|Born||October 7, 1983|
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Labels||Blue Note, Nonesuch, ECM, Ropeadope|
|Associated acts||Terence Blanchard, James Farm|
Aaron Parks (born October 7, 1983) is an American jazz pianist.
A native of Seattle, Parks studied at the University of Washington at the age of 14 through the Transition School and Early Entrance Program as a double major in computer science and music. At 15 he was selected to participate in the Grammy High School Jazz Ensembles which inspired him to move to New York City and transfer to the Manhattan School of Music. At Manhattan one of his teachers was Kenny Barron. During his final year he began touring with Terence Blanchard's band, recording three albums with him for Blue Note, including the Grammy-winning A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina). Parks can be heard on the soundtracks to Their Eyes Were Watching God and the Spike Lee films Inside Man, She Hate Me, and When the Levees Broke.
Parks released his first four albums on Keynote Records between 1999 and 2002. In 2008, he released Invisible Cinema, his debut for Blue Note. Following this he released two albums for ECM, and is currently an artist on Ropeadope Records.
Awards and honors
- 2001: Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association
- 2006: Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition (Third Place)
- Jas Hennessy Piano Solo Competition at Montreux (Third Place)
- 2016: DownBeat magazine: “25 for the Future”
- The Promise (Keynote, 1999)
- First Romance (Keynote, 2000)
- The Wizard (Keynote, 2001)
- Shadows (Keynote, 2002)
- Invisible Cinema (Blue Note, 2008)
- Arborescence (ECM, 2013)
- Groovements (Stunt, 2016)
- Find the Way (ECM, 2017)
- Little Big (Ropeadope, 2018)
- Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man (Ropeadope, 2020)
As Member of James Farm
- James Farm (Nonesuch, 2011)
- City Folk (Nonesuch, 2014)
Backing Musician Credits
With Terence Blanchard
- Bounce (Blue Note, 2003)
- A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) (Varese Sarabande, 2006)
- Flow (Blue Note, 2014)
With Mike Moreno
- Between the Lines (World Culture Music, 2007)
- First in Mind (Criss Cross, 2011)
- Another Way (World Culture Music, 2012)
- Lotus (World Culture Music, 2015)
With Christian Scott
With Dayna Stephens
- Today Is Tomorrow (Criss Cross, 2012)
- Reminiscent (Criss Cross, 2015)
- Right Now! (Contagious Music 2020)
- Ambrose Akinmusire, Prelude (Fresh Sound, 2008)
- Monika Borzym, Girl Talk (Sony, 2011)
- Francesco Cafiso, Angelica (CAM Jazz, 2009)
- Cant, Dreams Come True (Terrible, 2011)
- Terri Lyne Carrington, Waiting Game (Motema, 2019)
- Anders Christensen Trio, Dear Someone (Stunt, 2009)
- Nir Felder, Golden Age (Okeh, 2014)
- Gilad Hekselman, Ask for Chaos (Motema, 2018)
- Derrick Hodge, Live Today (Blue Note, 2013)
- Lage Lund, Foolhardy (Criss Cross, 2013)
- Chris Morrissey, North Hero (Sunnyside, 2013)
- Ferenc Nemeth, Night Songs (Dreamers Collective 2007)
- Gretchen Parlato, In a Dream (ObliqSound, 2009)
- Kurt Rosenwinkel, Star of Jupiter (Wommusic 2012)
- Yeahwon Shin, Lua Ya (ECM, 2013)
- Walter Smith III, Casually Introducing (Fresh Sound, 2006)
- Ben Wendel, The Seasons (Motema, 2018)
- Dhafer Youssef, Diwan of Beauty and Odd (Okeh, 2016)
- Collar, Matt. "Aaron Parks". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
- GRAMMY.com Archived 2007-12-08 at the Wayback Machine
- "CRITICS' CHOICE: NEW CDS; Aaron Parks". New York Times. August 18, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
- "James Farm". Nonesuch. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
- "Aaron Parks". Blue Note. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
- Panken, Ted (July 2016). "25 for the Future / Aaron Parks". DownBeat. Vol. 83 no. 7. Chicago. p. 36. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
- "Aaron Parks". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
- "Little Big II: Dreams of a Mechanical Man | Aaron Parks". Aaronparksmusic.bandcamp.com. Retrieved 2020-05-09.