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Jeff Parker

Jeff Parker

Guitarist Jeff Parker sees nothing unusual about his simultaneous membership in such diverse groups as Chicago post-rock kings Tortoise, current AACM heavies New Horizons Ensemble, jazz-funk experimentalists Isotope 217, as well as his frequent participation in all kinds of improvised gigs around the city. “Everybody’s always like, ‘You play with all of these different bands, but what do you really want to do?’,” Parker chuckles. “Right now, I’m doing exactly what I want to do.”

The 33-year-old guitarist didn’t have such clear notions when he first moved to Chicago in 1991, following a six-year stint in Boston where he studied at Berklee.

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