Chris Parker 3 – 11.25.14 – Thunderbird Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA

Chris Parker – guitar
Matt Booth – bass
Dave Throckmorton – drums

Last night, I was able to make a brief visit to the Thunderbird for this week’s Space Exchange featuring guitarist Chris Parker accompanied by Dave Throckmorton and Matt Booth.  I don’t know Chris personally but I heard that he had moved from Pittsburgh to Brooklyn a little while back, so his appearances at the Space Exchange series have been more scarce than in years past.  Maybe this is the reason that this was one of the most heavily attended Space Exchanges I’ve been to.  Or maybe it was just because Chris, Throck, and Booth are incredible musicians whom people should feel extremely fortunate to be able to see for free in such an intimate setting.

For the first time in a while, I did not go to the T-Bird alone!  In fact, the night turned into a mini-date of sorts with my lovely and amazing wife who doesn’t make it out to things like this very often these days.  She is not as big of a jazz fan as I am, but she really enjoyed the rootsy/alt-country/Americana vibe that Chris brings.  There aren’t too many bands that I can think of that can jump from a Sonny Rollins tune into something that sounds like (or was a cover of?) “Chris’s favorite band”, The Band.  It’s a unique blend and it works really well. A while back I posted a video of Chris playing Thelonious Monk‘s “Blue Monk” on slide guitar.  Again, nontraditional but really really good.

From the few songs that we were able to catch I could tell that this was a great night of music.  I wish we could have gotten to the T-Bird earlier and stayed later, but it was nice to see that there were a bunch of people there to hear this trio.  Parker has another Space Exchange scheduled for 12/23 where he’ll play Christmas music accompanied by Ben Opie, Paul Thompson, and Dave Throckmorton.

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