Jason Parker Quartet Tour: Day Ten, Los Angeles

by Jason on September 26, 2010 · 4 comments

in JPQ Tour

The Jason Parker Quartet hit the road for a two-week tour in May 2010. We were equipped with audio, video and cameras to document the whole experience. You can find all posts about the tour here.

Josh sure is friendly!

We began our last morning in Palm Springs the way we began each day at the Ace Hotel – poolside! We weren’t going to let one second of our last day in paradise be wasted. It sure was a treat to have time to relax and to have my lovely wife there with us.

But alas, all things must end, and we were wanted in San Gabriel (outside of Los Angeles) that night for a house concert at our friend Michelle’s parent’s place! We took our time getting out of the Ace. The combination of the heat and the late night partying at Gene Autry’s house left us a little worse for wear, so we checked out of the hotel but stayed to chill out at the poolside bar. There, my film making career was born when I caught Mrs. JPQ on camera. I posted that video a while back, which you can see here: Cat In The Hat.

After that, it was time for lunch. We found a random restaurant on the strip in downtown and settled in. As is usually the case, the conversation quickly turned very entertaining, so Darrah grabbed the video camera and started filming. She captured Evan in rare form, which you’ll see in the videos below…

Getting ready to hit it

We then made the short drive to San Gabriel. We arrived at Michelle’s folk’s place and were welcomed like family. After setting up and getting a little food and drink in us the crowd started to show up and we launched into our first set. By the second song we had a mosh-pit of 2-6 year old’s in front of us! It was hilarious. We were very well received by the adults too, thankfully, and had a blast playing. We were joined by my Twitter friend, saxophonist Charles Burns for a tune and he tore it up! It’s such a blast to meet and playing with so many Twitter pals on tour!

The JPQ with my friend Juvy

I also got to see my old family friends Juvy and Alquin, who made the drive from LA to catch the show. What a treat! They have been like part of our family for many years now and I don’t get to see them often enough. It was very nice of them to make the trek out to San Gabriel see us. Thanks guys!!

Here’s the video highlight reel from day ten:

Here’s our performance of “Love For Sale” from our House Concert at Michelle’s parent’s house, complete with kiddie mosh-pit:

I know I goofed on Evan in the highlight reel, but he had some very profound and beautiful things to say when Darrah interviewed him. So here is the whole interview, unedited. I call it “Uncovering the Love: A Schemata of Human Emotion”:

Whoa! Deep, cat. For more of Evan’s musings, check out his brand-new website.

And here’s our listening for the day with links to buy:

1. Jeff Buckley – Grace
2. Maktub – Khronos
3. Sphere – Flight Path
4. Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – Moanin’
5. Ben Allison – Little Things Run The World
6. Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Dave Hoffman September 26, 2010 at 10:54 am

Wow, what is it with bass players? So insightful, EFB! He reminds me so much of a former colleague and wonderful bassist who recently passed away, Bob Bowen. http://ibeambrooklyn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Bob-Poster1.pdf
Some of the same voice inflections and mannerisms. Good stuff, Evan.

Jacob Stickney
Twitter: jstick86
September 26, 2010 at 4:37 pm

That cat is so deep, I’m starting to save quotes from him.

Michelle Loretta
Twitter: sageweddingpros
September 28, 2010 at 6:11 am

HA! I love it! There’s my house! Such a great night with you guys… and the kids loved it… almost as much as the adults. AGAIN – a million thanks for giving us such beautiful memories.

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