Parker Jazz Club, Austin’s premier live jazz venue, announces October lineup, including 1920s Halloween weekend



Austin’s premier live jazz venue, the Parker Jazz Club, is excited to share their October schedule and upcoming fall 2021 lineup. Highlights include the Marcos Varela Quartet on October 12 during the session Jazz Therapy Center at the Parker Jazz Club, The Adderley School presents Broadway & Jazz with Nat Adderley, Jr. on October 17, and Dale Watson is set to perform as one of the first guests on the club’s new Parker Jazz Orchestra series. October 27.

“The Parker Jazz Orchestra explores the rich canon of big band tradition in all its depth, breadth and scope, which is truly fantastic music in its historical and more contemporary forms,” said Kris Kimura, founder and owner of the Parker Jazz Club. “As jazz musicians we place equal importance on composition and improvisation, so we’re going to have fun accompanying honky-tonk troubadour Dale Watson on the first show in this new series. unexpectedly, it will all make sense when you hear Dale and the jazz band together, performing arrangements of his music in the jazz idiom. “

The Parker Jazz Club has also just announced that it will be hosting a special two-night Halloween weekend, A Roaring ’20s Halloween, from October 29-30. There will be a costume and music competition by the Parker Jazz Club House Band. For more October dates, check out the club’s calendar here. The Parker Jazz Club is located in the heart of the thriving downtown Austin warehouse district at 117 W. Fourth St. # 107b, Austin, TX 78701. For a 360-degree virtual tour of the venue, please click here. For more information and additional programming, visit

“There’s a haunting ballroom scene in The Shining where Jack Torrance walks into a sophisticated booming 1920s party with guests dressed in elegant tuxedos and sparkly dresses with bobbed hair -‘Midnight, Ray Noble’s the Stars and You ‘and his band floats through the hall, with Al Bowlly singing – and they’re all basically trendy ghosts with great taste in music, ”Kimura said. “It’s the vibe of our Halloween weekend. And yes, we’ll be playing these charts!”

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. Tickets cost $ 10. In addition, all health professionals and teachers / educators can attend the Tuesday evening shows free of charge with a valid ID.

“Our Jazz Therapy series was launched during the pandemic (once the club reopened to the public) as a thank you to these phenomenal frontline workers who were helping the community navigate COVID,” Kimura said. “This summer we decided to include educators for similar reasons. Plus, this weekly show provides an easy, inexpensive point of access to the club for guests, with $ 10 coverage. The “therapy” aspect of this series playing on the simplicity of listening to jazz music is actually quite healthy and helpful in lowering blood pressure and relieving stress. Jazz therapy was designed as a way for us to give back.

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 inimitable Parker Jazz Club House Band, which draws a dedicated crowd every weekend.

“I 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,” Kimura said. “But 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. “

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 artists Wednesday through Sunday every week (see schedule below) and Jazz Therapy shows every Tuesday evening from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

While following all CDC and local guidelines, the Parker Jazz Club has remained flexible to meet health guidelines during the pandemic and will continue to enforce the strictest safety measures. Kimura has expanded its cutting-edge live streaming schedule over the past year to share content on Parker’s website for each performance. It’s also an optimal opportunity to capture every live show with a well-crafted video recording, another key part of the listening room.

“Jazz is a living, breathing art form with those beautiful fleeting improvisational moments that just need to be experienced,” Kimura said. “From the start, capturing and archiving the ongoing musical history at Parker was important to me, and bringing in the best live production was as vital as the sound and lighting design in the club. We recorded every set. performed here. The Pandemic has really increased interest in our ongoing livestream, and we’re really proud to be bringing live jazz to the world from our humble stage in Austin. “

Named after the young son of award-winning jazz singer and multi-instrumentalist founder / owner Kimura, 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.

Indeed, an impeccable sound design, an electric stage curtain, a hi-fi video streaming studio, a cozy green room, incredible household equipment and a large framed photo of Kimura’s late local mentor, Tony Campise, speak for themselves. all from a new venture that doesn’t sound like a concept as much as somebody’s dream, ”said the Austin Chronicle.

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 saxophone soloist with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra.

What draws guests from everywhere is the club’s own Parker Jazz Club House group, led by Kimura. The group includes Ryan Davis (piano), Ben Triesch (bass), Jeremy Bruch (drums) and Kimura (woodwind / vocals), 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.

“a ?? a ?? Cool, Hot, Classic, Timeless” – The Parker Jazz Club is not only a music destination, it also offers top entertainment with an upscale lounge touch. They introduce limited but deliberate food options to appeal to customers ‘before’ and ‘after dinner’. The menu also includes local craft beers, a diverse menu of craft cocktails, an extensive wine list and a sophisticated emphasis on fine scotch and whiskey from around the world.

“There are venues that accommodate music and musicians – however, very few venues are designed and literally built for that,” famed Austin musician Alex Marrero said. “Every microphone, cable, speaker, wire, cabinet, table and chair has been meticulously hand-picked to serve the music. I’ve never seen anything like it in town for a room this size. The reason is that it did not exist until the Parker Jazz Club opened its doors. “

The program for the next few weeks includes:


October 8: Parker Jazz Club House Band – 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
October 9: Parker Jazz Club House Band – 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Oct 12: Marcos Varela Quartet: Jazz therapy session – 8 p.m.
Oct 13: Parker Jazz Orchestra – Deconstructed – 8 p.m.
October 14: Mike Sailors & the Higher Calling Orchestra – 8 p.m.
Oct 15: Parker Jazz Club House Band – 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Oct 16: Parker Jazz Club House Band – 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
October 17: Adderley School presents Broadway and Jazz with Nat Adderley Jr. – 3 p.m.
Oct 19: Jazz Therapy – 8 p.m.
October 20: Wasabi Big Band with Jennifer Johnson – 8 p.m.
October 21: Monte Warden and the Dangerous Few – 8 p.m.
Oct 22: Kenny Williams – 8 p.m. / Courtney Santana – 10 p.m.
Oct 23: Parker Jazz Club House Band – 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Oct 26: Jazz Therapy – 8 p.m.
Oct 27: Dale Watson with the Parker Jazz Orchestra – 8 p.m.
Oct 28: The Copa Kings – 8 p.m.
Oct 29: Parker Jazz Club House Band – 8 p.m. / Roaring 20’s Halloween – 10 p.m.
Oct. 30: Parker Jazz Club House Band – 8 p.m. / Roaring 20’s Halloween – 10 p.m.

Also stay tuned for a special EP release night by Houston’s Kristine Mills on November 4th.


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