Gene Parker’s professional career includes many performances; the highlights are listed below. He is currently teaching Jazz Studies at Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH and Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.
Musical Director; Composer; Arranger; Pianist; Muli- instrumentalist - Toledo Jazz Orchestra
Guest Artist - The Toledo Symphony, Detroit Symphony
Leader/Co-Leader - Gene Parker Quartet; Parker-Wolkins Big Band; Parker-Cook Quintet
Performed with J.C. Heard, John Trudell, Dizzy Gillespie, Bess Bonnier, Toledo Jazz Orchestra, Lou Rawls, - Montreaux Jazz Festival, Detroit, Michigan, Michigan Jazz Festival
Discography - Bess Bonnier - 1983, Winston Walls/Jack McDuff – 1994, Masters of Music Big Band Vol. 1 – 2006, Masters of Music Big Band Vol 1&2 – 2007, The Tartarsauce Traditional Jazz Band Plays the Arrangements of Chet Bogan & the Wolverine Jass Band - 2007
Toured/Backed/Performed with Dizzy Gillespie, J.C. Heard, Jack McDuff, Lou Rawls, Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, Billy Eckstein, Nancy Wilson, Jack Jones, Diane Carroll, Gladys Knight, Sammy Davis, Jr., Clark Terry, Bill Cosby, Wayne Newton, Buddy Greco, Steve Allen, Mel Torme, Ira Sullivan, Louis Bellison, and others
Leader of House Band - Degage Jazz Cafe, Rusty’s Jazz Cafe; Bozo’s Jazz Cafe; additional appearances at Bird of Paradise, Ann Arbor, The Vineyard (with Dizzy Gillespie and J.C. Heard), Detroit, Michigan
Featured Musician - numerous summer concerts, jazz clubs and jazz festivals.
Toured with “The Three Irish Tenors” playing flute, piccolo, cornet and penny whistles.
Currently performing four to six times a week with my combo and free lancing.