Saxophonist Antonio Parker, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is known for his dynamic, energetic
and virtuosic performances as well as his versatility in a variety of musical genres. His artistry is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition but incorporates a wide spectrum of musical influences. He is a visionary artist who has been performing nationally and internationally for over 20 years.
Antonio is a graduate of Howard University where he received undergraduate and graduate degrees in jazz studies. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of the District of Columbia.
His many artistic achievements include serving as a USIA (United States Information Agency) Jazz Ambassador to Africa, where he performed and conducted jazz workshops in Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Zaire, Congo, Morocco, and Tunisia. He has also toured and performed in Japan, London, Scotland, Paris, Spain, Canada, Austria, as well at the pyramids in Egypt with Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Antonio has recorded and/or shared the stage with many well-known artists and entertainers, including Go-Go legend Chuck Brown, The Blackbyrds, The O’Jays, Peabo Bryson, Ruben Studdard, Betty Carter, Illinois Jacquet, Jean Carne, and Christian McBride. His 2002 debut CD, “The Exchange,” was very well received.
His latest recording, the 2-disc “Steppin’ Out” Live @ HR-57 (released in 2012 on his Airegin Label), documents is constant growth as a performer, composer, and bandleader. His latest recording, “Planetentiary” was released in 2016 and shows the dynamic range of his artistry, as he explores a mixture of jazz, funk and groove, with collaborations from the likes of renown trumpeters Roy Hargrove and Russell Gunn.
Antonio has taught music in the Washington, DC public schools and the Prince George’s County Public School system. He is the founder and executive director of the Inner City Jazz Foundation and continues
to inspire and educate young people on the importance of jazz music.