With Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis
Ashlin has been playing with pianist and Jazz Master, Ellis Marsalis, in a variety of settings during the past three years, ranging from the famous club in New Orleans - Snug Harbor, to jazz festivals in New Orleans and Bermuda, to Marshall University, and to Dizzy’s in New York City.
At Dizzy’s in Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Ellis Marsalis Quintet played four evenings in November 2016. The final concert may be viewed here: https://youtu.be/lolhEL9v7h4 . A surprised reviewer, expecting a performance on the “staid size of the jazz street,” described the ensemble as “a quite energetic machine” with “extremely capable musicians.” His full review may be read here in the Columbia Tribune.
At New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2014, 2015, and 2016, Ashlin performed with the Ellis Marsalis Sextet to enthusiastic standing-room-only crowds. Both performances were recorded live and are available for purchase here: https://www.munckmusic.com/wms/jazzfest/index.html
At the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts in January 2015, Ashlin played with the Ellis Marsalis Jazz Quintet. The reviewer called the performance a “Masterclass in Jazz” and noted the “superb high legato of Parker’s trumpet” in one number and a “brilliant vibrato solo by Parker” on another tune.
One reviewer of the group’s performance at French Quarter Fest in April 2015 hailed it as a “funky outdoor party.” Applauding the energetic approach taken by the master and his musicians, the reviewer had this to say about the individual musicians: “Bassist Jason Stewart and drummer Jason Marsalis acted as a musical trampoline, vaulting saxophonist Derek Douget and trumpeter Ashlin Parker to the heights. Some of the finest frontline playing came when the two horns locked in counterpoint duets -- a modernist bow to the group improvisations and heated emotions of early New Orleans jazz.”
Another reviewer echoed the excitement about the French Quarter Fest performance, writing that “… the 80-year old Ellis Marsalis evaded the rain, drawing a packed crowd to Jackson Square, with a quintet performance that needed no defending on grounds of age. With drummer son Jason Marsalis always propulsive and uplifting and a soaring front-line of Ashlin Parker, trumpet, and Derek Douget, tenor and soprano, theirs was music with real bite and zest. Parker and Douget are both educators in the city and were new names to me but not to Ellis, for both had studied with him. “They keep me young,” he told me.”