Errol Parker

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Errol Parker
Birth nameRaphaël Schecroun
Born(1925-10-30)30 October 1925
Oran, French Algeria
OriginParis, France
Died2 July 1998(1998-07-02) (aged 72)
New York City, New York, United States

Errol Parker (né Raphaël Schecroun; 30 October 1925-2 July 1998) was a French-Algerian jazz pianist who played with Django Reinhardt, James Moody, Don Byas and Kenny Clarke, among others.[1]

Born in Oran, French Algeria, Raphaël Schecroun (his working name derives from two of his jazz heroes, Erroll Garner and Charlie Parker) moved to Paris at the age of 18.[2]

In 1964, Parker wrote the song "Lorre", which became a hit in France, and opened his own jazz club "Le Ladybird" on Rue de la Huchette.[3]

Following a serious car accident that impaired his playing, Parker emigrated to New York City, where his daughter was to begin university in February 1968.[4]

In America he started a second career as a record producer, but unable to find a suitable drummer he started to perform as a jazz drummer (which was not affected by his shoulder injury). He died of liver cancer in New York City, aged 72.[2] His daughter was Elodie Lauten (1950-2014), a pianist and composer.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Duo (with Kenny Clarke) (Ricordi (unissued), 1958)
  • Trio (with Georges Luca and Kenny Clarke) (Ricordi, 1960)
  • Lorre (Polydor 66 639, 1963)
  • My Own Bag No. 1 (Sahara 1001, 1972)
  • My Own Bag No. 2 (Sahara 1002, 1972)
  • My Own Bag No. 3 (Sahara 1003, 1975)
  • African Samba (Sahara 1006, 1976)
  • The Errol Parker Experience (Sahara 1007, 1977)
  • Baobab (Sahara 1008, 1978)
  • Solo Concert Live At St Peter's Church (Sahara 1009, 1979)
  • Doodles (Sahara 1010, 1979)
  • Graffiti (Sahara 1011, 1980)
  • Tribute to Thelonious Monk (Sahara 1012, 1982)solo
  • The Errol Parker Tentet (Sahara 1013)
  • Live at the Wollman Auditorium (Sahara 1014, 1985)
  • Compelling Forces (Cadence, 1985) solo
  • A Night in Tunisia (Sahara 1015, 1991)
  • Remembering Billy Strayhorn (Sahara 1016, 1994)


  1. ^ Leonard Feather, Ira Gitler, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, 2007, p. 514: "PARKER, ERROL (Raphael Schecroun), dms, pno, comp, arr; b. Oran, Algeria, 10/30/25; d. NYC, 7/2/98. Mother was classical pnst., daughter, Elodie Lauten, a comp. Began on African dms. at age 6, pno. at 14. As Ralph Schecroun, he pl. .. Changed name to Errol Parker '60 in order to avoid litigation while simultaneously rec. as leader for two different labels."
  2. ^ a b "An Original Voice in Conformist Times" (obituary from The Scotsman), Jazzhouse.
  3. ^ The New York Times biographical service, Vol. 29, 1998, p. 1036: "Mr. Parker was born Raphel Schecroun in Oran, Algeria, which was then French. He fought in the French Army in World War II, and in Paris he studied sculpture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. A self-taught pianist, he played with Django Reinhardt while in Paris in his mid-20s and later played with James Moody, Don Byas and Kenny Clarke. In 1964 he wrote the song Lorre, a classical-jazz piece that became a hit in France."
  4. ^ Liberation "Errol Parker ne fait plus jazzer. Le pianiste de «Lorre» est mort à New York à 72 ans", 7 July 1998; accessed 4 March 2015.

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