David was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia in 1961. He studied music at both Acadia and St. Francis Xavier Universities where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music as well as a Diploma in Jazz Studies. In 1983, he moved to Toronto and was a co-founder of the Shuffle Demons with whom he recorded five discs, several videos and toured throughout Europe and North America from 1985 to 1995.  He also composed or was the principal composer of many of the Shuffle Demon hit songs including the classic “Spadina Bus” and “Out of my House Roach”. He has one gold record, (Contact! The All-Star Collection…a collection of hockey themes that includes The Shuffle Demon version of “The Hockey Night in Canada Theme”) He has one Juno nomination for Best Jazz Album “Streetniks” by the Shuffle Demons. Since leaving the Shuffle Demons in 1995, he has been playing and recording in the Quebec City area both with his jazz trio, The Trio David Parker, (two discs), Jig’s Up! (one disc) the electrifying sax quartet Sax-O-Matic (one disc), Saudade (three discs), The Dudes of Swing and The Groove Music Project among others. In 2005, David completed his Masters in Jazz Performance at Laval University and is currently head of the music department at St. Patrick’s High School.

  

Here's a little history of David Parker's artistic accomplishments:

  • MUSICAL EXPERIENCE: 

                1982 - present:  Professional Saxophonist, singer and songwriter 

                1995 - present:  Band Leader (Trio David Parker, The Dudes of Swing, Jig’s Up) 

                1984 - present:  Co-founder (Sax-O-Matic, The Shuffle Demons) 

                1982 - present:  Sideman for numerous musical projects including Saudade, The Groove Music Project, Blue Rodeo and Doctor                                                 John. 

                 2001 - present:  Performing member in the "League d'impro musicale de Québec"

  • MAIN RECORDINGS:  The Shuffle Demons (5 discs), Saudade (3 discs), The Trio David  Parker (2 discs), Jig's Up! (1 disc), The Dudes of                                                Swing (1 EP),                                                  Hockey Project (1 EP)

  • TELEVISION:  Much Music, Musique plus, The Ralph Benmergui Show (CBC), The                                       Lonesome Pine Special (PBS), The Elephant Show (Sharron, Lois &                                       Bram), Canada AM and others. 

  • VIDEOS:  Spadina Bus, Out of My House Roach (both original compositions were in                          regular rotation on Much Music and Musique plus) 

  • TOURING:  Most major jazz and folk festivals in Canada and Western Europe as well                            as tours of the USA and Cuba. 

  • AWARDS:  Jazz Juno nomination for "Streetniks" (Shuffle Demons) 1986;  Gold                                    record for "Contact!" The All-Star Collection CD "Theme from Hockey                                Night in Canada" 

  • SONGWRITING:  Over 40 original compositions on Itunes, Spotify etc. 

  • JINGLES:  Co-songwriter & saxophonist on "Ninja's Unboxing" 2012, (4.2 million                                views on Youtube);  Singer for "1-800 Got Junk" radio commercial. 

  • MUSICAL THEATRE:  Wrote "The Ballad of Skates Randolf" - a jazz-flavoured twist on                                             hockey and its' origins.  It features 21 original compositions                                                     (First production planned for Fall 2022);  Band leader for QAC                                                  production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" (2018) and "Hair"(2022) 

  • NARRATION:  Recorded promo for Fraser Recovery Program (substance abuse help)                                 as well as various other businesses in the Quebec City area.  

  • ADJUDICATOR:  Université de Laval saxophone juries;  Rhythms International Music                                      Festivals 

  • ACTING EXPERIENCE:  

                2010:  Conseil supérieur de la lanque française - web capsules 

                1986 -1995: Music videos with Shuffle Demons for Much Music etc. 

                1999 - 2022:  Humerous musical clips with Sax-o-matic for Youtube                                                                (500,000+ views) and Tiktok (150,000+ views)

 

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