New Orleans Night! A Mardi Gras Party with Kris Kimura & Friends

New Orleans Night! A Mardi Gras Party with Kris Kimura & Friends

Fri, Apr 12

Mardi Gras and the music of New Orleans is alive and well at Parker Jazz Club on Friday nights! Come celebrate the weekend with Kris Kimura, Ryan Davis, Ben Triesch, Jeremy Bruch, Brad Scheele, Erik Telford, and friends! Featuring classic New Orleans tunes from the traditional to the funky! We're following in the footsteps of our dear friends at Jazz, TX (San Antonio) and hoping to start our own New Orleans tradition at Parker! Parker Jazz Club is 21+ music venue 

Great American Songbook Selections with the Parker House Band

Great American Songbook Selections with the Parker House Band

Sat, Apr 13

Duke Ellington’s storied residency at the infamous Cotton Club has become one of the enduring legends of jazz. In the grand tradition of Ellington and his Cotton Club Orchestra, the Parker Jazz Club House Band holds court at our own live jazz hotspot in downtown Austin. On weekends, the Parker House Band presents selections from the Great American Songbook—the canon of the most important and influential American popular songs and jazz standards from the early 20th century—our longstanding ensemble breathing life into already phenomenal, historical music. With pianist Ryan Davis, bassist Ben Triesch, drummer Jeremy Bruch, and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kris Kimura, improvisation is king. Exceptional guest musicians frequently sit in, so no two shows are ever the same. Parker Jazz Club is 21+ music venue 

LASA High School Jazz Band

LASA High School Jazz Band

Sun, Apr 14

Texas Jazz Society Presents… The LASA High School Jazz Band under the direction of Ponder East. This is an ongoing series presented by Parker Jazz Club in conjunction with the Texas Jazz Society to provide opportunities for local area high school programs to perform and raise money for their music programs. 100% of ticket sales go directly back to the high school! All of these concerts are livestreamed for family and friends for free. Please consider helping us support these fine young musicians! 

Celebrating Sinatra! with the Bryan Anthony Quartet

Celebrating Sinatra! with the Bryan Anthony Quartet

Mon, Apr 15

Join us monthly as we “Celebrate Sinatra.” Every month will we will be bringing you a new show with both hits you’ll remember as well as a deep dive into the Sinatra songbook with stories and anecdotes surrounding the songs and recordings. Charismatic crooner Bryan Anthony keeps the legacy of the Great Gentlemen of Song (especially Sinatra) alive and well in his immensely satisfying and sweetly nostalgic performances. A veteran vocalist of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Anthony provides stunning homages to the Swing Era for contemporary audiences. Parker Jazz Club is 21+ music venue 

Parker Presents: Ari Hoenig!

Parker Presents: Ari Hoenig!

Tue, Apr 16

Ari Hoenig is a jazz drummer, composer, and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasizing complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members. Ari is widely noted particularly for his drumming not being relegated to just keeping tempo, or being a side issue to the music he plays in, but rather for elevating drumming as an indispensable part of the performance. Ari Hoenig Trio Ari Hoenig-drums Gadi Lehavi-piano Ben Tiberio-bass 

Temple High School Highlighters

Temple High School Highlighters

Sun, Apr 21

Texas Jazz Society Presents… The Temple Highlighters Jazz Band under the direction of Marcos Duran. This is an ongoing series presented by Parker Jazz Club in conjunction with the Texas Jazz Society to provide opportunities for local area high school programs to perform and raise money for their music programs. 100% of ticket sales go directly back to the high school! All of these concerts are livestreamed for family and friends for free. Please consider helping us support these fine young musicians! Temple High School is home to the oldest jazz curriculum in the state of Texas. Since 1952, jazz education has been part of the Temple ISD fine arts curriculum with dedicated class periods at the high school and middle school levels under the guidance of founding director, Durward Howard. Today, the Temple Highlighters continue to serve as the premier jazz ensemble of Temple High School. They study and perform the big band repertoire of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Sammy Nestico, Thad Jones, Charles Mingus, Stan Kenton, Maria Schneider, Darcy James Argue, and more. The band has received local, state, and national recognition for their performances at the Essentially Ellington Festival and Competition, The Charles Mingus Festival, Savannah (GA) Swing Central, the Basically Basie Competition, and the Jazz Education Network National Conference. In 2022, the Temple Highlighters were winners of the PERFORM WITH MINTZER competition where they hosted Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Bob Mintzer for a clinic and concert. The Temple Highlighters are currently under the direction of Marcos Duran. Mr. Duran was a member of the band from 2001-2003 and is the first alumni to serve as the director of this group. Mr. Duran also serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Jazz Educations Association. 

