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ERROL PARKER
ERROL PARKER
 
 
 
 
AGE 72
June 2, 1998
 LIVER CANCER
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Obituary:
Errol Parker, 72, Jazz Drummer and Pianist
 

          The jazz drummer, pianist and composer Errol Parker, whose thick and highly arranged music
          doggedly confirmed African connections in jazz, died at Cabrini Hospice in Manhattan on
          Thursday.

          He was 72 and lived in Manhattan.

          The cause was liver cancer, said his daughter, the composer Elodie Lauten.

          Parker was born Raphel Schecroun in Oran, Algeria, which was then French.

          He fought in the French Army in World War II, and in Paris he studied sculpture at the École des
          Beaux-Arts.

          A self-taught pianist, he played with Django Reinhardt while in Paris in his mid-20's and later played
          with James Moody, Don Byas and Kenny Clarke.

          In 1964 he wrote the song "Lorre," a classical-jazz piece that became a hit in France. He moved to
          New York City in 1967 and started his own record label (Sahara Records), on which he issued
          more than a dozen records. He finally switched to drums to realize his vision of a North African style
          of jazz drumming, with minimal cymbals and a conga drum in place of snare. In 1983, he formed the
          Errol Parker Tentet, one of the more innovative bands of the 1980's. He wrote a memoir published
          by Cadence Books in 1995 and by Filipacchi in France the next year.

          Parker died shortly after hearing his music performed by the Errol Parker Tentet at St. Peter's
          Church, at a benefit concert on Tuesday.

          In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his sister, Janine Beisson, of Gif-sur-Yvette, France.
 

Copyright 1998 The New York Times Company

 
 




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Links:
A Flat Tire On My Ass, the Autobiography of Errol Parker
 
Review of A Flat Tire On My Ass for Jazz Now
 
Doug Schulkind's Parker Obituary for WFMU
 
Errol's Daughter, Elodie Lauten's, Page
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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