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Dion Parsons

"a soloistic drummer with a pianist's propensity toward makingmusic.."Lezaro Vega, The Grand Rapid Press

Born on June 11, 1967, Dion as a child was exposed to a variety of musicincluding: classical, jazz, calypso, reggae, salsa, Latin, and WorldMusic. Encouraged by his family, teachers and members of the community, hebegan exploring his musical talents at a very early age.
Parson's first musical instrument was the trombone, but at the age of15, he began playing drums, and was awarded a grant from V.I Council onthe Arts to study at Interlochen Music Academy in Michigan. Uponreturning home, he was selected to be the V.I.. representative in theMcDonald's All American High School Band.

While in high school, Dion heard Rutgers University's Professors JazzEnsemble; which led him to enroll at Rutgers, the State University ofNew Jersey in 1985. There he studied percussion with Mr. Keith Copelandand Mr. William Moersch. In 1990 he recieved his B.M. in MusicEducation.
After graduation Dion moved to New York where he quickly became part ofthe "jazz scene" playing with such Jazz greats: Milt Jackson, MontyAlexander, Jon Faddis, Steve Grossman, Gary Bartz, Terence Blanchard,Geri Allen, Donald Harrison, Don Byron, David Sanchez, Ray Anderson,Stephen Scott, Marc Cary, Lee Konitz, Ernest Ranglin, Ron Blake, TerellStafford, Cyrus Chestnut, Babatunde Olatunji, and Baaba Maal.

Being exposed to these great musicians enabled Dion to record for majorrecord labels: Columbia, Sony (France /Japan), Grammavision, Arabesque,Blue Note, Verve (Polygram), Enja, and Concord Records. His associationwith these musicians has taken him on tours to Japan, Europe, UK,Canada, the West Indies, Africa, the Middle East, and the USA. Dion hasbeen involved in various Theatrical productions : "Lady Day" (BillieHoliday), produced by Trinity Repertory Theater, and "Lulu Noir" (JazzOpera), written by Lee Breuer with music by Jon Faddis, produced bySharon Levy and Anglika Saleh of Angelika Theater, NYC.

In 1992, Dion began his teaching career at Rutgers University (NJ),which led to other teaching credits at Cheyney University (PA), V.I.Council on the Arts Jazz Exchange Workshops (St. Croix Jazz Festival),Artist in Residence Programs at the Arts High School (NJ), Harlem Schoolof the Arts, and private lessons.

1994 was a pivotal year for Parson, who began to study with masterdrummer, Michael Carvin, whose teachings encouraged Dion, to approachmusic with a worldly and spiritual view of his instrument.

"Parson's style and sound owe much to Roy Haynes and Max Roach.Skittering open rolls, high-pitched toms, and bright cymbals. DanceUN-cotentiously in the background, always on top of the beat."

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