Connecticut born, JEFF PARKER is a guitarist, composer, educator, and “sculptor of sonic textures.” A founding member of the critically acclaimed and innovative groups Isotope 217˚ and Chicago Underground, he is also a longtime member of the band Tortoise. He has performed all over the globe, been recognized seven times by DownBeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll, named “Jazz Soloist of the Year” by the Chicago Reader “Reader’s Choice,” and acknowledged as one of contemporary music’s most versatile and innovative electric guitarists.
Jeff met drummer CHAD TAYLOR shortly after moving to Chicago in 1991, and they have had a sympathetic repoire ever since – in Chicago Underground, or in their many years as members of Fred Anderson’s Quartet. The fruits of their musical journey can be found on Parker’s albums Like-Coping and The Relatives, and, most recently, on the 2012 CD Bright Light In Winter, which received a 4 star rating from DownBeat Magazine. Bright Light In Winter has been called “elegant and understated…an airy, intoxicating trip” by Time Out Chicago and “sublime…a cohesive entity that is much more than just the sum of its parts” by All About Jazz. For this special concert at HPJF, filling in for regular member Chris Lopes, will be bassist and frequent collaborator JOSHUA ABRAMS.
Photo by Michael Jackson