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William Parker / Evidence of Everlasting Beauty
May 21, 2017 @ 12:00 am - 2:00 am
“William Parker is something of a father figure.”
— Larry Blumenfeld, New York Times
“One of the 50 Greatest New York Musicians of All Time”
— Time Out New York
Launching a new series of music and cultural discourse at the Atlas Studios building in Newburgh, NY, Jazz at Atlas is proud to present the legendary bassist, composer and bandleader William Parker and the ensemble Evidence Of Everlasting Beauty. The band features Cooper Moore on piano, Daniel Carter on reeds, trumpet and flute, Steve Swell on trombone and William Parker on stringed instruments. Evidence Of Everlasting Beauty will perform on Saturday, May 20 at 8 PM. Admission will be $20 at the door.
All programs will take place at the Atlas Studios building located at 11 Spring St. in Newburgh, NY. Ample onsite parking is available.
Jazz at Atlas is a cooperative effort of trombonist and bandleader Joe Fiedler; writer, musician and multimedia artist James Keepnews; and music researcher, radio host and producer Ben Young. Along with presenting performances of world-renowned creative musicians, JAA will also be offering listening sessions, dialogues with artists and classes covering the entire spectrum of creative music in all its varied manifestations around the world and throughout its history.
Upcoming JAA concerts include:
Friday, July 28 — Joe Lovano “Trio Fascination — In the Moment of Now”: featuring Marilyn Crispell
Thursday, September 14 — Tim Berne’s Snakeoil: featuring Oscar Noriega, Matt Mitchell and Ches Smith
Upcoming JAA classes include:
Introductory open session — Thursday May, 18 at 6:30
Jazz 101 — a free 8-week course beginning May 25 and running weekly every Thursday through July 13 from 6:30-8:30 PM
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.”
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.