Jeff Parker (musician)

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Jeff Parker
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Background information
Born (1967-04-04) April 4, 1967 (age 55)
Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
GenresJazz, experimental, post-rock, free jazz
Instrument(s)Guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, drum programming
Years active1991-present
LabelsDelmark, Atavistic, Thrill Jockey, International Anthem, Eremite Records

Jeff Parker (born April 4, 1967) is an American guitarist and composer based in Los Angeles.[1][2][3] Born in Connecticut and raised in Hampton, Virginia, Parker is best known as an experimental musician, working with jazz, electronic, rock, and improvisational groups. Parker studied at Berklee College of Music and then moved to Chicago in 1991.[4]

Also a multi-instrumentalist, Parker has been a member of the post-rock group Tortoise[5] since 1996, and was a founding member of Isotope 217 and the Chicago Underground Trio in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and has worked with George Lewis, Ernest Dawkins, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, Fred Anderson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Joey DeFrancesco, Smog (aka Bill Callahan), Carmen Lundy and Jason Moran.[6] A prolific sideman, he has also released seven albums as a solo artist: Like-Coping, The Relatives, Bright Light in Winter, The New Breed, Slight Freedom, Suite for Max Brown, and Forfolks.[7]


As leader[edit]

With Tortoise[edit]

  • TNT (Thrill Jockey, 1998)
  • In the Fishtank (In the Fishtank, 1999)
  • Standards (Thrill Jockey, 2001)
  • It's All Around You (Thrill Jockey, 2004)
  • The Brave and the Bold (Overcoat, 2006)
  • Beacons of Ancestorship (Thrill Jockey, 2009)
  • The Catastrophist (Thrill Jockey, 2016)[9]

With Chicago Underground Trio[edit]

With Rob Mazurek[edit]

With Makaya McCraven[edit]


  1. ^ Los Angeles Times. "Guitarist Jeff Parker leaves his comfort zone in relocating to L.A." Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Biography of Jeff Parker". Retrieved February 25, 2022.
  3. ^ Jeff Parker Interview on
  4. ^ "Jeff Parker Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved February 7, 2022.
  5. ^ "Tortoise". Retrieved February 25, 2022.
  6. ^ Marsh, Peter. "BBC - Music - Review of Jeff Parker - Like-Coping".
  7. ^ a b "Jeff Parker Discography". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "Jeff Parker: Suite for Max Brown". Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  9. ^ "Tortoise Discography". AllMusic.


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