Widely acclaimed for his dazzling percussive skills and innovative, bare-bones musical vision, Leon Parker is one of the most unique and well-respected masters of his instrument. In the 1990’s he performed regularly with Kenny Barron, Tom Harrell, Brad Mehldau, Jacky Terrasson and David Sanchez and soon was signed to a major label record deal as a bandleader. His 1998 second album for Columbia, Awakening, reached the 20th position on Billboard’s “Top Jazz Albums” chart.
In the 2000’s Parker moved to France and developed a very personal bodyrhythm and vocal percussion technique that he christened “embodirhythm”, and began performing and teaching embodirhythm worldwide. Since returning to NYC in 2015, Leon has been touring with such artists as Aaron Goldberg, Peter Bernstein and Brad Mehldau, and will release a new long-awaited album as a bandleader in the upcoming months.