Rebecca Parris was born in Newton, Massachusetts on December 28, 1951. She was born of a family of musicians and educators. Rebecca performed from the age of 6, mostly in musical theatre. Her parents encouraged her to pursue the study of music. She studied with world-famous vocal coach, Blair MacClosky (her uncle) and attended the Boston Conservatory. Rebecca started her professional career in music working with various top 40's bands in the Northeast. She found that she preferred singing jazz and embarked upon a career in the jazz world. Rebecca has performed all over the world with her own groups, as well as with some of jazz's greatest legends, including Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Terry Gibbs, David Fathead Newman, Norman Simmons. Harold Jones, Andy Simpkins, Gerry Wiggins, Bill Cunliffe, Red Mitchell, Buster Cooper, Nat Pierce, and many others.
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On You Don’t Know Me
, Parris shows her upbeat chops as well as her ballad finesse...Rebecca Parris continues an integral and important vein in jazz music, that of supreme interpreter. —C. Michael Bailey, allaboutjazz.com
Parris favors unembellished storytelling that, on the naked strength of its deceptive simplicity, reverberates with hard-won, world-weary sagacity. —Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times
Rebecca's vocal sound is mature and immensely satisfying; she delivers lyrics with care and affection, with wit and flair, and her phrasing is exemplary...,There is not an indifferent note on this exceptional CD and must surely bring Rebecca the international attention she so richly deserves. —Bruce Crowther, Jazz Journal International