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Sparrow Sound Design

1977 - 2023
46 Years Of Sound Service


Sparrow Sound Design
3501 North Southport, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: 773-281-8510
Fax: 773-472-4330


CD Production
Film Scoring
Ballet and Theater Composition
Music and Lyric Composition and Arranging

Owners: Bradley Parker-Sparrow and Joanie Pallatto

Engineers: Sparrow, Joanie, Todd Carter


Rates and Services available on request. Call 773- 281-8510.


(9' Baldwin SD-10 moves to the new Sparrow Sound Design-2006)

Southport Records A Brief History
The Southport Records Story....

"Southport Records prides itself on taking risks" Neil Tesser, The New York Times

Southport Records is a Chicago based record label and division of Sparrow Sound Design Recording Studio, founded in 1977.

Bradley Parker-Sparrow is a prolific pianist, composer, producer, recording engineer and label owner. He co-owns Southport Records with his partner and wife, singer/composer/producer/engineer Joanie Pallatto.

In 1977, at the age of 23, Sparrow established Sparrow Sound Design Recording Studio, where many artists have recorded since, including The Art Ensemble of Chicago,Yusef Lateef, and Richie Cole. In 1979 he opened his own recording label, Sparrow Sound Design Records, which is dedicated to documenting Chicago's versatile and fruitful jazz scene. Sparrow Sound Design was one of the first minority/musician run and owned recording studios in the United States, recording numerous artists and labels that include AECO Records, Concord Jazz, Flying Fish, Universal, SteepleChase and Delmark Records. To this date Sparrow Sound Design recording studio has one of the largest collection of vintage Neumann and AKG tube microphones in the world.

In 1982 Sparrow married singer Joanie Pallatto (she joined the Sparrow band!) Together they moved Sparrow Sound Design from North Dayton street to 3501 N. Southport in Chicago, re-branding the record label "Southport Records."

Southport Records is one of the first musician/minority/female owned Record labels in the United States with over 150 LP's, cassettes, CDs and films in print. The focus has been new music from Chicago. This includes all forms of Jazz, Latin, Blues, Modern Classical-New Music and Ethnic.

Artists on the Southport Records label include:
Bob Acri-April Aloisio-Fred Anderson-Tatsu Aoki-Eden Atwood-Bruce Bendinger-Don Bennett-Alexandra Billings-Joel Brandon-Wagner Campos-Rich Cantú-Francesco Crosara-Katherine Davis-Eugenia Elliott-Josie Falbo-Mark Fechner-Roderick Ferguson-Harold Fethe-King Fleming-David Flippo-George Flynn-Chico Freeman-George Freeman-Von Freeman-Paulinho Garcia-Dave Gordon-Scott Holman-Darling Instigatah-Joseph Jarman-Carlos Johnson-Beaky Johnston-Ken Karlson-Phil Kidder-Neil Kristie-Elijah Levi-Bobby Lewis-Martha Lorin-Malachi Favors Maghostut-John E. Magnan-Michael Mason-Susan May-Corky McClerkin-Dan McIntyre-Marie Michuda-Miss Midori-Ilhan Mimaroglu-Janice Misurell-Mitchell-Roscoe Mitchell-Christiana Moffa-Famoudou Don Moye-Tim O'Dell-Dave Onderdonk-Joanie Pallatto-John Paris-Dave Pavkovic-Willie Pickens-Frank Portolese-Hal Russell-Rob Ryndak-Paul Scea-Bobby
Schiff-Damon Short-Bradley Parker-Sparrow-Ron Surace-Linda Tate-Andy Tecson-Steve Thomas-TV Pow-Tomas De Utrera-Marshall Vente-Mark Walker-Kurt Westerberg-Enoch Williamson-Francis Wong-Libby York-Max Zbiral-Teller; and guest artists Mike Allemana, Ruben Alvarez, Billy Branch, John Devlin, Bob Dorough, Luiz Ewerling, Fareed Haque, Redd Holt, Howard Levy, Alejo Poveda and Eldee Young.

With Music, Bradley Parker-Sparrow and Joanie Pallatto, Partners/Southport Records

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