Chris Parker Trio at the Sugar Bar with 15 Year Old Bassist Daryl Johns… Born in Chicago, Chris Parker was playing drums at age three and began performing his first professional gigs at eleven. At nineteen, Parker began recording and touring with blues great, Paul Butterfield and then broke into the New York studio scene in 1970, doing records, movie scores and filling the drum chair at Saturday Night Live.
Daryl Johns, a rising jazz star, is a 15 Year old bassist who has been featured on a MY9 TVsegment in 2009 titled “12 Year Old Jazz Prodigy” & featured in the NJ Bergen Suburbanite Newspaper in a full page article titled “Big Time Player, Local Jazz Prodigy Makes His Mark.” He was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition and came in honorable mention. T.S. Monk wrote, “Daryl represents everything this music is about, his respect for the history belies his youth.”
Kyoko Oyobe is a pianist from Japan. She started playing piano at the age of four. At the age of seventeen, her mother started inviting famous Japanese musicians such as Terumasa Hino to have the concerts at her parent’s house. At the age of nineteen, she was greatly inspired by the live performance of Kensaku Tanikawa and began playing jazz piano. In 2000 she started traveling to New York. She studied under Frank Hewitt and Gil Coggins. In October 2005 she moved to New York and started performing at New York City’s renowned jazz clubs, such as Smalls jazz club and Fat Cat now regularly with her own band. In December 2008 she made a live recording of her original music with her trio at Smalls jazz club, and her album “ Cookin’ at Smalls ” was released in 2009.