The Rick Parker Collective is a five piece ensemble that performs primairly original compositions by the group members. The group attempts to push the envelope with modern approaches to rhythm, harmony, form and structure while staying rooted in the traditions of the music.
The ensemble includes:
Rick Parker - Trombone
Xavier Perez - Tenor and Sorprano Saxaphones
Frank LoCrasto - Piano
Apostolos Sideris - Bass
Kyle Struve - Drums
Rick Parker has performed with such jazz masters as George Benson, Grady Tate, Cecil Bridgewater, Jim McNeely, Rene McLean and Andrew White in venues across the world including the Montruex Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Lincoln Center (NYC), Birdland (NYC), the Knitting Factory (NYC), Kennedy Center (DC), Blues Alley (DC), Jazz Club (Argentina), Oliveria Always (Argentina). He recently participated in the Kennedy Center's "Betty Carter Jazz Ahead" invitation only workshop whose faculty included Curtis Fuller, Dr. Nathan Davis and Eric Reid among others (April, 2001). Rick was also named runner-up in the Eastern Trombone Workshop's Jazz Solo Competition (March, 2001). Rick has studied with Conrad Herwig, Steve Davis, Frank Lacy, Per Brevig, Craig Mulcayhy and Bruce Eidem. He has also appeared on several recordings including: "A Work In Progress," The Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra; "Riot at the Mardigras Dance Hall," One Too Many; "Skamagedon 4," One Too Many.
The Rick Parker Collective, his most recent project, is a five piece ensemble that performs original compositions as well as jazz standards. Rick is also an experienced composer, arranger, private trombone teacher and sound engineer. Please contact him if you are interested in any of these services.
Born in New York City in 1978, Rick Parker grew up in the suburb town of Greenwich, Connecticut. He began playing the trombone at the age of twelve. After graduating from Greenwich High School, Rick moved to Washington, DC to attend Georgetown University. There, he was officially a student of economics, however, he was still very much consumed by the music and quickly began working on the DC jazz scene. In addition to leading his own small groups, Rick performed weekly with the Thad Wilson Jazz Orchestra, a sixteen-piece band for which he also composed. The trombonist also performed with several salsa bands in the area including La Romana and Orquestra Melao.
From March, 2001 through July, Rick studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There he performed with the Oscar Serano Orquestra and the Buenos Aires Big Band, eventually accompanying them to Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
After graduating from Georgetown, Rick has come full circle and returned to New York City. He continues to perform in both Washington, DC and New York and is currently pursuing a masters degree in jazz performance at New York University.