelman, Chad Fowler, Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille: Embracing the Unknown

Read "Embracing the Unknown" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Since founding Mahakala Music in 2019, saxophonist Chad Fowler has done as much as anyone to continue the spirit of unfettered free jazz, drawing on an illustrious roster which includes veterans such as William Parker, Matthew Shipp, Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman and many others, with Fowler himself frequently appearing alongside them. The label is also doing ...


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