American jazz musician Anthony Sebastian "Tony" Campise (January 22, 1943 – March 7, 2010) was an especially gifted tenor saxophone and flute player, though he was renowned for his exceptional technique and fluid style on all reed instruments. A Houston native, Campise settled in Austin in 1984 after several years on the road with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Besides a five-nights-a-week gig on Sixth Street, he also backed such legends as Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan.
A great listener and natural mentor, Campise greatly influenced musicians including John Mills, Kris Kimura, and Elias Haslanger. "He had that blazing technique. We were all in awe of his musicianship, but what set Tony apart from, say, a Charlie Parker, was the humor and pure joy he brought to his playing," says musician and friend Michael Mordecai.
In a great loss to the jazz community in Austin and far beyond, as well as the jazz artform itself, Campise died after suffering a brain hemorrhage. The urn containing his remains is currently displayed in a prominent glass case at the top of the stage pillar in Austin's Elephant Room jazz club, where he frequently performed as a musician. Above the urn is painted in large black letters on white background: "THE REMAINS OF TONY CAMPISE," a play on one of his common self-introductions: "... and I am the remains of Tony Campise."
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Tickets are $30. Reservations are required. No refunds.
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
Our show starts at 8pm and doors open at 7pm. 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.