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. As jazz composer and music historian Gunther Schuller once noted, “The one truism about jazz is that it remains distinguishable not by what is played but by how it is played.” At Parker, the genius of the music plays out beautifully in 4/4 time at the expert hands of pianist Ryan Davis, bassist Ben Triesch, drummer Jeremy Bruch, and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kris Kimura. Improvisation is king, and exceptional guest musicians frequently sit in, so no two shows are ever the same. Lavish lighting and the best sound in the city (designed by Steve Durr Designs) are engineered by Mac McDonnell.
MAKE YOUR RESERVATION
Tickets are $30. Reservations are required. No refunds.
The show will also be available via livestream at parkerjazzclub.com/livestream, generously sponsored by local nonprofit Texas Jazz Society. Online donations are welcome—all proceeds benefit Texas Jazz Society’s mission to keep jazz alive and thriving in Texas.
Parker continues to operate at limited capacity. Face masks are recommended. While dancing is not discouraged, please note that Parker does not have a dedicated dance floor.
GOOD TO KNOW
Your ticket guarantees your seat, but please note that table preference is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Though there’s not a bad seat in the house, if you have a specific table at which you want to be seated, arrive early.