Errol Parker

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Errol Parker (né Raphaël Schecroun; 30 October 1925-2 July 1998) was a French-Algerian-Jewish 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, Errol Garner and Charlie Parker), he 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 also 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 (1963)
  • Solo Concert (Sahara, 1979)
  • Doodles (Sahara, 1979)
  • Live at the Wollman Auditorium (Sahara, 1985)
  • Compelling Forces (Cadence, 1985) solo
  • A Night in Tunisia (Sahara, 1991)
  • Remembering Billy Strayhorn (Sahara, 1994)

References[edit]

  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-20's 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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