Jay Allen Sanford 6 p.m., April 26
Inception: San Diego, 1982
Influences: Ramsey Lewis, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, Oscar Petersen, Chick Corea, Joe Sample, Floyd Cramer, Glenn Gould, Emanuel Ax, Billy Childs, McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett
Based in North County San Diego, keyboardist Robert Parker is a graduate of the Drake University instrumental music program, as well as being an inductee in the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In a career spanning over four decades, Parker has played with everything from concert bands (bass horn) and orchestras (violin and double bass), to jazz, country, rock, R&B, and fusion bands.
Parker first earned local notice in the early 1980s with his jazz band Purl. Recent favorite projects include a series of recordings for Wolf Marshall in connection with his Guitar Signature Licks series for Hal Leonard Music.
In 2010, Parker was inducted into the Iowa/Midwest Music Heritage Hall of Fame.