William Parker Launches New Monday Jazz Series At Quinn's, New Music Venue In Beacon, NY On October 7 at 8 Pm


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The new Beacon, NY music venue, Quinn's, is proud to announce a new series of jazz sessions taking place every Monday night beginning in October. Hosted and curated by local musician James Keepnews, this series will present the finest and most cutting- edge artists at work in the music today, both regionally and internationally. For these Monday night jazz performances at Quinn's there will be no cover charge, though donations for the artists will be requested and gratefully accepted. Each Monday night's session will begin at 8 PM.

To launch the series on Monday, October 7th, Quinn's is proud to present the legendary bassist and bandleader William Parker in a special solo multi-instrumental performance. By presenting one of the long-acknowledged major figures in cutting-edge jazz, Quinn's establishes a truly high standard for jazz presentation in the Hudson Valley and beyond.

The other artists performing at Quinn's in the following Monday nights will include:

October 14: Chris Kelsey & What I Say - local saxophonist/writer Kelsey and his band (guitarists Rolf Sturm and Jack DeSalvo; bassist Joe Gallant and drummer Dean Sharp) celebrate their new CD release The Electric Miles Project;

October 21: Tani Tabbal - the accomplished Hudson Valley-based drummer throws down in a duo with saxophonist Ben Newsome;

October 28: Bern Nix/François Grilliot - the celebrated guitarist in Ornette Coleman's original Prime Time band Nix performs with virtuoso bassist Grilliot;

November 4: The Moon - Brooklyn-based experimental duo featuring guitarist Adam Caine and drummer Federico Ughi;

November 11: Karl Berger - the great bandleader, vibraphonist, pianist and co-founder of Woodstock's Creative Music Studio in a performance with his wife (and also CMS co-founder), vocalist Ingrid Sersto and bassist Ken Filiano;

November 18: KMD Trio - improvisational ensemble featuring vocalist Maryanne de Phophetis, saxophonist/fluitist Ras Moshe and guitarist James Keepnews;

November 25: Ted Daniel & The International Brass & Membrane Corps - trumpeter/cornetist Daniel and group bring a contemporary reading to the New Orleans jazz of Joseph “King" Oliver, with Charles Burnham on violin, Joseph Daley on tuba and Newman Taylor Baker on drums;

December 2: The Exposed Blues Duo - vocalist Fay Victor and guitarist Anders Nilsson run the voodoo down with their rough-hewn fire, shaping a scorching new blues for the 21st century;

December 9: Rich Rosenthal Quartet - supporting their superb CD release Falling Down, one's the region's finest, most forward-thinking guitarists is joined by Chris Kelsey on saxophones, Craig Nixon on bass and Dean Sharp on drums

December 16: Harmolodic Monk - trumpeter/alto clarinetist Matt Lavelle and vibraphonist/percussionist John Pietaro honor the work and compositions of the late pianist and composer with their vigorous, 4D explorations of the Monk songbook;

December 23: Kali Z. Fasteau/L. Lee Mixashawn Rozie - extraordinary sonic explorations featuring Fasteau on keyboard, drum set, voice, ney flutes and mizmar and Rozie on tenor and soprano saxophones, flute and djembe.

Quinn's is located at 330 Main St. in Beacon, NY and will feature live rock and other music other days during the week. A website will soon be available at quinnsbeacon.com

About William Parker

“William Parker has emerged as the most important leader of the current avant-garde scene in jazz.” —Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe

“The most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time.”—Village Voice

William Parker is a master musician, improviser, and composer. He plays the bass, shakuhachi, double reeds, tuba, donso ngoni and gembri. He was born in 1952 in the Bronx, New York. He studied bass with Richard Davis, Art Davis, Milt Hinton, Wilber Ware, and Jimmy Garrison. He entered the music scene in 1971 playing at Studio We, Studio Rivbea, Hilly’s on The Bowery and The Baby Grand, playing with many musicians on the avant-garde school Bill Dixon, Sunny Murray, Charles Tyler, Billy Higgins, Charles Brackeem, Alan Silva, Frank Wright, Frank Lowe, Rashid Ali, Donald Ayler, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Lyons, Milford Graves and with traditionalists like Walter Bishop, Sr. and Maxine Sullivan. Early projects with dancer and choreographer Patricia Nicholson created a huge repertoire of composed music for multiple ensembles ranging from solo works to big band projects. Parker played in the Cecil Taylor unit from 1980 through 1991. He also developed a strong relationship with the European Improvised Music scene playing with musicians such as Peter Kowald, Peter Brotzmann, Han Bennink, Tony Oxley, Derek Bailey, Louis Sclavis, and Louis Moholo. He began recording in 1994 and leading his own bands on a regular basis founding two ensembles, In Order To Survive, and The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra. In 2001, Parker released O’Neal’s Porch, which marked a turn toward a more universal sound working with drummer Hamid Drake. The Raining on the Moon Quintet followed, adding vocalist Leena Conquest and the Quartet from O’Neal’s Porch. Most notable among many recent projects is the Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield. He has taught at Bennington College, NYU, The New England Conservatory of Music, Cal Arts, New School University and Rotterdam Conservatory of Music. He has also taught music workshops throughout the world including Paris, Berlin and Tokyo and the Lower East Side. Parker is also a theorist and author of several books including the Sound Journal, Document Humanum, Music and the Shadow People and The Mayor of Punkville.

He is working in many of the more important groups in the avant-garde and otherwise, some of the most prestigious being his own, i.e. The Curtis Mayfield Project, Little Huey Creative Orchestra, In Order to Survive, William Parker’s Quartet and other groups. Mr. Parker is one of the most important composers in our time period, he is also a poet whose words are beginning to be heard in various media: in print, in song and in his theatre piece, “Music and the Shadow People.”

From the beginning of his career Mr. Parker has commanded a unique degree of respect from fellow musicians. In 1972 at the age of 20, Parker quickly became the bassist of choice among his peers. Within a short time he was asked to play with older, established musicians such as Ed Blackwell, Don Cherry, Bill Dixon, Milford Graves, Billy Higgins, Sunny Murray, etc. In 1980 he became a member of the Cecil Taylor Unit, in which he played a prominent role for over a decade.

Mr. Parker has released over 20 albums under his leadership. Not surprisingly, most of his albums have hit #1 on the CMJ charts. In 1995 after years of obscurity as a leader, he released Flowers Grow In My Room, on the Centering label. This was the first documentation of the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra. This CD hit #1 on the CMJ charts and The Little Huey began to travel. They have performed in the Verona Jazz Festival and Banlieues Bleues among others. William Parker’s new Quartet has hit with rave reviews for both albums “O’Neals Porch” and “Raining on the Moon.” These releases and their success highlight William Parker as an outstanding composer and band leader. From the beginning of his musical career, William Parker has been prolific; composing music for almost every group with whom he has performed. His compositional skills span a range including operas, oratorios, ballets, film scores, and soliloquies for solo instruments. He has also successfully explored diverse concepts in instrumentation for large and small ensembles. William Parker is a poet, with three volumes published thus far: “Music Is,” “Document Humanum,” and “The Shadow People.”

“He (William Parker) is something of a father figure” stated Larry Blumenfeld in a New York Times article this past May. He has looked for and encouraged young talent and has been a mentor to some of the younger musicians. Most importantly, for Mr. Parker has been the workshops/performances for young people that he has conducted, both in the USA and in Europe. This has been for him amongst some of his most important work and greatest successes.”

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