Garrett Harris 11 a.m., July 19
RIYL: Parker & the Numberman, Vokab Kompany, Room E, Mr. Ridley, Orko Eloheim, Black Mikey, Gaslamp Killer
- "Parker and the Jazzmen" · April 6, 2016
Influences: Public Enemy, 2 Live Crew, Black Mikey
Jack King, aka Parker Edison, came to local notice in Parker & the Numberman, a hip-hop trio also featuring Jamal Smith (aka 10 19), and Brandon Zamudio. According to the band, “The proclaimed college graduates would contribute to Negro advancement by grabbing the bull by the horns and leading the uneducated masses to the Promised Land. Du Bois dubbed the future leaders the Talented Tenth.”
Their EP Early was nominated for Best Hip-Hop Album at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards, and then the band (having become a duo) won Best Hip-Hop Album at the 2012 SDMAs.
Edison executive produced a 2015 compilation called Reclaiming the Community, featuring Aki Kharmicel, Odessa Kane, Tiny Doo, and others. In April 2016, Edison released his own Parker Meridien EP, produced by Mr. Ripley.
The EP was promoted with several live performances teaming him up with local jazz cats like drummer Nathan Hubbard and bassist Harley Magsino. “Halfway through this EP,” Edison told the Reader, “I told Nate how I wanted to do a live band for my stage show and started funneling the demo versions of my songs to him before they were even mixed. He’d get them and compose and arrange these completely different renditions with sheet music for Harley, who came on his recommendation.” A followup Parker Meridien album, Fists like Gotti, was released in November 2017.
- Parker Meridien EP