Gene Parker Quartet
Tunes from the American Songbook
Standards and Jazz Standards
Gene Parker (saxophone) has been a professional musician in the Toledo area for 50 years. A true multi-instrumentalist, Gene teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute, vibraphone, bass, piano, trumpet, trombone, B3 Hammond Organ, electronic keyboards, Latin percussion, and midi instruments. Currently, Mr. Parker is instructor of Jazz Studies at Ohio Northern University.
Gene is highly in demand as a performer throughout the Mid-West and has worked with many famous artists. He has extensive experience as a studio musician, and has appeared as a guest artist with the Toledo Symphony and other area orchestras.
Damen Cook (drums) is a young man who has been playing jazz since he was even much younger. "My father was a jazz guitarist and I learned from him." Damen, however, did not take up the guitar. He became a drummer instead - a good one. At one time, he played with Martha Reeves and Vandellas in Detroit. He says he has had many influences in his music including R & B and rock, but his passion is jazz .
Jeff Halsey (bass) is Professor and director of Jazz Lab Band II at Bowling Green State University where he teaches jazz history and improvisation, as well as applied jazz bass studies. He has toured Europe and the United States performing with such artists as Tommy Flanagan, Jimmie Forrest, Clark Terry, Jay McShann, J.C. Heard, Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval and Stanley Cowell. Halsey also appears with the BGSU faculty jazz ensemble.
Chris Buzzelli (guitar) is a faculty member at Bowling Green State University where he teaches guitar, guitar ensembles, jazz studies courses and is director of the guitar program and vocal jazz ensemble. Chris has written articles for Jazz Educators Journal, Just Jazz Guitar and American String Teacher and has published a number of arrangements and original compositions for solo jazz guitar and jazz guitar ensemble. He holds a master’s degree from the University of North Texas, where he was a recipient of scholarships in both jazz and classical guitar performance.