CHRISTOPHER PARKER & KELLY HURT

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In September 1957, 61 years after the "separate but equal" ruling of Plessy vs. Ferguson, in Little Rock, Arkansas, nine Black high school students finally broke through the threshold of Little Rock Central High School after a month of facing protestors and blockades by the Arkansas National Guard. No Tears Suite, composed by Arkansas-native and music teacher Christopher Parker and his wife, jazz vocalist Kelley Hurt was initially written to commemorate and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine's historic enrollment and their continued courage and fortitude, which has inspired every generation thereafter.

When the piece premiered in September 2017, the group of Grammy award-winning drummer Brian Blade, bassist Bill Huntington, trumpeter Marc Franklin , and saxophonists Bobby LaVell (tenor) and Chad Fowler (alto) was so successful in communicating Hurt and Parker's vision, that the composers began to explore how they could continue to expand the No Tears Suite.

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CHRISTOPHER PARKER & KELLY HURT Christopher Parker / Kelley Hurt : No Tears Suite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Christopher Parker / Kelley Hurt : No Tears Suite
Avant-Garde Jazz 2020
CHRISTOPHER PARKER & KELLY HURT Kelley Hurt, Chad Fowler, Chris Parker, Bernard Santacruz, Anders Griffen, Bobby Lavell : Nothing But Love (The Music Of Frank Lowe) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kelley Hurt, Chad Fowler, Chris Parker, Bernard Santacruz, Anders Griffen, Bobby Lavell : Nothing But Love (The Music Of Frank Lowe)
Avant-Garde Jazz 2020
CHRISTOPHER PARKER & KELLY HURT Christopher Parker & The Band Of Guardian Angels : Soul Food album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Christopher Parker & The Band Of Guardian Angels : Soul Food
Avant-Garde Jazz 2021

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