Bio

William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City. He has recorded over 150 albums, published six books, and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists.  

He has been called “one of the most inventive bassists/leaders since [Charles] Mingus,” and “the creative heir to Jimmy Garrison and Paul Chambers...directly influenced by ‘60s avant-gardists like Sirone, Henry Grimes and Alan Silva.” The Village Voice called him, “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time” and Time Out New York named him one of the “50 Greatest New York Musicians of All Time.”

 

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Parker’s current active bands include the large-band 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. His recordings have long been documented by the AUM Fidelity record label and on his own Centering Records, among others.

Over the decades, Parker has developed a reputation as a connector and hub of information concerning the history of creative music, recently culminating in a two hefty volumes of interviews with over 60 avant-garde and creative musicians, Conversations I & II.  He is also the subject of an exhaustive 468-page “sessionography” that documents thousands of performances and recording sessions, a remarkable chronicle of his prolificness as an active artist.

He has been a key figure in the New York and European creative music scenes since the 1970s, and has worked all over the world.  He has performed with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Peter Brotzmann, Milford Graves, Peter Kowald, and David S. Ware, among many others. 

William Parker works all over the world but he always returns to New York’s Lower East Side, where he has lived since 1975.

 
 

Tour

07/13 - New York, NY - The Stone

8pm - Matthew Shipp residency with Daniel Carter

10pm - with Rob Brown

07/26 - NEW YORK, NY - Dizzy's Coca-Cola Club Jazz at Lincoln Center

7:30pm / 9:30pm -  William Parker Cosmic Mountain Sextet

07/27 - NEW YORK, NY - Dizzy's Coca-Cola Club Jazz at Lincoln Center

7:30pm / 9:30pm -  William Parker In Order to Survive Extended Breathe Ensemble

08/16 - NEW YORK, NY - THE STONE

8pm - Joe Morris residency with Hamid Drake

10pm - with Gerald Cleaver

08/17 - NEW YORK, NY - The Stone

8pm -  Joe Morris residency with Jason Hwang, Hamid Drake, Petr Cancura

10pm - with Gerald Cleaver, Fay Victor, Jean Carle Rodea, Hamid Drake, Petr Cancura

08/18 - NEW YORK, NY - THE STONE

8pm -  Joe Morris residency with Gerald Cleaver, Joe McPhee, Josh Abrams, Hamid Drake

10pm - with Gerald Cleaver, Taylor Ho Bynum, Josh Abrams, Hamid Drake

08/19 - NEW YORK, NY - THE STONE

8pm -  Joe Morris residency with Ned Rothenberg, Josh Abrams, Hamid Drake

10pm - with Jim Hobbs, Josh Abrams, Hamid Drake

08/20 - NEW YORK, NY - THE STONE

8pm -  Joe Morris residency with Tony Malaby, Hamid Drake

10pm - with Gerald Cleaver, Craig Taborn

08/26 - Mulhouse, FR - Météo Jazz Festival

William Parker / Hamid Drake / Pat Thomas

08/27 - London, UK - Cafe Oto

8pm - Pat Thomas & Orphy Robinson w/ special guests Hamid Drake & William Parker

08/28 - London, UK - Cafe Oto

8pm - Pat Thomas & Orphy Robinson w/ special guests Hamid Drake & William Parker & Cleveland Watkiss & Philip Achille

08/29 - LONDON, UK - CAFE OTO

8pm - Peter Brötzmann / Hamid Drake / William Parker Trio

09/06 - Sardinia, IT - Sant'Anna Arresi Jazz Festival

9pm - Peter Brötzmann / Hamid Drake / William Parker Trio

09/08 - Sardinia, IT - Sant'Anna Arresi Jazz Festival

9pm - In Order to Survive

09/15 - Amherst, MA - Music Recital Hall, Hampshire College

7:30pm - Steve Swell Quintet

09/16 - Hartford, CT - Real Art Ways

Steve Swell Quintet

09/30 - Toulouse, FR - Théâtre Garonne

8:30pm - William Parker / Oliver Lake Duo

10/01 - TOULOUSE, FR - THÉÂTRE GARONNE

7pm - William Parker Solo

10/08 - Baltimore, MD - An Die Musik

8pm / 9:30pm - William Parker / Eri Yamamoto Duo

10/14 - New York, NY - Trans Pecos

Painter’s Spring

10/28 - Ann Arbor, MI - Edgefest

William Parker Quartet

11/03 vienna, austria - Martinschlössl

William Parker / John Dikeman / Hamid Drake

11/09 - heidelberg, germany - enjoy jazz festival

William Parker / Sebastian Gramss Duo

11/01 Brussels, belgium - les ateliers claus

William Parker / John Dikeman

11/04 Villach, austria - venue tba

William Parker / John Dikeman

 
 
 

11/10 - Schwäbisch Hall, Germany - Jazzclub Schwäbisch Hall

William Parker / Sebastian Gramss Duo

11/11 - Darmstadt, Germany - The Jazzinstitut Darmstadt

William Parker / Sebastian Gramss Duo

11/12 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Venue TBA

William Parker / Sebastian Gramss Duo

 

11/13 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Venue TBA

William Parker / Sebastian Gramss Duo

 

11/16 - Ghent, Belgium - Venue TBA

William Parker / Sebastian Gramss Duo

 

11/17 - Berlin, Germany - Exploratorium Berlin

William Parker / Sebastian Gramss Duo

11/19 - Cologne, Germany - Venue TBA

William Parker / Sebastian Gramss Duo

 

11/20 - COLOGNE, GERMANY - VENUE TBA

William Parker / Sebastian Gramss Duo

 

11/24-11/25 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Buenos Aires Jazz Festival

Tony Malaby / William Parker / JT Bates

11/26 - BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - Bahia Blanca Jazz Festival

Tony Malaby / William Parker / JT Bates

 

11/27 - Cordoba, Argentina - Cordoba Jazz Festival

Tony Malaby / William Parker / JT Bates

12/09 - NEW YORK, NY - TRANS PECOS

Painter’s Spring

 
 

Music

As Leader

As Co-Leader

 
 

Books & DVDs

Scrapbook: Notes and Blueprints

William Parker - 206 pages

Available at

AUM Fidelity

The William Parker Sessionography

Rick Lopez - 482 pages

Available at

AUM Fidelity

Chile-New York-AfghanIRAQ

Jeff Schlanger & William Parker - DVD

Available at

AUM Fidelity

Who Owns Music?

William Parker - 148 pages

Available at

buddy's knife jazzedition

Conversations

William Parker - 445 pages

Available at

RogueArt

Conversations II

William Parker - 500 pages

Available at

RogueArt

Voices in the First Person

William Parker - 199 pages

Available at

Amazon

Giving Birth to Sound

William Parker & Renate Da Rin - 297 pages

Available at

buddy's knife jazzedition

 

Sound Journal

William Parker - 75 pages

Out of print

Music and the Shadow People

William Parker

Out of print

 

For booking and inquiries please email

info@williamparker.net