Robert Parker

Robert Parker: Bass (acoustic), Flute, Piano, Violin

Genre: Jazz

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Synoposis

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

Background:

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.

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