All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Chris Parker

Chris Parker

Born in Chicago, Chris was playing drums at age three and began performing his first professional gigs at eleven. At nineteen, Parker began recording and touring with blues great Paul Butterfield and broke into the New York studio scene in 1970, doing records, movie scores and filling the drum chair at Saturday Night Live.

Toph, as friends know him, recorded platinum, gold and Grammy winning albums and CDs with many artists, including the original Brecker Brothers, Bob Dylan, Cher, Donald Fagen, Ashford and Simpson, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Freddie Hubbard, James Brown, Joe Cocker, Salt 'n' Pepa, Stuff, Miles Davis, Patti LaBelle and Michael Bolton. He has toured with many artists; among them Boz Scaggs, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, Paul Simon and Ralph Mac Donald.

Michael Brecker recently spoke of Parker, in Modern Drummer Magazine, “...Like Harvey Mason, Chris (is) also a natural drummer with great musicianship and a strong feel for funk.” Also in a recent Modern Drummer issue, Tom Scott said, “ Chris Parker is one of the sweetest human beings on the planet.”

Movie Soundtracks:

Beat Street-MGM
Michael Collins-Warner
Bright Lights, Big City-MGM
China Girl-Artisan
Prelude to a Kiss-Fox
City of Industry-MGM
Prime Suspect-King
Doc Hollywood-MGM
Quick Change-Warner
The Emperor's New Groove-Disney
Searching for Bobby Fisher-Paramount
The Experts-Paramount
Something So Right-King
Steelyard Blues-Warner
Flirting with Disaster-Miramax
Striptease-Castle Rock
Garbo Talks-MGM
Grace of My Heart-Universal
The Untouchables-Paramount
The Warriors-Paramount
In Love and War-King
The Wiz-Universal
Two Weeks Notice-Castle Rock


Album Review
Read more articles




Shifting Paradigm Records


Full Circle

OA2 Records


Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.