William Parker Sextet
65th Birthday Celebration
Ars Nova Workshop, Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, and Painted Bride Art Center are thrilled to celebrate the 65th birthday of bassist-composer William Parker with an all-star sextet performance featuring some of the legendary free jazz bassist’s Philly-based contemporaries.
While Parker may be reaching retirement age, but he shows no signs of slowing down. The prolific and innovative bassist is best known for his tenure in the monumental David S. Ware Quartet, his stewardship of the long-running Vision Festival and his profound influence on the shape of modern jazz and improvised music. He and alto saxophonist/bandleader Bobby Zankel will lead a very special sextet featuring pianist Dave Burrell, violinist Diane Monroe, trombonist Steve Swell, and drummer Muhammad Ali, who last convened in 2015 to celebrate Burrell’s 75th birthday.
As Steve Greenlee of the Boston Globe stated in 2002, “William Parker has emerged as the most important leader of the current avant-garde scene in jazz.”
Heralded by The Village Voice as, “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time,” Parker has recorded over 150 albums, published six books and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists. In 2013 he was honored with the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in recognition of his influence and impact on the creative jazz scene over the last 40 years. His currently active bands include the Little Huey Creative Orchestra, the Raining on the Moon Sextet, the In Order to Survive Quartet, Stan’s Hat Flapping in the Wind, the Cosmic Mountain Quintet with Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, and Cooper-Moore, as well as a deep and ongoing solo bass study. He’s been a key figure in the New York and European creative music scenes since the 1970s, working with Cecil Taylor, David S. Ware, Don Cherry, Peter Brötzmann, Milford Graves and many others.
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