Chris Parker is a multi-instrumentalist and music educator based in the Midwest. Growing up in Bloomington, Indiana, he attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and began his professional music career performing throughout the Midwest, then establishing himself in New York City. He has performed or recorded with Dave Stryker, Rich Perry, Scott Wendholt, Chris Potter, Jim Ridl, Tim Armacost, Charlie Ballantine, Jamey Aebersold, Frank Glover, Greg Abate, Jim Snidero, Monika Herzig, Rob Dixon, and many others.
Moving Forward Now
Drummer Chris Parker displays a wide variety of styles on this album of originals and covers. He’s with an impressive team that includes Dave Stryker/g, Luke Gillespie/p, Jesse Wittman/b and Jeremy Allen/b as well as various guests.
Clever ideas like a B3 combo with Steve Snyder deliver a hip take of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” as well as a lithe clarinet focus from Frank Glover on Rachmaninoff’s “Adagio Sostenuto” show Parker’s moods of flexibility. His brushes are deft on “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” and his own “It’s No Secret” with a velvety sax section which includes Jamey Aebersold’s alto in the mix. A four part “Then and Now Suite” has him freewheeling on “Discovery,” asserting himself with Rob Dixon on tenor and soprano on “The Process” and “Arrival” and getting into an advanced bop groove on “Enjoy the Process.” Strong sticks. - Jazz Weekly
Other Works and Collaborations
Moments and Fragments is #Bloomerangs sophomore album. The music featured in the playlist are all original compositions by its members. The album features Stefan Lenthe (Bass), Clay Wulbrecht (Piano), Chris Parker (Drums), and Rodrigo Cotelo (Guitar). Available Fall 2019.
Horizon Sunset’s music is an ode to endings that lead to new beginnings. It inspires to renew ourselves and pursue higher ideals to strive for while letting go. The sun setting is the sun rising at the same time. It sunsets everyday but not always are we lucky to witness the happening while contemplating the endless horizon unobstructed vision.