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Dion Parson & The 21st Century Band

Audiences and critics around the globe are raging about the talents of Dion Parson & the 21st Century Band.

Parson has assembled a powerhouse ensemble featuring some of the world’s finest musicians. Many of the band members hail from the Virgin Islands. So, the 21st Century Band has Caribbean music in its veins, along with a mastery of American jazz.

Their innovative music is infused with elements of quelbe - the cultural music of the Virgin Islands - along with funk, reggae, calypso, mento, ska, Brazilian and even chitlin' circuit B3. The combo creates an entirely unique sound with a prominent, authentic island feel and high energy show that audiences love.

Their latest release, Dion Parson & 21st Centry Band; Live At Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola -Jazz At Lincoln Center NYC, Volume One was co- produced by Branford Marsalis, director of Jazz at the Lincoln Center. The group plans to release a new CD at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in June 2012 in celebration of Caribbean Heritage Month. Their sold-out performances at Lincoln Center last June garnered tons of rave reviews from fans and critics.

The 21st Century Band includes these amazingly talented musicians:

Grammy Winner, Band Leader & Educator Dion Parson is truly one of this generation’s greatest drummers. A Virgin Islands native based in New York City, Dion has toured and recorded with Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander, Diane Reeves, Gary Bartz, Lee Konitz, Ernestine Anderson, Donald Harrison, Terrance Blanchard, Geri Allen, Don Byron, Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Turre, Jon Faddis, Cyrus Chestnut, Ernest Ranglin, Nat Adderley Jr., Nicholas Payton and John Hicks, to name just a few.

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“Experienced through the band's bright rhythms and vivid tonal palette, the 21st century looks and sounds like the best time to live.” –The Wall Street Journal

“Parson has surrounded himself with inventive jazz musicians who also continue to maintain a healthy respect for their music's cultural roots and rhythms.” – Allaboutjazz.com

Primary Instrument

Band/orchestra

Credentials/Background

Dion has created an Mentoring/Teaching program, "Mentoring Through The Arts Of Music", which he has been running in the Virgin Islands since 2009. With the sponsorship of the Virgin Islands Lottery, Dion exposes kids and talented students to the instruments and musical styles of The Caribbean and Jazz through classes, Clinics and performances. This program will soon be coming to The Bronx, Brooklyn and Harlem in collaboration with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz At Lincoln Center.

Discography

St. Thomas

St. Thomas

Self Produced
2015

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People Music

People Music

Tahmun Records
2006

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Dion Parson & Ron Blake: 21st Century

Dion Parson & Ron...

Tahmun Records
2000

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St. Thomas

St. Thomas

Dion Parson & The 21st Century Band
St. Thomas

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