Ben Parrish is a guitarist, composer, arranger and educator currently based in Denver, CO. A Seattle native, he moved to Greeley in 2012 where he attended the University of Northern Colorado. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in jazz guitar and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in jazz guitar at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.
Ben plays in several different groups, including The Ben Parrish Quintet, Dart Echo, indie rock band Amazing Adventures, and the Lamont Jazz Orchestra. His studio experiences include work with The Cairn Project, UNC Lab Band I, and numerous other projects as a sideman and leader. His debut recording, “Song of the Forest” was released in 2015 and featured all original compositions.
The songs on Quiet Stream are about people, feelings, and passion in my life. “Bassaloping” is a musical representation of yo-yo-ing, one of my favorite hobbies. The fast paced nature of the yo-yo and the infinite possibilities for new tricks reflects both the nature of this piece and jazz as an art form.
Ben Parrish – guitar, Taylor Clay – tenor sax, Daryl Gott – alto sax, Hunter Roberts – bass, Kevin Matthews – drums, Camilla Vaitaitis – voice/keys