Bradley Parker-Sparrow






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SPARROW a life of music….press 1980-2006



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"A musical fixture on the Chicago scene"
Bill Campbell-ABC-7 "Chicagoing"-2005

"…that's a little more "out there," as we used to say… it's a remarkable piece of work, though… from bradley parker-sparrow, one of the great songwriters and performers in town.
Rick Kogan of WG Radio-AM-720

" The Light"... one of the most innovative compositions to come along in a long while."
Lee Prosser-Jazz

"The Light"'s food for thought...Sparrow opens doors everywhere..."
Jim Santella-All About

"Pianist, composer, poet and producer.."
Neil Tesser-The Chicago Reader-2004

"Florid romantic pieces rumbled mightily..."
Kevin Whithead-The Chicago Sun-Times-2004

"A multitasking pro"
Andy Argyrakis-The Chicago Tribune-2003

"A Classic"
Lee Prosser-Jazz CD Review-2002 (We Are Not Machines-CD and Soundtrack)

Hillarie S. Grey-JazzTimes-2002 (We Are Not Machines-CD and

"Avant-garde contemporary art"
SAK-Film Score Monthly -2002 (We Are Not Machines-CD and

"Someone you should know"
Harry Porterfield-ABC-TV-2000

"Super autodidactic"
Achy Obejas-The Chicago Tribune-1996 (Waiting For The Man-Film Score)

"Austere elegance"
Martin Johnson-1996-Down Beat (Solo Sparrow CD)

"Sparrow is one of Chicago's originals, he does not follow the fashion of the day, but his own north star."
Studs Terkel-WFMT-1995 ( Solo Sparrow CD)

"Sparrow Battles corporate control of music with a mix of jazz, classical and opera"
David Witter-New City 1992

"Raised on the city's South Side (Chicago) he began banging on the piano at age 7, in exchange for running errands for a disabled woman who lived down the street."
Hugh Hart-The Chicago Tribune 1991

"Ambitiously undertaken and well performed musical work"
Tom Nuccio-The Illinois Entertainer-1992 (The Desert Rat Suite-CD)

"Intriguing and beguiling..the unity of the piece holds ones interest"
Jack Fuller-The Chicago Tribune-1991 (The Desert Rat Suite-CD)

"A pragmatic visionary"
June Sawyers-The Chicago Tribune-1991

"A sprawling ambitious piece of future shock"
Lloyd Sachs-The Chicago Sun-Times-1991 (The Desert Rat-CD)

"A wild album on a wild label"
Robert Henschen-Down Beat 1982 (Sparrow AM/FM-LP)

"That sparrow will someday become a national figure becomes more likely"
Larry Kart-The Chicago Tribune 1982

"Insistently rhythmic approach to the keyboard"
Neil Tesser-The Chicago Sun-Times 1980 (Latin Black-LP)

"A deft combination of classical and free form"
Polly Ulrich-The Chicago Sun-Times-1980 (Latin Black LP)


SPARROW a life of music....

Bradley Parker-Sparrow
Composer/Pianist/Recording Engineer
3501 N. Southport
Chicago, Illinois 60657-1435
773-281-8510 (office)
773-472-1632 (home)
773-472-4330 (fax)

*Pianist, composer, recording engineer, record producer, writer, real estate company owner/partner and general contractor/construction.
*Partner in Sparrow Sound Design Recording Studio, Southport Records, Northport Records and Real Buildings Real Estate and Construction Company.
*Born in Chicago in 1954, self taught in all disciplines.
*As a pianist/composer, held the position of composer-in-residence for The City Of Chicago in 1979 and 1980.
*Founded Sparrow Sound Design Recording Studio and Production Facility in 1977.
*As an engineer and/or producer, recorded over 200 album projects including: The Leaders, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Von Freeman, Little Milton, Yusef Lateef, Willie Pickens, Bob Dorough, Big Moose Walker, Richie Cole, The Mighty Blue Kings, George Freeman, Tatsu Aoki, Malachi Favors, Francis Wong, Erwin Helfer, Don Moye, Bobby Lewis, Howard Levy, Fareed Haque, Geoffrey Douglas Madge, George Flynn, Johnny Frigo and King Fleming.

As a partner of the Chicago based SOUTHPORT records, Sparrow has produced 90 album projects that exist within the label catalog.
His first release as a leader is "Sparrow - LATIN BLACK," from 1979.


As a pianist-composer Sparrow's compositions appear on his own recordings (Latin Black, AM/FM, Inside/Out, The Desert Rat Suite, Solo Sparrow, We Are Not Machines, Canned Beer, The Light and Shut Eye) and over 20 CDs for other artists. He has scored 5 feature length films, various documentaries and composed ballets for Joseph Holmes, MoMing and The Chicago Dance Medium.

Performances include The Chicago Jazz Festival, ChicagoFest, Taste of Chicago, Katerina's, The Bop Shop, The Green Mill, The Asian American Jazz Festival in San Francisco, Duke University, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Columbia College, The Jazz Showcase and Orchestra Hall in Chicago.

As a writer Sparrow's articles and reviews have appeared in Down
Beat, CD Review Film Score Monthly and JazzTimes. He has
written 3 full length plays, 2 screenplays and lyrics for over 100 songs.

