Michael Parlett

Michael Parlett

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandJazzLatin

Funk, Smooth Jazz, Soul RnB and Gospel. Mike's music is highly entertaining. He captivates his audience and keeps them riveted to their seats or up on their feet dancing with his singing and playing. The music takes on so many different genres so there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Biography

Biography of
Michael J. Parlett
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Mike Parlett’s smooth, and skillfully moving, saxophone sounds made him a popular mainstream contemporary jazz artist in the UK’s jazz and gospel circuits in the 90’s. For over twenty years, Mike performed and recorded with many top artists around the world, eventually releasing his own “sold out” cd in 2005 titled “Waiting on You.” From 1996 through 1997, Mike performed as band leader at top venues from London to Dubai, such as Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Jazz Café, café Royal and many other establishments both in the UK and internationally. Throughout the 90’s, he played alongside some of the world’s biggest names, people such Roy Ayers, Lulu, The Jones Girls, Take That, Jazz Africa, Simply Red and M People.

His music – anchored in African American jazz and gospel – along with his musical training bestowed him the reputation of being a “serious” jazz artist among many of the music greats, such as George Duke, Peabo Bryson, Jeff Lorber and Najee. At his performances, Mike’s sheer love and enjoyment of his craft has been often observed as he captivates his audience, taking his listeners into an atmosphere charged with musical genius and gifted instrumentation. It has been commented by listeners that when Mike plays there is an invisible but tangible element to his sound that touches the heart and soul, making it an experience that goes beyond his ability to make his saxophone sing in perfect pitch and tone. All of this has made Mike one of the most accomplished jazz artist of this decade, and as he continues to trail blaze his way to the top of the American and international music industries alike, he is making an indelible mark as one of the musical greats of this new millennium.

Music Profile
Mike’s passion to be a musician was so great that he left his good paying job in Accountancy to play in the underground subway stations in London, getting little or no pay for his music. People said he was crazy but on hearing him play, he would get hired for sessions and gigs. He would play with jazz backing tracks and eventually began to make a good living from what he was doing.

“I took up the saxophone after listening to my heroes David Sanborn and Grover Washington Jr. I used to go and 'hang out' at jam sessions and played with some amazing musicians there and in the Church where I received most of my training together with playing alongside other more established singers and musicians at concerts and functions.”

Before completing his college education, Mike’s musical prowess opened the door for him to work with several renown recording artists and performers such as Richard Niles and renown singer, Clive Griffin on the album "Inside Out" in 1991; The Jones Girls’ "Coming Back" album in 1992 playing on 3 tracks as a session musician; Take That, playing horns on their single "Pray", and Gabrielle’s single "Going Nowhere" produced by Jonathan Wales in 1993. Mike’s exceptional musical abilities allowed him to cross over into progressive Christian rock, playing as a session musician with Terl Bryant on his album production titled "Psalm". Soon after college commencement services had ended, Mike was on a German-Dutch-UK tour playing with the band, Iona, in 1994. By 1998, Mike had worked alongside Joey Negro on his album release "Here Comes the Sunburst Band", and with renown gospel recording artist Darlene Zschech on her album "I Believe in the Promise" where he was credited for his horns contribution on 7 tracks.

By 2005, Mike’s reputation had expanded by becoming well known as a gifted and anointed saxophonist in several Charismatic and gospel circles. Mike ministered alongside such gospel giants as Morris Cerullo and Benny Hinn on the Mission to London tour at Earl’s Court Exhibition Center where 19,000 people were in attendance. At the International Gathering of Nationals tour hosted by Reverend Matthew Ashimolowo of Kingsway International Church of London in 2006, Mike was a featured artist playing alongside Ron Kenoly and Juanita Bynum. Earlier in 2005, he played in concert with Ron Kenoly at the Kensington Royal Albert Hall of London.

In 2006, Mike crossed the seas to the US and relocated in Southern California. This big move involved re-establishing his in-home studio from London to his new location in Los Angeles. This feat took a lot of maneuvering but the move afforded him the opportunity to continue hosting “The Mike Parlett Radio Show” on Solar Radio and later the Jazz Matrix Radio Show produced by Chris Standring with webcast to his fans in the UK. Since relocating to the US in 2006, Mike has worked alongside Norman Brown- Grammy award winning guitarist, jazz fusion maestro- Jeff Lorber, and singing legend Peabo Bryson along with Ike Turner and the Kings of Rhythm. In June of 2006, Mike performed on stage at the Huntington Beach J

Discography

"Keep It Movin' " - Album released in 2012.
Available on iTunes & CD Baby

"Waiting on You" - Album released in 2005.
Available on iTunes & CD Baby.

Set List

Classical & Contemporary Jazz, RnB, Soul, Classic Pop in three 45-minute sets. Covers include songs by Stevie Wonder, David Sanborn, Grover Washington Jr., Chaka Khan, Al Green, Marvin Gay, George Benson, Erroll Garner, Cole Porter, Gershwin and many others.