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ASTORIA — KALA welcomes pianist and composer Chris Parker on Friday, Jan 12. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 (buying them in advance is suggested).
Cocktails are available before and during the show. Attendees must be 21 and older.
Originally from Portland, Parker is a professor of music and head of the jazz studies at SUNY Orange College in New York.
In the late 1970s and early 80s, he made Oregon his home, where he taught music at Clatsop Community College and provided live jazz to the region.
The KALA event includes Tim Willcox on saxophone, Damien Erskine on bass and Jason Palmer on drums — all premier Northwest jazz artists.
Parker has two CDs out on the OA2 label: “Late in Lisbon” and the latest release, “Full Circle,” which features the unusual frontline of saxophone and violin. The albums are an exciting mix of Parker’s original jazz compositions ranging in style from burning Latin and to funky tunes and laid-back ballads.
Parker fronts his own group on the East Coast. Contemporary jazz icons Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Chris Vadala and Lyn Seaton have all performed with Parker’s band.
KALA (1017 Marine Drive) provides cabaret-style seating with excellent acoustics and sound for an intimate and dynamic music experience.