Born in Chicago, Chris Parker was playing drums at age three and began performing professional gigs at eleven. At nineteen, Parker began recording and touring with blues great Paul Butterfield and then broke into the New York studio scene in 1970,
doing records, movie scores and filling the drum chair at Saturday Night Live.
Toph, as friends know him, recorded platinum, gold and Grammy winning albums and CDs with many artists, including the original Brecker Brothers, Bob Dylan, Cher, Natalie Cole, Donald Fagen, Aretha Franklin, Freddie Hubbard, James Brown, Salt ‘n’ Pepa, Miles Davis, Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, Lionel Hampton, Eddie Palmieri, Gato Barbieri, Jane Duboc, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Jon Secada, Don
Covay and Quincy Jones who has written liner notes for the latest CD, Blue Print.
Currently leading his own band, the Chris Parker Trio with Kyoko Oyobe, piano and Ameen Saleem, bass, Parker recorded Blue Print, a CD dedicated to Arif Mardin and produced by Arif’s son, Joe. This new work features Randy Brecker, on three tracks as well as Parker’s original compositions.
Click on the titles below to watch an interview and performances by Chris