Rick Parker

Rick Parker


Rick Parker’s high energy quintet blurs the line between modern post bop and the downtown music scene. The group’s first CD, “New York Gravity” has received rave reviews with one critic calling the band “the best kept secret in New York right now.” (Peter Aaron, All About Jazz)


“Young trombonist Rick Parker is yet another powerful young jazz musician to be reckoned with.” (Mark Meyers, All About Jazz) Since relocating to New York in August of 2001, Rick Parker has performed at several of the city’s major jazz clubs including Blue Note, Birdland, the Jazz Standard and the Jazz Gallery. His primary musical project, the Rick Parker Collective, is a critically acclaimed sextet that has been called “the best kept secret in New York right now.” (All About Jazz) The group performs all original music at venues including Blues Alley, Somers Point Jazz Festival, Chris’s Jazz Café, Kavehaz, Knitting Factory, Cornelia Street Café and his first CD, New York Gravity, was released on the Fresh Sound New Talent record label in 2004. Rick also leads an improvised electronic music group called Ambient Assault which consists of electric trombone, keyboards and two drummers. His other musical endeavors include the world renowned trombonist/composer Ku-umba Frank Lacy’s 14 piece Vibe Tribe and legendary drummer Charlie Persip’s big band. He is also the musical curator of the Jazz series at Brooklyn’s Laila Lounge.

A prolific composer, Rick was named a winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards for 2004/2005. In April of 2002 and 2003, he participated in the Kennedy Center’s “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” invitation only workshop for composers/soloists where he studied under jazz icons such as Curtis Fuller, Eric Reid and John Clayton. In March 2002 he was named runner up in the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition. Since graduating from Georgetown University with a BA in economics in 2001, Rick recently received his MM in Jazz Performance and Composition from New York University in 2003.

Born in 1978, Rick has already performed with such jazz greats as George Benson, Grady Tate, Eddie Henderson, Conrad Herwig, Steve Turre, Cecil Bridgewater, Frank Lacy, Greg Tardy, Myron Walden and Andrew White in venues around the world including the Montreux Jazz Festival, Berkshire Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Blue Note, Birdland, Sweet Rhythm, Jazz Gallery, Blues Alley (DC), Chris’ Jazz Café (PA), Jazz Club (Argentina) and Oliveria Always (Argentina). He has studied with Conrad Herwig, Frank Lacy, Steve Davis, Mike Holober and Thad Wilson.


- New York Gravity (Fresh Sound/New Talent), Rick Parker Collective
- A Work In Progress, Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra
- Riot at the Mardi Gras Dance Hall, One Too Many.

Set List

The band performs all original compositions and can play from 1-3 sets of 45-90 minutes each. Jazz standards can be performed upon request. Rick Parker also leads several other size groups from 2-6 musicians including one group with a vocalist.