Gil Parris

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Gil Parris
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Gil Parris
Background information
Born December 28, 1977
The Bronx, New York City, New York
Genres Rock, jazz, blues, pop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments guitar
Years active 1998-present
Associated acts Blood, Sweat & Tears
Website Myspace
Notable instruments
Fender Strat Plus guitar
Carvin SH-225 guitar
Artinger guitar
Gil Parris Signature guitar by Reverend

Gil Parris is an American Grammy-nominated rock, blues, jazz and pop guitarist. He graduated from Ardsley High School. After briefly attending the Berklee School of Music, Parris left to tour Europe as part of a musical troupe performing Jesus Christ Superstar before becoming a recording artist.[1] Parris has released six solo albums and played collaboratively with over 20 other groups/artists. Parris is known for his blending of blues, jazz, rock and smooth jazz in his work. He has recorded and toured both as a solo artist and as a sideman with major artists including Dr. John, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Diane Schuur, David Mann, Billy Vera, Bobby Caldwell and Toni Braxton.


Solo releases[edit]

  • Gil Parris - 1998
  • Blue Thumb - 2002
  • Jam This -2003
  • Live at the Next Door Cafe - 2005
  • Strength - 2006
  • Gil Parris and Friends Live DVD - 2007
  • A Certain Beauty - 2009


  • Syndicate of Soul - Who's Snakin' Who? (with Dr. John, Corery Glover and others)
  • Bluesiana Hurricane - Halfsteppin (with Bill Doggett, Lester Bowie and others)
  • Skallelujah - with Joe Ferry
  • Strength - with Toko Furuuchi
  • Secrets - with Toni Braxton
  • In Front of My Eyes - with Bakithi Kumalo
  • Harris Bros Horns - with Joel Rosenblatt, Robert Aires and Dave Anderson
  • A Woman's Love - with Vanesse Thomas
  • BIG SKA - with Joe Ferry
  • I'll Take Care of You - with Chuck Jackson and Cissy Houston
  • Let the Feeling Flow - with Matt Jordan and Kelli Sae
  • Poseidon's Son - with Kati Mac
  • Nicole Hart Live NRG! - with Nicole Hart
  • The Christmas Album - with David Clayton Thomas
  • Blues for a Sunday Morning - 2000 - Various Artists (Compilation)
  • Public Domain - 2000 - Various Artists (compilation - Gil Parris was nominated for a Grammy in 2001 for his creative solo guitar arrangement of "Pop Goes the Weasel")
  • iBod - with Ivan "Funkboy" Bodley
  • Arenal - with Ronnie Dinoto
  • In Joy - Gordon James
  • Live-Terry Silverlight(w/Will Lee,Chris Hunter,Rob Aires,Clifford Carter,etc...)


  1. ^ "Gil Parris: Guitarist". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 

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