“Always beginning. Often perplexed.
Drawn to beauty and to the absurd.
I play piano, write songs, and take pictures of doors with my phone.” (Aaron Parks)
▶ ️ Monday 4 March 2019
Headquarters in Via Urbana, 49a
Participation fees: € 25 Saint Louis students; € 45 external
Credits for academic courses: 1/2 CFA
The pianist Aaron Parks is a jazz musician who came to the attention of the public during the period of collaboration with the trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Born in Seattle in 1983, he began playing the piano at a young age and moved to the Manhattan School of Music at 16. After completing his studies, in 2002 he joined the Terence Blanchard quintet with whom he recorded several albums, including some soundtracks for director Spike Lee.
In addition to playing with Blanchard, Parks has released several albums as a leading band, including “Invisible Cinema” (Blue Note, 2008), “Aaron Parks” (Nonesuch, 2011), “Tree structure” (ECM, 2003), “Find The Way”(ECM, 2017), for which he used Ben Street on double bass and Billy Hart on drums and was inspired in part (according to Parks) by the music of Alice Coltrane and Shirley Horn.
He also collaborated with the James Farm collective, saxophonist Joshua Redman and contributed to the albums of Kurt Rosenwinkel, Christian Scott, Gretchen Spoken, Ambrose Akinmusire, Kendrick Scott and Mike Moreno among others, Aaron Parks in concerto, Aaron Parks Master Class.