Personalities | William Parker | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues
(Bass, b. 1952)
William Parker apprenticed with major bassists in New York City’s Jazzmobile programme, studied privately with Jimmy Garrison and Wilber Ware, and performed with Cecil Taylor’s group at the age of 21. He has anchored many ensembles, including the David S. Ware Quartet. His prodigious work ethic, instrumental steadiness, dependability and selflessness have made Parker central to activities that culminate annually in a week-long interdisciplinary Vision Festival, produced by his wife, dancer-choreographer Patricia Parker.
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