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Ben Parrish “Quiet Streams”

Ben Parrish – guitar
Taylor Clay – tenor sax
Daryl Gott – alto sax
Hunter Roberts – bass
Kevin Matthews – drums
Camilla Vaitaitis – voice/keys
The songs on Quiet Stream are about people, feelings, and passion in my life. “Bassaloping” is a musical representation of yo-yo-ing, one of my favorite hobbies. The fast paced nature of the yo-yo and the infinite possibilities for new tricks reflects both the nature of this piece and jazz as an art form. Homielodics is a play on Ornette Coleman’s theory of Harmolodics and is an ode to all the wonderful musicians that I’m delighted to call my friends. They inspire and surprise me all the time and they played their butts off on this recording! The Anti-Smell from Way Back When attempts to explain an unexplainable phenomenon regarding a nostalgic smell dating back from early childhood. Throughout the album, the theme of nature returns. This is depicted on the front cover drawn by Hunter Roberts. In this scene, a person sits in a state of peace as they partake in another one of my favorites hobbies, fishing. In the title track, vocalist/pianist Camilla Vaitaitis sings of the ongoing struggle between nature and humans. I hope you enjoy this album as much as I enjoyed writing and recording it with these amazing musicians!”
Ben Parrish is a guitarist, composer, arranger and educator currently based in Denver, CO. A Seattle native, he moved to Greeley in 2012 where he attended the University of Northern Colorado. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in jazz guitar and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in jazz guitar at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.
Ben plays in several different groups, including The Ben Parrish Quintet, Dart Echo, indie rock band Amazing Adventures, and the Lamont Jazz Orchestra. His studio experiences include work with The Cairn Project, UNC Lab Band I, and numerous other projects as a sideman and leader. His debut recording, “Song of the Forest” was released in 2015 and featured all original compositions. He has performed with musicians like Chris Potter, Debra Brown, and Brad Leali, and has experience performing on the Norwegian Jade cruise ship. In 2013, he won 1st place in the UNC Jazz Composition Contest. In 2018, he was a member of the Lamont Jazz Orchestra which won the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival. Ben currently plays throughout Denver in jazz settings, wedding bands, and rock groups both on guitar and bass.


Jan 24 2019


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm



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