Live Jazz Venue Parker Jazz Club announces winter 2021 lineup
Austin’s premier live jazz venue, the Parker Jazz Club, located in the heart of the thriving downtown Austin neighborhood at 117 W. Fourth St. # 107b, Austin, TX 78701, shared their schedule November. This month’s musical highlights include Houston’s award-winning jazz artist Kristine Mills’ EP release show on November 4; Kris’s Birthday Jam with Doug Lawrence and special guests on November 11 to celebrate the birthday of Parker Jazz Club founder and owner Kimura; and Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few on November 18.
For more November dates, check out the club’s calendar here. For a 360-degree virtual tour of the place, click here. For more information and additional programming, visit parkerjazzclub.com.
A special VIP media and music industry night featuring the Parker Jazz Club Christmas show is scheduled for December 3, allowing attendees to get a special preview of the club’s holiday show before it takes place. until December. The preview will take place from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will be open to media and the VIP music industry only.
âI couldn’t be happier to share the stage with a dear friend and musical hero on my birthday,â said Kimura, referring to Birthday Jam special guest Doug Lawrence, tenor saxophonist of the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. , 19-time Grammy winner. . âI built this club to celebrate jazz and showcase my heroes! With that in mind, we have avoided the standard nightly ticket sale and instead ask guests to donate directly to the Texas Jazz Society, an organization in non-profit very close to my heart, in support of its mission to keep this music alive and thriving in the Lone Star State. “
Parker Jazz Club also just announced a brand new menu of cocktails and mocktails, an expanded wine list and food menu. Inspired by Monte Warden, Parker monthly resident, acclaimed singer / songwriter and two-time member of the Texas Music Hall of Fame, the alcohol-free menu includes alcohol-free mojitos, cosmos and more.
âAs a professional Austin musician for almost 17 years of recovery, I’ve always wondered why nightclubs don’t offer a full and sophisticated menu of mocktails,â Warden said. âBesides being such an important arts city, Austin has a thriving salvage community. So often the understated menu options read like a kids’ menu or an afterthought. I mentioned the idea of alcohol-free menu to Kris after a dangerous date one night, and he JUMPED on it! I’m grateful Parker bent down to the end so everyone could enjoy the music and the atmosphere and also toast and toast with the best of them! I’m honored to have helped start this project. Once again, Kris and Parker are filling a void Austin didn’t even know there was.
The Parker Jazz Club has carefully designed and refined “every little detail” to enhance the signature privacy and ambiance of the acclaimed basement lounge. With talented performers appearing Wednesday through Sunday each week (see schedule below), the Parker Jazz Club also offers a series of Jazz Therapy shows every Tuesday evening from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., welcoming everyone. for an evening of live jazz music that is good for your heart and soul. All healthcare professionals and teachers / educators can attend the Tuesday evening shows free of charge with a valid ID.
Since opening in 2018, the Parker Jazz Club has made a name for itself in the live music capital of the world as a state-of-the-art listening room. The club has hosted jazz legends including the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Joey DeFrancesco, Kenny Garrett, Curtis Stigers, Doug Lawrence, Jerry Weldon, Louis Hayes, Butch Miles, Nestor Torres, Tom Scott, Herlin Riley, Eric Reed and many others. And you never know who might be on – Wynton Marsalis and Kamasi Washington are known for performing impromptu sets on the Parker stage. But the venue is also revered for its unmistakable Parker Jazz Club House Band, which draws a dedicated crowd every weekend.
âI wanted something that you would see if you went to New York and had an evening at Dizzy’s Club, or went to London and visited Ronnie Scott’s, or went to Paris – a truly timeless and world-class place,â Kimura said. âBut also, it couldn’t be too stuffy because it’s Austin. The people in Austin are cool. We kind of wanted to mix that upscale stuff with this hip, distinctly Austin stuff, and I’ve got the. feel like we’ve hit the mark. “
Named after the young son of award-winning jazz singer and multi-instrumentalist founder / owner Kimura, the Parker Jazz Club started with a basement and a dream. With the support of investors who shared his vision, the Austin musician set out to build a world-class venue on par with renowned jazz clubs such as Birdland, Blue Note and Yoshi’s. The Parker Jazz Club was established to contribute to the appreciation, culture and education of Austin, with Kimura’s confident approach “if you build it they will come” to create a dedicated space for live performances. . An upscale lounge for 21+ at night, the venue can also be rented out for private events on weekdays.
Others in the industry rave about Kimura’s passion for excellence. “I don’t think I’ve ever known a musician so involved in opening a club,” said Doug Lawrence, tenor saxophonist with the Count Basie Orchestra.
What draws guests from everywhere is the club’s own Parker Jazz Club House Band, led by Kimura. The group includes Ryan Davis (piano), Ben Triesch (bass), Jeremy Bruch (drums) and Kimura (woodwind / vocals), along with veteran sound and lighting engineer Mac McDonnell. Kimura’s long-term ties to the local and national jazz community allow for a constant flow of notable acts. While still providing the warmth and ambiance of a neighborhood bar to its regular patrons, the Parker Jazz Club keeps the entertainment fresh and exciting.