William Parker’s 65th Birthday Celebration Concert Reviewed

William Parker

Source: All About Jazz.

To celebrate the 65th birthday of legendary bassist William Parker, the Painted Bride Arts Center, Ars Nova Workshop, and Bobby Zankel’s Warriors of the Wonderful Sound joined forces to sponsor a top of the line sextet including Parker in the catbird seat and Zankel at the helm. For those who don’t know about Parker, he is an outstanding bassist, composer, and band leader, who for many years has been a prominent force in the New York and world-wide experimental jazz scene. Socially conscious and deeply spiritual, he came to Philadelphia not so long ago to present a stunning original composition based on the Civil Rights Movement. Some of the same musicians participated in this birthday event.

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