Frank Parker

Chicago native drummer, nominated for two Grammy Awards.


Born in Harvey, Illinois, Frank Parker began playing the drums at the age of five. His musical talents were recognized by his family and soon after, Frank received his first drum set.

He developed his talent by playing with musicians from his neighborhood and also with the school band program. He attended Gwendolyn Brooks Jr. High School in Harvey, Illinois and Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois where he performed with the concert, marching, and jazz ensembles.

In 1991, Frank was selected as the top drummer for the Illinois Music Educators Association jazz program. He received a scholarship to attend Western Illinois University in 1991 and graduated in 1995 with a degree in music business.

He performed on two recordings with the university jazz ensemble, the Grammy nominated Jazz At The Crossroads and The Third Degree.

After graduation, Frank began performing full time with a number of ensembles which included The Chicago Jazz Ensemble , Jerry "The Iceman" Butler, The Orbert Davis Quartet, Patricia Barber, and Dee Alexander. In 1999, Frank joined the Kurt Elling Quartet with whom he performed internationally for five years and recorded the Grammy nominated cd, Man In the Air.

He has performed with ensembles which featured Benny Carter, Freddie Hubbard, Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Andy Bey, Mark Murphy, Joe Lovano, Bobby Watson, John Patitucci, Kevin Mohogany, Karl Denson, Jon Hendricks, Martin Short, Arturo Sandoval, and Chris Potter.

He has performed concerts throughout the United States, South America, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia and has been featured at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Sante Fe Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, Made in Chicago Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Pescara Jazz Festival, and the International Association of Jazz Educators Convention (IAJE).

Frank has also worked as a music educator teaching drums, percussion, and music business courses at Benedictine University and Columbia College. Currently, he is performing with Michal Urbaniak , Marcin Pospieszalski, Mike Parker's Trio Theory, Free Cooperation, Tie Break, and the Maciej Fortuna Trio. He also leads his own ensemble, the Frank Parker Project featuring music from the jazz, funk, dance, pop, Afro, Latin, dance, and electronic music styles.

Upcoming events

Michal Urbaniak ATMA Cieszyn Teatr im.A. Mickiewicza Poland
Marcin Krol w/Crayons Czestochowa Stacherczak Poland
Lukasz Kluzniak Band Boronów TBA venue details coming soon Poland
Tie Break Warsaw TBA venue details coming soon Poland

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