December 2010

After years of planning and preparation, today is the day the Jason Parker Quartet heads into the studio to record our new CD, “Five Leaves Left: A Tribute to Nick Drake”! I am so excited to spend the next three days making beautiful music with my dear friends Josh Rawlings, Evan Flory-Barnes, D’Vonne Lewis, Cynthia […]

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Last night, our Kickstarter campaign came to a close. 148 beautiful and generous people stepped up to support us and our upcoming recording project and helped us raise 112% of our goal. I am filled with gratitude and greatly humbled by all of your love and support, and can’t even begin to tell you what […]

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After 38 days, our Kickstarter fundraising campaign is coming to an end today. For the last month we’ve been asking you to become a partner in our next recording project, “Five Leaves Left: A Jazz Tribute to Nick Drake”. I am thrilled to report that as of this morning 134 generous and beautiful people have […]

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We reached our Kickstarter goal! Last night at 8:47pm our 131st backer put us over the top! I can’t tell you how excited I am that we reached our goal and how much I appreciate each and every one of you. While that last pledge was a thrill, it was the combined effort of all […]

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In a classic cart-before-the-horse moment, Darrah and I were playing around with ideas for the Nick Drake Tribute Project CD cover yesterday, before the music is even recorded! I was inspired by Michele Khazak’s beautiful paintings that she did expressly for this project (which can be yours for a pledge of $250). They capture the […]

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The good folks at All About Jazz.com have graciously given me a showcase slot to help me spread the word about the Jason Parker Quartet’s new CD, “Five Leaves Left: A Jazz Tribute to Nick Drake”. They have recently started to partner with fan-funding sites like Kickstarter and Rockethub in an effort to help jazz […]

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I’ve been thinking about how precious our lives are recently. Many of us have a tendency to feel invincible when things are going well, but as soon as we hit a bump in the road we realize just how fragile life is. In these times, I am reminded that what really matters in life are […]

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The Jason Parker Quartet’s version of Nick Drake’s “Three Hours” is the download of the day at All About Jazz.com, the web’s biggest jazz site. The good folks at AAJ have featured our music before and we’re excited to have been chosen once again. Click here to download the mp3 for free. This comes at […]

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Today is my 43rd birthday. I expect presents. Lots of ’em. Big ones, small ones, medium ones. Presents wrapped in colorful paper and beautiful gift bags. Presents sent in the mail and delivered by hand. Presents that are hand-made and store-bought. And let’s not forget cake. And cookies. And cupcakes. And brownies. With frosting, chocolate […]

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“If good art is to remain good medicine for the human spirit, it must remain firmly rooted in our relationships” – Gerrit Verstraete Recently on the Nextbop website, editor-in-chief Anthony Dean-Harris wrote a piece called “We Are All In The Music Business Now, Apparently”. In it, he talks about the recent increase in Kickstarter fan-funding […]

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