Jeff Hamilton Trio

Jeff Hamilton Trio

Mon, Apr 22

The Jeff Hamilton Trio Originality is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand, whether he is recording or performing with his trio, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and countless others. The Jeff Hamilton Trio’s recording, It’s Hamilton Time, received enormous airplay while reaching #5 on the Gavin national jazz radio chart. The trio’s second release, Jeff Hamilton Trio-LIVE! was nominated by critics for best jazz recording in Germany in 1997. The trio’s second MONS release was entitled, Hands On. Hamilton House-Live at Steamers was the trio’s 2000 release. 

UT Jazz Orchestra - Performing Benny Carter's "Kansas City Suite"

UT Jazz Orchestra - Performing Benny Carter's "Kansas City Suite"

Tue, Apr 23

Join us for a performance by the Jazz Orchestra from the University of Texas Butler School of Music led by Diego Rivera! 

Parker Jazz Club Presents: Alyssa Allgood!

Parker Jazz Club Presents: Alyssa Allgood!

Wed, Apr 24

"…she sings with a depth beyond her years.…assured and daring.” - DownBeat Magazine Alyssa Allgood is a Chicago-based jazz vocalist, composer, arranger and educator who has been described as “assured and daring” by DownBeat Magazine and a “model of sophisticated song interpretation” by the Chicago Tribune. She brings a modern approach to the jazz tradition with her original compositions, captivating arrangements, and lyrical focus of self-love and human connection. Allgood is set to release her highly anticipated album of original music in Spring 2024, which features internationally acclaimed musicians John Patitucci, Kendrick Scott, Geoffrey Keezer and Greg Ward. Her previous albums, What Tomorrow Brings (Cellar Music 2021), Exactly Like You (Cellar Music 2018), and Out of the Blue (Self-released 2016), garnered Allgood praise for her lyrical expression, instrumental approach, and accomplished scat and vocalese singing. Wielding her instrument with extraordinary nuance and depth, Allgood has established herself as a leading voice in Chicago’s vibrant jazz scene and beyond. She has appeared at such distinguished venues as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Club in Shanghai, Birdland Jazz Club, the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Green Mill, the Jazz Showcase, Winter’s Jazz Club, the Jazz Estate and Noce Jazz Club. She won the Inaugural Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Voice Competition (2017) and the David Baker Memorial Scholarship through the Jazz Education Network (2022). She was also named Best Jazz Entertainer in the Chicago Music Awards (2019), a Luminarts Cultural Foundation Jazz Improvisation Fellow (2016), and a Semifinalist in the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition (2015), where she performed for a jury presided by jazz legend Al Jarreau. Allgood is a passionate educator who empowers her students to learn with intention and curiosity while building community and inspiring mindfulness through the jazz artform. She works as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the vocal jazz ensemble, teaches private lessons, and teaches a jazz arranging course. She is a highly sought-after clinician and has presented masterclasses at many esteemed institutions including the Jazz Education Network Conference, the Illinois Music Educators Association, the Iowa Choral Directors Association, Anchor Music’s Vocal Jazz Academy, Jazzvoice.com, the University of Chicago and Drake University. We'd love to see you at the show! 

The Copa Kings

The Copa Kings

Thu, Apr 25

Join us at Parker Jazz Club for a night of swingin' Rat Pack music reminiscent of Las Vegas in its prime! The Copa Kings were formed out of a desire to breathe new life into some of the great jazz standards of the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. With great reverence, the band brings a unique passion, artistry, and flair to the jazz music of this period. Led by frontman Billy Murphy, the Austin-based Copa Kings pay homage to some of our country’s greatest jazz songwriters and performers, including Frank, Billie, Ella, Louis (Armstrong and Jordan), Dean, and Ray. Parker Jazz Club is 21+ music venue 

