Gil Parris

Parris’ playing is influenced by sax, pedal steel and piano players, which gives him a fresh, unique style. His creative solo arrangement of “Pop Goes the Weasel,” featured in the compilation, “Public Domain” garnered him a Grammy nomination in 2001 for Best Folk CD.


Parris is one of very few artists that have nationally released albums in over four different genres: R&B, smooth jazz, traditional jazz and blues. He has solo albums on RCA/BMG, Okra-Tone/Koch, and his own “Jam This” release.

Parris? first artist-driven Hot Licks video, “Modern Blues Guitar” has been a bestseller for over three years, and he is part of their national video, “Masters of the Stratocaster.” In addition, Gil was the lead guitarist for the seminal jazz/rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears, playing to thousands, and appears extensively on their Christmas album (2003). He appeared on NBC’s The Today Show with rising sax star David Mann and followed with sold out performances at Catalina Island‘s Jazz Trax Festival and Berks Jazz Festival, among others