Seattle-based trumpet/flugelhorn player and composer Jason Parker has been quietly making a name for himself as a first-call jazz, funk, R&B and rock musician. It was a visit from Dizzy Gillespie and band to Jason's elementary school that started him on the path to becoming a musician. Eight-year-old Jason worshipped at the feet of Dizzy for 30 minutes, and immediately asked his parents to buy him a trumpet. He played in jazz and rock bands all throughout high school and college, but put down the horn after graduation to focus on a career in radio. Starting on the midnight-6am shift at his college radio station in Los Angeles, Jason worked his way through better and better shifts in LA, Eugene and Denver, finally working his way to Program Director of a major adult rock station in Seattle. After winning the prestigious Gavin Award for A3 Major Market Program Director of the Year, Jason walked away from his promising career to turn his attention back to the horn.
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The next generation of Seattle Jazz. --Earshot Jazz
The Jason Parker Quartet re-defines traditional Jazz. --Gene Stout, Seattle Post-Intellegencer
Swinging and spontaneous while remaining tightly orchestrated.
--Hot House Jazz
The Jason Parker Quartet applies just the right amount of intensity, leaving plenty of room for beauty.
--Marc Myers, JazzWax
What a killing group!
Jazz with its feet firmly in the present
Shockingly, unwittingly dance-in-your-kitchen good