New Orleans Night! A Mardi Gras Party with Kris Kimura & Friends

New Orleans Night! A Mardi Gras Party with Kris Kimura & Friends

Fri, Apr 26

Mardi Gras and the music of New Orleans is alive and well at Parker Jazz Club on Friday nights! Come celebrate the weekend with Kris Kimura, Ryan Davis, Ben Triesch, Jeremy Bruch, Brad Scheele, Erik Telford, and friends! Featuring classic New Orleans tunes from the traditional to the funky! We're following in the footsteps of our dear friends at Jazz, TX (San Antonio) and hoping to start our own New Orleans tradition at Parker! Parker Jazz Club is 21+ music venue 

PRIVATE EVENT

PRIVATE EVENT

Sat, Apr 27

We are closed for the evening to host a private event. Sorry for the inconvenience! If you’d like to have the club all to yourself for a night, let us know! events@parkerjazzclub.com 

PRIVATE EVENT

PRIVATE EVENT

Sun, Apr 28

We are closed for the evening to host a private event. Sorry for the inconvenience! If you’d like to have the club all to yourself for a night, let us know! events@parkerjazzclub.com 

International Jazz Day featuring the Wasabi Big Band!

International Jazz Day featuring the Wasabi Big Band!

Tue, Apr 30

International Jazz Day is April 30th! For our part, we will be re(assembling) the Wasabi Big Band to celebrate! This is a ten-piece "little" big band that is BIG on fun. The group performs music from the 1920's, 1930's, and the War-Era Big Band Music of the 1940's. Vocalist Jennifer Johnson is featured as well as Kris Kimura on vocals, woodwinds, and ukulele! This is a really fun band and we'd love to have you all come and help us celebrate International Jazz Day! 

The Copa Kings

The Copa Kings

Fri, May 03

Join us at Parker Jazz Club for a night of swingin' Rat Pack music reminiscent of Las Vegas in its prime! The Copa Kings were formed out of a desire to breathe new life into some of the great jazz standards of the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. With great reverence, the band brings a unique passion, artistry, and flair to the jazz music of this period. Led by frontman Billy Murphy, the Austin-based Copa Kings pay homage to some of our country’s greatest jazz songwriters and performers, including Frank, Billie, Ella, Louis (Armstrong and Jordan), Dean, and Ray. Parker Jazz Club is 21+ music venue 

Westwood High School Jazz Orchestra

Westwood High School Jazz Orchestra

Sun, May 05

Texas Jazz Society Presents… The Westwood High School Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Dan Bechdolt This is an ongoing series presented by Parker Jazz Club in conjunction with the Texas Jazz Society to provide opportunities for local area high school programs to perform and raise money for their music programs. 100% of ticket sales go directly back to the high school! All of these concerts are livestreamed for family and friends for free. Please consider helping us support these fine young musicians! 

McNeil High School Jazz Orchestra

McNeil High School Jazz Orchestra

Sun, May 05

Texas Jazz Society Presents… The McNeil High School Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Dan Bechdolt This is an ongoing series presented by Parker Jazz Club in conjunction with the Texas Jazz Society to provide opportunities for local area high school programs to perform and raise money for their music programs. 100% of ticket sales go directly back to the high school! All of these concerts are livestreamed for family and friends for free. Please consider helping us support these fine young musicians! 

Austin Cabaret Theatre Presents... Kelly Clinton!

Austin Cabaret Theatre Presents... Kelly Clinton!

Mon, May 06

If you could combine Ann-Margret, Charo, and Joan Rivers, you would be half-way to the force of nature that is Kelly Clinton! Superbly funny and outrageously talented, she is the "entertainer's entertainer!" Join us for an evening of song, stories, and laughter that you'll never forget! 

