What It Really Means To Be A Working Musician

March 8, 2011

As the title of this blog suggests, I pride myself on being a working musician. This year marks my 10th anniversary of making a living through my music and I couldn’t be happier with how my life has turned out. When I quit my day job in 2001 I had no idea what my life […]

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Pre-Order The New CD From The Jason Parker Quartet “Five Leaves Left: A Tribute To Nick Drake” Now!

March 1, 2011

I’m SO excited to announce the release of the new CD from the Jason Parker Quartet! Five Leaves Left: A Tribute To Nick Drake will be released digitally on March 29, 2011. The CD will follow in April. I couldn’t wait any longer to make it available, so you can pre-order both the download and […]

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And…Now There’s A Video! Jason Parker Quartet / Nick Drake / Jay-Z / Spekulation

February 17, 2011

“Can’t Knock The Hustle,” the first single from the “Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em” EP by Spekulation, available February 29th. “Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em” is a 6-track EP featuring instrumentals by Spekulation, composed entirely of samples from The Jason Parker Quartet’s upcoming album, “Five Leaves Left: A Tribute to Nick Drake.” These […]

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Jay-Z and The Jason Parker Quartet – Together At Last!

February 11, 2011

In a strange twist of fate, The JPQ may have just become the only band in history to have a remix released before the album from which the remake comes! I’ll tell you the story of how this came to pass. But first, click the “play” button below to listen to the track while you […]

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The Beauty of Collaboration

January 29, 2011

You know how sometimes you get a good idea, and you’re pretty sure it’s going to work well, and then it happens and works better than you could’ve ever imagined. I had just such an experience on Sunday when the Jason Parker Quartet joined author Karen Walrond on stage for a reading of her new […]

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Jazz, Literature & Beauty Meet on Twitter and an Event is Born!

January 18, 2011

Thanks to my lovely wife I had the pleasure of meeting photographer, author and all-around awesome woman Karen Walrond late last year. Within minutes of meeting she invited Darrah and I to her house for dinner and cooked us a HUGE pot of vegetarian Trinidadian curry. She and her family felt like old friends from […]

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Top 10 Seattle Jazz CD’s of 2010

January 3, 2011

The year-end lists are flooding in, and the jazz blogosphere is replete with best-of’s. I know I’m a little late to the party, but as I did last year, I thought I would put my own spin on this yearly ritual and shine the spotlight on the amazing jazz talent we have right here in […]

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Today Is The Day! The JPQ Heads Into the Studio to Record Our Nick Drake Tribute!

December 26, 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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We Did It! Woo-freakin’-Hoo!

December 24, 2010

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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Our Kickstarter Campaign Ends Today…Now’s Your Last Chance to Pledge!

December 23, 2010

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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