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Sunday Night Jazz: Ryan Parker Album Release Celebration
Sun, Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm
Doors at 5pm | Show at 6pm
About Ryan Parker & The Press Room Trio
The Press Room house trio concept (currently comprised of pianist Ryan Parker, bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa, and drummer Les Harris, Jr,) has long been a fixture of the Sunday Night Jazz series. On this night the trio is joined by four of the areas top horn players to help celebrate Parker’s newest recording, “The Music Of James Williams: Be Real Special”. Pianist James Williams was a household name on the jazz scene (and an important ambassador to UNH and the Press Room) since the 1970’s, until his untimely death at the age of 53 in 2004. This recording marks the first ever retrospective of his music and is presented here with new arrangements by Parker.
Ryan Parker: Piano | Keala Kaumeheiwa: Bass | Les Harris Jr: Drums | Tom Palance: Trumpet | Nate Jorgensen: Alto | Marc LaForce: Tenor | Chris Oberholtzer: Trombone
About Sunday Night Jazz
As legendary as The Press Room itself, the Sunday Night Jazz series has been a staple of the Seacoast jazz scene almost forty years. Born out of Press Room founder Jay Smith’s admiration for pianist Tommy Gallant, the weekly series boasted a house rhythm section of Gallant, Jim Howe, and Les Harris Sr. Across hundreds and hundreds of shows, the trio backed a rotating cast of local, regional, and nationally-recognized players.
For the past decade pianist Ryan Parker has carried the torch, bringing the storied tradition to a new generation of players and listeners, and showcasing some of the best jazz in the Seacoast at The Press Room every Sunday night. Current house band, featuring Ryan Parker, bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa, and drummer Les Harris. Jr., lays down the rhythm most evenings.