Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Parker, Rick (Richard Kayser Parker II)
Parker, Rick [Richard Kayser Parker II], trombonist, composer; b. New York City, NY, 19 August 1978. When he was 5 his family (father, Richard Parker b. 1945, mother, Patricia b. 1944 and brother, Steve, b. 1982) moved to Greenwich, CT where he grew up.
Rick began playing the trombone at age 12 and began studying privately upon entering Greenwich High School at age 15. He attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC where he received a B.A. in Economics, 2001.
While in college he performed every Monday at the One Step Down with the Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra, a group for which he also composed, whose other members/guest soloists included Andrew White, Grady Tate and Rene Maclean. He also performed in various salsa bands and with his own Quartet and studied with Matt Neise. During his 3rd year at Georgetown (2000), Rick spent a semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he performed with several big bands, eventually traveling with the Buenos Aires Jazz Band to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
After graduating from Georgetown, Rick moved to New York City to study for a masters in Jazz Performance at New York University (M.M. 2003). There he studied with Conrad Herwig, Don Freidman, George Garzone and Mike Holober; he also studied with Frank Lacy and Steve Davis outside of school. In New York he founded his sextet, the Rick Parker Collective, which has performed at Blues Alley, Knitting Factory and Kavehaz and recorded a CD. Rick also began playing with Ku-umba Frank Lacy Vibe Tribe and the Charlie Persip Superband and has performed at Birdland, the Jazz Gallery and the Kennedy Center. He was twice selected (2002, 2003) to participate in the Kennedy Center's Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program and was also named runner-up in the Eastern Trombone Workshop's National Solo Competition (2002).
Recordings and broadcasts:
New York Gravity (2002); One Too Many: Live at the Mardis Gras Dance Hall (1997); Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra: A Work In Progress (2000);
Several unissued trio/quartet performances with Sam Bar-sheshet, Tommy Crane, Thad Wilson, 2003;
Four live internet broadcasts by the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage of performances with Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program. April, 2002 and March 2003. http://www.kennedy-center.org/millennium
Works about Rick Parker excluding numerous CD reviews: "From Jock to Jazzman,"
Greenwich Time, by Lisa Chamoff, 9/12/2002. (article about Rick Parker)