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Gene Parker has been a professional musician in the Toledo area for 50 years. He attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and studied under Carmen Campione of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Parker has been a private teacher since 1960 and began teaching jazz history and pedagogy in 1963, long before jazz education became integrated into curricula in the United States. A true multi-instrumentalist, Gene teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute, vibraphone, bass, piano, trumpet, trombone, B3 Hammond Organ, electronic keyboards, Latin percussion, and midi instruments. Currently, Mr. Parker is instructor of Jazz Studies at Ohio Northern University and Jazz saxophone instructor at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan.

Ray Parker is a bass player, leader and sideman. His 2012-2013 trio project, “Swingin’ Never Hurt Nobody” charted highly. He has recorded or played with Dizzy Gillespie, Peter Erskine, the Three Irish Tenors and the Glenn Miller Orchestra, among others.

Neither is a stranger to the Toledo music scene, although Ray, a Perrysburg native who has lived in New York City and performed in some of the Big Apple’s most iconic jazz clubs for years, is only available to perform in the Midwest a few times a year.

Gene Parker – Saxophone
Ray Parker – Bass
Cliff Monear – Piano
Damen Cook – Drums

Tickets are non-refundable. No DSLR, point-and-shoot, or other digital/film cameras permitted (mobile phones are ok) unless credentialed in advance.

Doors: 7:15 pm (There is no admittance until this time)
Showtime: 8pm

About Lucille’s

Lucille’s is a cozy venue with clean sight lines & good sound featuring Jazz, Blues & Latin acts, plus eats. Founded in 2021, Lucille’s is a publicly accessible jazz lounge which is located inside TolHouse, a private, Members-only social club designed for the city-dwelling creative and entrepreneurial class.


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