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William Parker

William Parker

William Parker

William Parker

William Parker

Halfling™ Bass Player

William Parker


In '95 the Village Voice characterized William Parker as "the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time." We are so proud that Mr. Parker plays a Halfling™ Pin Bridge Bass.


William Parker is a master musician, improviser, and composer. Born in 1952 in the Bronx, New York he plays the bass, shakuhachi, double reeds, tuba, donso ngoni and gembri. He has taught music workshops throughout the world including Paris, Berlin and Tokyo and the Lower East Side. Mr. Parker is also a poet, with three volumes published thus far: Music Is, Document Humanum and The Shadow People.


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.


Parker has composed 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.


As Steve Greenlee of the Boston Globe stated in July 2002, "William Parker has emerged as the most important leader of the current avant-garde scene in jazz." He is working in many of the more important groups in this genre, 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.


For more information on Mr. Parker click here to see his website.


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