August 2010

I’m excited to take part in a wonderful charity event tomorrow at the Seattle Mariners game. The JPQ is playing as part of Operation Sack Lunch’s “Hungry, Will Sing For Food” campaign. We’ll be “busking” outside the home plate entrance to Safeco Field (corner of 1st Ave. S and Edgar Martinez Dr) and all the […]

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This past Friday, with the help of my amazing band, I fulfilled a long-time dream. After two years of scheming, planning and arranging, the JPQ debuted 8 new arrangements of tunes from Nick Drake’s debut album “Five Leaves Left”. Josh, Evan, D’Vonne and I were joined by our dear friends Cynthia Mullis on tenor and […]

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The Jason Parker Quartet’s Nick Drake Tribute show is on two days away! I’m so excited to debut our new arrangements of tunes from Drake’s album “Five Leaves Left”. I’ve been working on this project for two years and can’t wait for you to hear it! Today we rehearsed with Michele Khazak, who will be […]

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The JPQ had a blast on The Marty Riemer Show this morning. It was great to see Marty and Chris Mays, two of my old pals from my days at 103.7 FM The Mountain, and to meet Jodi Brothers at long last. Marty and Jodi got fired from The Mountain earlier this year, but that […]

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The JPQ is going to be the featured guest on the Marty Riemer Show tomorrow morning! I used to work with Marty at a radio station in Seattle and he was always one of my favorite people in the business. He and I have both moved on from that station, and now he continues to […]

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Listen to the song that started this project while you read on: Three Hours by Jason Parker Quartet I’m so thrilled about my next show with the Jason Parker Quartet. Our Nick Drake tribute project has been in the works for almost two years now and it will finally see the light of day! I […]

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Writing this post the other day got me thinking about all the reasons I love playing weddings. It was actually hard for me to narrow it down to a list of 10 reasons! I know many musicians who don’t like playing weddings. I’m not one of those musicians. Weddings make up a big part of […]

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My First Jazz Gig

by Jason on August 10, 2010 · 1 comment

in Gigs, Thoughts

This post is inspired by a post from pianist George Colligan about his first gig as a jazz piano player. George is a phenomenal pianist who has recently jumped into the blogging fray. You should definitely check out his new blog, Jazztruth. I mention the following tune in this post so I thought I’d put […]

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OK, so I didn’t actually pay their rent. I did book enough gigs that paid enough money for each of them to cover their rent for the month, however. Three wedding gigs, to be exact, two on Saturday and one on Sunday. Wedding gigs are the life-blood of my business as a working musician. Over […]

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