Parker-Sparrow, Bradley [Parker, Bradley; Sparrow]
- Gary W. Kennedy
[Parker, Bradley; Sparrow]
(b Chicago, Sept 9, 1954). Pianist, composer, and record producer. He opened his own recording studio in Chicago in 1977 and later formed the jazz label Southport Records, which recorded primarily Chicago-based musicians. That same year he began scoring music for film, theater, and ballet. He was an artist-in-residence for the city of Chicago in 1979–80. Parker-Sparrow has led the groups Sparrow, Sparrow AM/FM, and Sparrow Shortwave. In addition he has worked with his wife, the singer Joanie Pallato (from 1982), Von Freeman (from 1990), Hal Russell (1994), Tatsu Aoki (1990s), among others. He may be heard to advantage on his recording If It Wasn’t for Paul (1994, Southport 34).J. Hevrdejs: “New Nightclub Entices Singer Out of Studio,” Chicago Tribune (13 Oct 1989) H. Hart: “Hanging Out: Getting Needled is all Part of the Job for this Chicago Jazz Composer,” Chicago Tribune...