ROBERT PARKS ... “mellow baritone, classy, romantic vocals in a smooth bossa pop/jazz ... Michael Franks meets Joao Gilberto style” with warm bossa guitar, Benjamin Morrow drums, Birch Pereira bass and Dave Delongewicz tenor sax & flute.
Robert has just released his first solo jazz/bossa/pop album featuring Richard Cole, Chad McCullough, Benjamin Morrow, Ed Littlefield, Birch Pereira, Jason Flores, David Servias, Dave Pascal, and vocal guests Carrie Wicks and Susan Parks.
Singer/songwriter raised in California and weaned on Herb Alpert, Louis Armstrong, Jobim, Burt Bacharach, Michael Franks, Broadway Musicals, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin... and a player piano with the paper rolls in dusty cardboard boxes with faded standard titles like Hello Dolly, Girl from Ipanema and Mac the Knife. From a musical family with sometimes, piano, drums, trumpet and the stereo all happily orchestrating a chaotic symphony from different rooms of the house.
Early years were occupied with the trumpet in school bands and orchestras and also singing in choirs in the bay area of California and later attended Lionel Hampton School of Music for music theory. Developed Ala Zingara, a mediterranean spiced folk rock band - writes and mostly plays the bouzouki.
“Seu Ser” (an environmental bossa song for the Amazon), has aired on Seattle stations KMTT Sunday Brunch show and KBCS and was chosen as the soundtrack to a promotional video for Cornish University for the Arts.
“On average, 20 or so CDs arrive at the EW office each week with an average of 10 songs on each one. 200 songs a week times 50 work weeks means I listen to about 10,000 songs a year. Sometimes only for 10 seconds, but I listen to them all. Ala Zingara's lead singer, bouzouki player and acoustic guitarist Robert Parks wrote one of the three best songs I heard in all of 2004, "Because the Silence."”... Melissa Bearns, Eugene Weekly 7/21/05.