Aaron Parks plays a duo concert with Adam Baldych in Aarhus, Denmark, in 2014.
|Born||October 7, 1983|
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Labels||Blue Note, Nonesuch, ECM|
|Associated acts||Terence Blanchard, James Farm|
Aaron Parks (born October 7, 1983) is a 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.
Awards and honors
- Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, 2001
- Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition (Third Place)
- Jas Hennessy Piano Solo Competition at Montreux (Third Place)
- The Promise (Keynote Records, 1999)
- Invisible Cinema (Blue Note, 2008)
- Alive in Japan (Bandcamp 2013)
- Arborescence (ECM, 2013)
- Find the Way (ECM, 2017)
- Little Big (Ropeadope, 2018)
- 2011 James Farm, James Farm
- 2014 City Folk, James Farm
- 2015 Misfit with Elif Çaglar, Eric Harland, Harish Raghavan
- 2016 Groovements with Karsten Bagge, Thomas Fonnesbæk
As sideman or guest
- 2005 Higher Ground, Wynton Marsalis
- 2006 Inside Man
- 2006 Casually Introducing Walter Smith III, Walter Smith III
- 2006 The Source, Kendrick Scott
- 2007 Night Songs, Ferenc Nemeth
- 2007 Valcour, Tim Collins
- 2008 Prelude... to Cora, Ambrose Akinmusire
- 2009 Angelica, Francesco Cafiso
- 2009 In a Dream, Gretchen Parlato
- 2011 Dreams Come True, CANT
- 2011 Frame of Reference, Ben Van Gelder
- 2012 Star of Jupiter, Kurt Rosenwinkel
- 2012 Secret Love, Sara Leib
- 2013 Foolhardy, Lage Lund
- 2013 Live Today, Derrick Hodge
- 2013 Lua Ya, Yeahwon Shin
- 2013 North Hero, Chris Morrissey
- 2013 Somewhere in Between, Bob Reynolds
- 2013 Stockholm Syndrome Wil Vinson
- 2014 Golden Age, Nir Felder
- 2016 Diwan of Beauty and Odd, Dhafer Youssef
- 2016 Seemed Like a Good Idea, Petra Haden, Jesse Harris
- 2018 Good Question, Matt Penman
- 2018 The Seasons, Ben Wendel
With Terence Blanchard
With Christian Scott
- 2007 Anthem
- 2008 Live at Newport
With Mike Moreno
- Between the Lines (2007)
- First in Mind (2011)
With Dayna Stephens
- 2012 Today Is Tomorrow
- 2015 Reminiscent
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