Knocky Parker

Decades: 2000s


8 August 1918, Palmer, Texas, USA, d. 3 September 1986, Los Angeles, California, USA. During the 30s Parker played piano in several Texas bands, some of which were only on the edges of jazz. In the mid-40s he was working on the west coast with leading traditional jazz musicians such as Albert Nicholas. Parker later went into education, teaching at colleges and universities, but still found time to play with Omer Simeon, Tony Parenti and others during the 50s and 60s. In the early 60s he undertook an extensive recording programme of ragtime music, notably including the works of Scott Joplin and James Scott. A few years later he turned his attention to early jazz piano with a set of music by Jelly Roll Morton. In the early 80s he recorded a fine album with Big Joe Turner.

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