From New York to Astoria
Jazz Pianist/Composer Chris Parker
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; John Nastos on alto and soprano sax, Kevin Dietz on bass, and Adam Carlson on drums.
Friday, January 11, 8 p.m. Tickets $16. Doors open 7:15 p.m. KALA is located at 1017 Marine Drive in Astoria. Full Bar. 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.