Kurt Elling and Danilo Pérez

Kurt Elling and Danilo Pérez

Wed, May 08

One night only! Shows at 7:00 and 9:30. Kurt Elling: Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, two-time GRAMMY winner Kurt Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. The New York Times proclaimed Elling, “the standout male vocalist of our time”. Over a twenty-five year career of touring and recording, Elling has won three Prix du Jazz Vocal (France), two German Echo Awards, two Dutch Edison Awards, and has been nominated for a GRAMMY award sixteen times. He has had a 14-year run atop the DownBeat Critics and Readers polls, and has won twelve Jazz Journalists Awards for “Male Vocalist of the Year”. Kurt Elling’s voice is instantly recognizable, embracing listeners with his warm, rich baritone and navigating the full span of his four-octave range as a virtuoso improvisor and a compelling storyteller. The Guardian (UK) has named Kurt Elling, “a kind of Sinatra with superpowers,” and, “one of jazz’s all-time great vocalists.” Elling has recorded and toured with Branford Marsalis, Danilo Perez, Stefon Harris, Fred Hersch, James Morrison, and Charlie Hunter. He has performed extensively with larger ensembles like The Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra, The National Youth Orchestra (led by Sean Jones), The Bob Mintzer Big Band, The BBC Concert Symphony (led by Guy Barker) The Metropole Orchestra (Holland), The Irish Radio and Television Orchestra (led by Brian Byrne), The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, and The WDR Orchestra and Big Band (Germany). The Wall Street Journal said, “Elling combines authenticity with stunning originality.” The Washington Post declared that, “since the mid-1990s, no singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic or interesting as Kurt Elling.” Elling’s dynamism is enhanced exponentially by the fact that he consistently generates new vocal material by writing and recording signature and definitive lyrics to the compositions of foundational jazz composers like John Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Zawinul. Additionally, Kurt Elling has co-created multi-disciplinary performances for Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater and The City of Chicago. Jazz At Lincoln Center saw the world premier of The Big Blind, an entirely new jazz musical-in-progress Elling is co-writing with collaborator Phil Galdston (“Save The Best For Last”). National Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky declared that, “In Kurt Elling’s art, the voice of jazz gives new spiritual presence to the ancient, sweet and powerful bond between poetry and music.” Elling has toured the world in a variety of contexts, including UNESCO-sponsored “International Jazz Day” performances in Havana, Cuba, in St. Petersburg, Russia, in Melbourne, Australia and in Washington DC. He has twice performed at the White House, including a performance in collaboration with the late Marvin Hamlisch and the National Symphony Orchestra for President Obama’s first State Dinner. He has served as Artist-In-Residence at the Monterey and Singapore Jazz Festivals. As a music industry leader, Elling spent six years serving as a Trustee and two years as Vice Chairman of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Danilo Perez: As a solo artist and as a collaborator with jazz giants from Dizzy Gillespie to Wayne Shorter, for over three decades Grammy® Award Winning Panamanian Pianist-Composer Danilo Pérez has been lauded as one of the most creative forces in contemporary music. With Jazz as the anchoring foundation, Pérez’s Global Jazz music is a blend of Panamanian roots, Latin American folk music, West African rhythms, European impressionism – promoting music as a borderless and multidimensional bridge between all people. Born in Panama in 1965, Pérez started his musical studies when he was three years old with his father, a bandleader and singer. By age 10, he was studying the European classical piano repertoire at the National Conservatory in Panama. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in electronics in Panama, he studied jazz composition at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. While still a student, he performed with Jon Hendricks, Terence Blanchard, Slide Hampton, Claudio Roditi and Paquito D’Rivera. Quickly established as a young master, he soon toured and/or recorded with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie United Nations Orchestra from 1989-1992, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Lacy, Lee Konitz, Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Gary Burton, and Roy Haynes. In 1993, Pérez turned his focus to his own ensembles and recording projects, releasing several albums as a leader, earning Grammy® and Latin Grammy® nominations for Central Avenue (1998), Motherland (2000), Across The Crystal Sea (2008), and Providencia (2010). In 1996, he was signed by producer Tommy Lipuma to join the Impulse label and recorded Panamonk, a tribute to Thelonious Monk which according to DownBeat magazine is one of the most important piano albums in the history of jazz. Pérez’s album Central Avenue, featured mejoranera music (a style of Panamanian folklore singing) and was chosen as one of the 10 best recordings across genres by TIME Magazine in 1998. A collaboration between Pérez and the prolific composer and arranger Claus Ogerman, 2008’s Across The Crystal Sea was praised by The Guardian as, “So ultra-smooth it achieves something like a state of grace.” Ogerman said, “This is a record I wanted to make before I leave the planet.” Pérez made his Mack Avenue Records debut in 2010 with the release of Providencia. The album was nominated for a 2011 Grammy® Award in the category of Best Instrumental Jazz Album. Pérez joined the Wayne Shorter Quartet in 2010 with John Patitucci and Brian Blade. This latest iteration from Shorter has been known as a unique and predominant force in improvisational music both at their historic live performances and on several recordings. In 2018 Blue Note records released the highly anticipated EMANON from the Wayne Shorter Quartet which won a Grammy® in the category of Best Jazz Instrumental album in 2019. For several years Pérez has also been touring with his trio – featuring Ben Street and Adam Cruz – and with Children of the Light, a collaboration with fellow Wayne Shorter Quartet members John Patitucci and Brian Blade. Mack Avenue released the Children of the Light album in 2015 to great critical acclaim. Pérez’s current touring project, the Global Messengers, spreads the idea that music can serve as a natural remedy to unfortunate situations, providing an uplifting message, connection, and common ground. The ensemble features musicians from diverse cultural backgrounds, coming together to build community through music. As a composer, Pérez has been commissioned by The Lincoln Center, Chicago Jazz Festival, and Imani Winds Quintet, among others. His octet for members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela was commissioned by Carnegie Hall. In 2014, the Banff Centre commissioned Pérez to write a piano quintet for the Cecilia String Quartet titled "Camino de Cruces" and he also composed the music for the Museum of Biodiversity in Panama, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. In 2015, Pérez premiered another two new compositions: “Expeditions – Panamania 2015” was premiered at the Panamerican games in Toronto and his “Detroit World Suite – La Leyenda de Bayano” was premiered at the Detroit Jazz Festival. Pérez returns to the Detroit Jazz Festival in Fall 2019 for the world premiere of a new piece written for his Global Messengers ensemble and co-commissioned by the Detroit Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, National Forum of Music Wroclaw, and Koerner Hall at Royal Academy of Music Toronto. Pérez, who served as Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF, has received a variety of awards for his musical achievements, activism and social work efforts. He is a recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award in 2021, the United States Fellowship 2018, and the 2009 Smithsonian Legacy Award. He currently serves as UNESCO Artist for Peace, Cultural Ambassador to the Republic of Panama, Founder and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival, and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in Boston’s Berklee College of Music. 

Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few - Album Release!

Monte Warden & the Dangerous Few - Album Release!

Thu, May 16

Come join us in celebrating the release of an amazing new album by Monte warden and the Dangerous Few! In 2017, Monte Warden announced his new Americana project, Monte Warden and the Dangerous Few, a critically acclaimed project of all-original material showcasing Warden’s writing and vocals in the Jazz / Traditional Pop genre that Paste Magazine dubbed “The Great Americana Songbook,” while noting “Warden has created a sound that never before existed.” KUTX opined, “Imagine Gene Vincent singing Cole Porter.” The 2020 debut album received worldwide critical praise as well as first-ballot Grammy nominations in six categories, including Best Americana Album and Album of the Year. Parker Jazz Club is 21+ music venue 

Parker Jazz Club Presents: John Fedchock's "JJ Johnson Centennial Tribute"

Parker Jazz Club Presents: John Fedchock's "JJ Johnson Centennial Tribute"

Tue, May 28

“…dazzling trombone virtuosity…”
-THE NEW YORK TIMES “Fedchock achieves a sense of freedom and ease in his playing that defines true artistry.”
-INTERNATIONAL TROMBONE JOURNAL John Fedchock’s illustrious career in jazz has spanned over four decades. Since his emergence on the scene in 1980, Fedchock has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader, and a GRAMMY-nominated arranger. An in-demand performer and writer in New York City, his multifaceted talents have led him to become one of NYC’s premier jazz artists. His critically acclaimed John Fedchock New York Big Band’s recordings have appeared in jazz radio’s Top Ten and in recognition of his writing skills, Fedchock is a two-time GRAMMY nominee for Instrumental Arranging. Fedchock began his career touring with the legendary Woody Herman, also serving as chief arranger for Herman's last two GRAMMY-nominated albums. He has toured with T.S. Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Louie Bellson, Jon Faddis, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. As a solo artist, he appears throughout the United States and abroad and has been labeled by Hot House NYC magazine as, “one of the living masters of his instrument”.