His one act play "The Silence" was performed and premiered at Navy Pier in 1985. His three act play "The Bar" received a full reading at Victory Gardens Theatre.

In the area of building construction Sparrow was general contractor and carpenter in the building of the new Sparrow Sound Design recording complex in 1983. All 7 units in the turn of the century building were restored and physically corrected to code (in Lakeview, Chicago). Most recently the restoration of a late Victorian 2-flat was completed by his company, REAL BUILDINGS.

QUOTE: "The modern artist sees no difference between the construction of a song or the construction of a building. Intellectual labor co-exists with physical labor. There is poetry in the formation of art and the formation of room design. Sweat is a part of art, and art needs physical tension. The modern artist must be diverse in order to exist in the modern corporate world."

SPARROW composition, performance & production "On 'Solo,' Sparrow ranges from austere elegance to nearly florid romanticism...
elegiac and affecting.."
Martin Johnson - DownBeat - July 1996 ***
3 stars

1977- The City Of Chicago, Chicago Council On Fine Arts - 3 Ballets, Navy Pier The City Of Chicago Dance Ensemble-"Duet For 2 Bassoons," "String Quartet #1"-Solo Piano
1978- MoMing - 2 Ballets for Jackie Radis
1979- Lois Royne-Jackie Radis - "Love & Hate" World Premiere, MoMing
1980- The City Of Chicago, Chicago Council On Fine Arts "Strange Food And Orchestras" A Ballet and Fantasy Drama, World Premiere.
1980-The Joseph Holmes Dance Theatre - "Ballet For Small Ensemble" World Premiere Joseph Holmes, choreographer.
1981- MoMing-Jackie Radis, Dance and Piano Duos
1984- The Joseph Holmes Dance Theatre "Options" World Premiere Joseph Holmes, choreographer.
1994-The Chicago Dance Medium "Buildings," A Children's Ballet Rosemary Doolas, choreographer
1999-The Chicago Dance Medium "Life," A Ballet, Rosemary Doolas, choreographer 2002-The Chicago Dance Medium "Street Ballet", Rosemary Doolas, Choreographer

1991- "The Blind Lead," John Covert-director (Feature Film Score).
1994- "Peoria Babylon," Steve Diller-director, with Ann Cusack (Feature Film Score).
1995- "Waiting For The Man," John Covert-director (Feature Film Score).
1996- "In The Shadow Of Memory," Jacky Comforty-director (WW II documentary of Lidice, Czechoslovakia)
1996- "There Are No Sharks On The Desert," Michael Hess- director (Film Short)
2001- "Watch," John Covert-director (Feature Film)

2006 "Shut Eye" John Covert-director (Feature Film Score)

1976- Truman College, One Act Play "Alone" (also wrote script)
1977- Navy Pier, "The Silence," starring Clarenda Johnson & Joanie Pallatto (also wrote script).
1980- Victory Gardens Theater, "The Bar" (also wrote script).
1993- Mary Archie Theater Co. "Screwtape" (composer of music)
1995- "Amusical", full length musical (also wrote book and script).

1979- "Latin Black" - Sparrow (LP)
1982- "Sparrow AM/FM" - Sparrow (LP)
1983 "Randy's Blues" - Randall Murray (LP; producer, pianist-composer-photographer)
1986 "Whisper Not" - Joanie Pallatto (LP; producer, pianist-composer)
1991 "Inside Out" - Sparrow Shortwave (CASSETTE)
1991 "The Desert Rat Suite" - Sparrow Shortwave (CD)
1992 "Today!" - Eden Atwood (CD; producer, pianist-composer)
1994 "Who Wrote This Song?" - Joanie Pallatto (CD; producer, pianist-composer)
1994 "Brazilian Heart" - April Aloisio (CD; producer, pianist-composer-photographer)
1994 "Kioto" - Tatsu Aoki (CD; engineer)
1995 "If It Wasn't For Paul" - Tatsu Aoki & Sparrow (CD; pianist-composer)
1995 "Solo Sparrow" - Bradley Parker-Sparrow (CD)
1995 "Passing Tones" - Joanie Pallatto (CD; producer, pianist-composer-photographer)
1996 "Urban Reception" (CD; producer, engineer, photographer)
1996 "Fire with Von Freeman" - Von Freeman, Tatsu, Mike Raynor, Sparrow (CD; pianist-composer)
1996 "We Belong Together" - Linda Tate, vocals (CD; producer, pianist-composer)
1996 "Afrikan Song" - With Don Moye and Sun Percussion (producer-engineer, AECO/SOUTHPORT CD series.)
1996 "Footprints" - April Aloisio, vocals (CD; producer, pianist-composer)
"We Are Not Machines" (Film Score: "Watch," a John Covert Film; Producer-engineer pianist-synth and programming, with Joanie Pallatto, vocalist) "Canned Beer" engineer-pianist-Synth and programming, with Joanie Pallatto. "Reconstruction" Solo piano, a history in America.
2003 "Sparrow Inventions" Solo piano, new compositions.
2004 "The Light" CD of sound impressions with Joanie Pallatto, Eric Noden.
1977-2005 ~ Our CD labels of Southport & Northport have been very active in the last
25 years, with over 100 CDs released as of the summer of 2005.