Aaron Parks

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Aaron Parks
Aaron Parks IBK.JPG
Background information
Born (1983-10-07) October 7, 1983 (age 34)
Origin Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano
Labels Blue Note Records
Associated acts James Farm, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Terence Blanchard, Mike Moreno
Aaron Parks (2014)
Playing duo concert with Adam Baldych
in Aarhus, Denmark

Aaron Parks (born October 7, 1983, in Seattle, Washington) is a jazz pianist.[1]

Personal life[edit]

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. During his final year he began touring with Terence Blanchard's band, recording three albums with him for Blue Note Records, including the Grammy-winning A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina).[2] Parks has also toured with Kurt Rosenwinkel and has recorded for Blue Note Records.[3] He is a member of James Farm, a quartet featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Eric Harland.[4]

Parks can be heard on the soundtracks to Their Eyes Were Watching God and Spike Lee films including Inside Man, She Hate Me, and When the Levees Broke.


  • Jas Hennessy Piano Solo Competition at Montreux (Third Place)
  • Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association (First Place)
  • Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition (Third Place)


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]



  1. ^ Collar Matt. "Biography: Aaron Parks". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  2. ^ GRAMMY.com Archived 2007-12-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Aaron Parks". Blue Note. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "James Farm". Nonesuch. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.kurtrosenwinkel.com/archives/2762
  6. ^ http://www.crisscrossjazz.com/album/1360.html

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