Jazz Pianist Chris Parker

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Date(s) - January 11, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm



New York jazz pianist Chris Parker returns for an engagement at KALA on Friday, January 11 at 8 p. m. Featuring Parker’s original compositions of Latin, funk and straight-ahead modern jazz – a multi-faceted composer, his tunes light up the room with bright and vigorous arrangements and inspired musical themes.

Known throughout the North Coast as beloved instructor at Clatsop Community College during an era when in-depth music studies were offered there, Parker, who was born in Portland, is longtime Professor of Music and head of jazz studies at SUNY Orange College in New York.
With a long list of original works Parker composes for everything from small jazz groups and chamber ensembles to full symphony orchestra. He heads his own group in NYC, and contemporary jazz icons Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Chris Vadala and Lyn Seaton have all performed with Parker’s band.

For this performance, Parker lines up top notch players from the Portland area. The quartet includes John Nastos on alto and soprano sax. Nastos, currently on the faculty at Portland State, maintains a busy performing, recording and teaching schedule around the Portland area. Nastos performs with the whos who of the Portland scene and has toured extensively with Dianne Schuur, and also toured with Esperanza Spaulding. Nastos is also the sax player on Parker’s latest recording Full Circle.

Kevin Deitz on bass is an active jazz and classical bassist, composer/arranger, educator, clinician and adjudicator. Performing professionally in a diverse medium of ensembles and orchestras, Deitz jazz performances include concerts with Mose Allison, Terrence Blanchard, Dave Brubeck, Herb Ellis, Dave Frishberg, Benny Golson, and Diane Shurr.

Drummer Adam Carlson is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a bachelors degree in Jazz Studies (Cum Laude). The youngest member of this ensemble, Carlson has logged hundreds of performances, toured with the Oregon Jazz Ensemble to perform at prestigious Euro jazz festivals, is a freelance musician, with numerous recording dates. He’s spent time in New York, working with many different bands, honing his ability to play many different genres. With a broad musical taste, he craves to play, “any genre that grooves.”

Friday, January 11, 8pm. Tickets $16. Doors open 7:15pm. KALA is located at 1017 Marine Drive in Astoria. 503.338.4878. Ages 16+ please. Advance tickets online: libertyastoria.showare.com. Pick-up will call tickets at KALA, at the door/time of show.