County: King County
GAP Award 2012
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Jason Parker is a jazz trumpet player. He has been making a living playing and teaching music since 2001. For the last eight years the majority of his income has come from playing live music. He leads The Jason Parker Quartet, one of the busiest jazz bands in Seattle, and plays in a host of other bands, including Clave Nagila, Water Babies, The Nate Omdal Nonet and more. He has toured with Crooked Fingers and Devotchka, and has opened for the likes of Elvis Costello, Spoon, and Greta Matassa. Jason teaches music classes for The Experience Music Project and The Right Brain Center for the Arts. He is also the recipient of a 2013 CityArtist Project award from Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Jason received a 2012 GAP to pay the composers’ licensing fees on their Seattle-centric project entitled Homegrown. In creating this project, he has focused on “thinking local,” with the goal of creating a world-class album that highlights local talent. Many featured composers have donated their work for free; however, GAP funds allow for compensation for the valuable contributions of time and talent.
Jason Parker Quartet, 2010. photo: Darrah Parker.