Jeff Parker (musician)

Jeff Parker (born April 4, 1967) is an American guitarist and composer based in Los Angeles.[1][2][3] Born in Connecticut and raised in Hampton, Virginia, Parker is best known as an experimental musician, working with jazz, electronic, rock, and improvisational groups.

Jeff Parker
Background information
Born (1967-04-04) April 4, 1967
Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
GenresJazz, experimental, post-rock, free jazz
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, drum programming
Years active1991-present
LabelsDelmark, Atavistic, Thrill Jockey, International Anthem, Eremite Records
Associated actsTortoise, (AACM), Isotope 217, Chicago Underground

Also a multi-instrumentalist, Parker has been a member of the post-rock group Tortoise[4] since 1996, and was a founding member of Isotope 217 and the Chicago Underground Trio in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and has worked with George Lewis, Ernest Dawkins, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, Fred Anderson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Joey DeFrancesco, Smog (aka Bill Callahan), Carmen Lundy and Jason Moran.[5] A prolific sideman, he has also released five albums as a solo artist: Like-Coping, The Relatives, Bright Light in Winter, The New Breed, and Slight Freedom.[6]


As leader

With Tortoise

  • TNT (Thrill Jockey, 1998)
  • In the Fishtank (In the Fishtank, 1999)
  • Standards (Thrill Jockey, 2001)
  • It's All Around You (Thrill Jockey, 2004)
  • The Brave and the Bold (Overcoat, 2006)
  • Beacons of Ancestorship (Thrill Jockey, 2009)
  • The Catastrophist (Thrill Jockey, 2016)[7]

with Chicago Underground Trio

With Rob Mazurek


F. Holt 2007. "Jeff Parker and the Chicago Jazz Scene." In: Genre in Popular Music. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.

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