"Tasty" Parker: New Orleans star drummer Zutty Singleton
called him "Tasty" because of the tasty, improvised licks
that come from Johnny's trumpet when he plays for delighted
audiences worldwide! Encouraged to play jazz trumpet by the great
bassist George Duvivier, after graduating from high school in
Flushing, Queens, Johnny Parker took his style to New York City's
legendary clubs on 52nd Street, then on the road with R&B
bandleaders Roosevelt Sykes ("the Honeydripper") and Sax
Kari. Johnny recorded with Sykes, singer Etta Jones, Gatemouth
Moore, Sy Oliver, and stepped in for Cat Anderson in Duke
Ellington's band. In the 1950s, Parker gigged with Sonny Rollins and
Thelonious Monk, and in the 1970s, with pianist Brooks Kerr and
famed drummer Sonny Greer. Tasty's credentials continue: he played
with Harry Connick, Jr. at the Algonquin Hotel, and with Terri
Thornton for the house jazz band at the Casa Bella Restaurant in
Little Italy. Johnny Parker is the quintessential New York City
music personality: this "strolling trumpeter" serenaded
clients at the famous Chelsea Place. His appearance on the
"Shining Star" video for Mesa/Blue Moon productions aired
on Black Entertainment Television and other cable television
stations. Catch Johnny "Tasty" Parker at Arthur's Tavern
Tuesday through Friday.
rankie Paris & Cold Sweat: Here's a taste of what the music world says about Frankie Paris: “Frankie Paris has a talent that cannot be denied. His hard driving vocals present a dialogue that touches the many aspects of blues and R&B,” - Sherman Holmes, The Holmes Brothers; “He's funky and funny and swings like crazy,” - “Blue” Lou Marini, Blues Brothers. Frankie Parish has been singing the blues and R&B to New York City audiences since 1962. He has played with the greats: Bo Diddley, Kenny Neal, Jimmy Johnson, and The Holmes Brothers; he has performed at the top: for James Earl Jones, Paul Newman and others; and he has traveled the world, headlining gigs across the United States, Switzerland and Germany. Frankie Parish formed and lead the house band on ABC television's Dana Carvey Show, and has performed at New York City's top venues including Birdland and Manny's Car Wash. His voice can be heard on ad spots for the Nickelodeon TV channel and on various radio advertisements. Frankie's energy, the unique style of his voice and his dynamic delivery, combined with the solid class of his musicians, creates an exciting experience for audiences everywhere he performs. Frankie Parish is at Arthur's Tavern with his band Cold Sweat, who recently released a top notch recording, “Right Around the Corner,” on the Bahoomba blues music label.
Ivan Bodley (Bassist) is a Magna Cum Laude Berklee College of Music graduate with diverse music industry experience. Specializing in a coustic, electric, fretted, fretless, four-string, five-string, eight-string, and piccolo basses , Ivan is a creative and versatile bassist, performer, producer, musical director, composer, arranger, vocalist, and instructor. He has solid professional experience in diverse musical genres from hip-hop to bebop.
Originally from Chattanooga , TN , Ivan has resided and worked in: New Orleans , Los Angeles , London , Boston , and is now based in New York City .
Ivan has performed in 23 countries to audiences of up to 30,000 people. He has toured and recorded with diverse artists such as (alphabetically): Solomon Burke, Chiffons, Coasters, Crystals, Spencer Davis, Bo Diddley, Drifters, Gloria Gaynor, Ben E. King, Marvelettes, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), Platters, Buster Poindexter, Martha Reeves, Santana, Shangri-Las, Shirelles, Percy Sledge, Rufus & Carla Thomas, Tokens, Uptown Horns, and Peter Wolf.
Ivan has a BA in Psychology from Tulane University , where he was Musical Director of college radio station WTUL, New Orleans . He was also a publicist with Epic Records/Sony Music.
Ivan endorses and uses Warrior basses, Hartke amplification, Dean Markley strings, and Line 6 signal processors exclusively. Ivan eats only Little Debbie snack cakes.
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