Pianist and composer Aaron Parks is 24 years old--and he started college 11 years ago. A child prodigy who entered the University of Washington at age 13 as a triple major in math, computer science and music, Parks quickly found that music was his true calling. Now, after a five-year stint with trumpeter Terence Blanchard, Parks is set to release his Blue Note debut, Invisible Cinema
. The album, which hits stores on August 19, 2008, is a tour de force of composition, imagination and performance.
Jason Crane, AAJ Contributor and host of The Jazz Session, spoke at length with Parks about his rapid rise and the making of Invisible Cinema. Check out Aaron Parks: Structured Freedom today.
In addition to Jason's interview, AAJ is ramping up the coverage on Parks today with a number of additional features:
- Listen to Nemesis," a complete track from Invisible Cinema, today's Daily Download.
- Watch Parks performing with Terence Blanchard, today's Daily Video.
- In addition to AAJ Contributor J Hunter's insightful review of Invisible Cinema, published on August 12, read Managing Editor John Kelman's new review, available here.
- Listen to Jason speak with Parks on the latest installment of The Jazz Session.
Be sure to check out all of AAJ's coverage on Aaron Parks. Interview, podcast, download, video and CD reviews - AAJ is the place to find out all there is to know about this exciting young artist and Invisible Cinema.