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Jeff Parker (born April 4, 1967) is an American guitarist and composer based in Los Angeles.[1][2][3] Parker is best known as an experimental musician, working with jazz, electronic, rock, and improvisational groups.

Jeff Parker
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Background information
Born (1967-04-04) April 4, 1967 (age 52)
Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
GenresJazz, experimental, post-rock, free jazz
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, drum programming
Years active1991-present
LabelsDelmark, Atavistic, Thrill Jockey, International Anthem, Eremite Records
Associated actsTortoise, (AACM), Isotope 217, Chicago Underground

Also a multi-instrumentalist, Parker has been a member of the post-rock group Tortoise[4] since 1996, and was a founding member of Isotope 217 and the Chicago Underground Trio in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and has worked with George Lewis, Ernest Dawkins, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, Fred Anderson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Joey DeFrancesco, Smog (aka Bill Callahan), Carmen Lundy and Jason Moran.[5] A prolific sideman, he has also released five albums as a solo artist: Like-Coping, The Relatives, Bright Light in Winter, The New Breed, and Slight Freedom.[6]



As leaderEdit

With TortoiseEdit

  • TNT (Thrill Jockey, 1998)
  • In the Fishtank (In the Fishtank, 1999)
  • Standards (Thrill Jockey, 2001)
  • It's All Around You (Thrill Jockey, 2004)
  • The Brave and the Bold (Overcoat, 2006)
  • Beacons of Ancestorship (Thrill Jockey, 2009)
  • The Catastrophist (Thrill Jockey, 2016)[7]


  1. ^ Los Angeles Times. "Guitarist Jeff Parker leaves his comfort zone in relocating to L.A." Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  2. ^ NME Biography of Jeff Parker
  3. ^ Jeff Parker Interview on
  4. ^ NME Profile of Tortoise
  5. ^ BBC – Jazz Review – Jeff Parker, Like-Coping
  6. ^ a b "Jeff Parker Discography".
  7. ^ "Tortoise Discography".

F. Holt 2007. "Jeff Parker and the Chicago Jazz Scene." In: Genre in Popular Music. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.

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