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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

More Music for a Free World

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Memories; Dreams; Reflections.

Welcome Adventure Vol. 1

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Majestic Travel Agency; Scintillate; Ear-regularities.

Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Majestic Travel Agency; Scintillate; Ear-regularities.

A Tribute to Alvin Fielder - Live at Vision Festival XXIV

Label: Mahakala Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Tribute to Alvin Fielder.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Matthew Shipp String Trio: Symbolic Reality

Read "Symbolic Reality" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pianist Matthew Shipp's String Trio reunites three familiar collaborators whose paths cross in multiple settings. Bassist William Parker and violist Mat Maneri complete a line-up unchanged since the triumvirate's debut By The Law Of Music (Hatology, 1997). In the twenty-plus years since that point, they have further cemented their standing in the jazz world as leading ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Tigran Hamasyan and lots of new releases

Read "Tigran Hamasyan and lots of new releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this edition of World of Jazz a packed show with new releases. After a series of highly successful and praised albums, Verneri Pohjola presents his fourth release on Edition Records, which incorporates influences of his last three sessions into one defined and beautifully crafted collection. With an exclusive release on Bandcamp, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Five Blokes at the Vortex

Read "Five Blokes at the Vortex" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode of One Man's Jazz features an entire full set of music recorded in March at the Vortex Club in London. Originally the gig was set for Louis Moholo's Four Blokes , but when the veteran drummer fell ill at home in South Africa, the band asked the fine English drummer Mark Sanders to fill ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp. William Parker, Gerald Cleaver: Welcome Adventure Vol. 1

Read "Welcome Adventure Vol. 1" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It takes all of fifty-seven seconds for Welcome Adventure Vol. 1 to move from what starts as of one of those gnarled but exquisite, corpse-like Matthew Shipp solo mind-opuses into exactly that but with some friends. Friends who want want to swing but in a just-out, avant way. It's where their heads are at the moment ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Matthew Shipp: Poetic Connection

Read "Matthew Shipp: Poetic Connection" reviewed by Seton Hawkins

It is difficult to describe the impact of pianist and composer Matthew Shipp without descending into hyperbole. A core figure in the now-legendary David S. Ware Quartet, a bandleader with a staggering recording output, a groundbreaking curator for the influential Blues Series of Thirsty Ear Records, Matthew Shipp has also more recently broken new ...


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