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Gil Parris, Guitar

Performed or Recorded With:

David Sanborn
Bob James
Will Lee
Eric Alexander
Bob Malach
Syndicate of Soul
Joe Ferry's
Toko Furuuchi
Toni Braxton
Bakithi Kumalo
Harris Bros Horns
Vaneese Thomas
Joe Ferry
Chuck Jackson/Cissy Houston
Matt Jordan /Kelli Sae
Kati Mac
David Clayton Thomas

Featured Artist:

Gil Parris, Guitarist

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Guitar virtuoso Gil Parris he has played on over two-dozen national records and countless others with players like David Sanborn, Bob James, Will Lee, Eric Alexander and Bob Malach. Some of the highlights in his side-man discography are: "Syndicate of Soul" (on Shanachie Records with Dr. John, Wilbur Bascomb, and Corey Glover), "Bluesiana Hurricane" (with Chuck Rainey, Bill Doggett and Lester Bowie), "Skallelujah" (with the Uptown Horns), Toko Furuuchi's "Strength" (for SONY/Japan with an all-star cast of New York studio players), and Bakhiti Kumalo's solo CD (Paul Simon's bassist).

Gil's playing is influenced by sax, pedal steel and piano players, which gives him a fresh, unique style. Of his sound, Vintage Guitar writes, "a dazzling mix of jazz, funk and even countryÉParris' playing is so hot it avoids any cliches from those styles." His creative solo arrangement of "Pop Goes the Weasel," featured in the compilation, "Public Domain" garnered him a Grammy nomination in 2001 for Best Folk CD.

Gil can be seen performing in New York City and beyond with the Metropolitan area's top musicians. He has headlined performances at many prestigious New York venues, including B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square, Town Hall, Metropolitan Cafe, Smoke and 55 Bar.

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