October 30th, 2008
Aaron Parks Quartet on stage at the Triple Door, Oct 23
In looking back a couple of nights work I almost missed this shot of Aaron on the piano through Mike Moreno’s guitar.
Seattle’s maturing prodigy returned from New York City on the heels of his acclaimed Blue Note release, Invisible Cinema. The young pianist’s major-label debut comes after experiences in guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel’s band and a five-year stint with trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s band. Parks thinks touring the globe with Blanchard helped him emerge from an accelerated musical education.
At 15 Parks pursued a double major in computer science and music as an early-entrance student at the University of Washington. Then, at 16, the precocious student left for the Manhattan School of Music and lessons with Kenny Barron. “I finished college at 18, but the real school started right after that in [Blanchard’s] band—the school of the road,” Parks says in a recent radio interview for WBGO in New York. Thanks to Blanchard’s leadership approach, Parks offers a similar mutual trust on the bandstand.
From ambient and rock to classical and world-folk music, Parks brings his musical tastes to bear on the Blue Note release, and the group—Mike Moreno, guitar; Thomas Morgan, bass; Marcus Gilmore, drums—expands on that music for Seattle audiences.
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Photograph by editorial photographer Daniel Sheehan a photojournalist who specializes in portrait photography and photojournalism for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer photographing weddings with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating artistic documentary photography ranking him as one of the best Seattle wedding photographers.