- Studied bass with Richard Davis, Jimmy Garrison and Paul West
- William Parker played bass at Salt and Pepper Jazz Club, South Bronx, New York.
- William began composing and playing jam sessions at local clubs in New York City
- Performed with NIA at Billie Holliday Theater
- Trio with Hassan Dawkins
- Presented concert of own piece for 17 piece band called Aumie Orchestra
- Universal Lamps with Bill Lowe
- Studied music with Bill Barron
- Founder of The Collective Band, the Music Ensemble.
- Concerts and sessions with Gene Ashton (aka Cooper-Moore), Billy Bang, Karl Berger, Charles Brakeen, Billy Higgins, the Juice Quartet, Frank Lowe, Jemeel Moondoc, Sunny Murray, Charles Tyler and David S. Ware in performances at Ornette Coleman’s Artist House, Studio Rivbea, Studio WE, the East, and all night sessions at the basement on Waverly Place
- Studied bass with Wilbur Ware
- Centering Music/Dance Ensemble with choreographer Patricia Nicholson
- Cecil Taylor’s big band at Carnegie Hall
- Theater Productions with Juju Players and the National Black Theater
- Duo with Rashied Ali, at Hilly’s on the Bowery
- Performed at the Five Spot with Don Cherry and Jazz Lofts with Kappo Umetzu, as well as performers listed above
- The Music Ensemble
- Composed and presented ballet, “Dawn Voice” and many dance/music concerts at St. Mark’s on the Bowery and Environ
- Ensemble Muntu
- Performances with Music Ensemble
- Duo with Billy Bang
- Frank Lowe Quartet and Duo
- Jemeel Moondoc Quartet and Duo
- Maxine Sullivan
- Composed and presented ballets: “Liberation Folk Suite,” and “Sun Garden” for mixed ensemble with reeds, strings and voice
- Performed at Kingsborough Community College and SUNY Stony Brook with the Music Ensemble
- CETA Artist Program with Theatre for Forgotten. Composed for theater productions and performed in prisons and hospitals
- Taught music workshops at drug rehabilitation centers
- Concerts of new music at the Kitchen with Denman Maroney and Todd Capp
- European tour with Jemeel Moondoc
- Composed music for double quartet concert at St. Mark’s on the Bowery.
- Composed and presented “Light Slices My Heart,” a ballet with string quartet and
- Composed and presented music for voices and small ensemble, inspired by Aztec poetry
- Played bass with Raphe Malik Quartet, James Lott Ensemble and Earl Cross in concerts at Yale University and New York University
- Trio Concert performing his own compositions with David S. Ware, and Dennis Charles
- Composed and performed “Night Skies,” a modern ballet in collaboration with choreographer Patricia Nicholson
- Joined Cecil Taylor Unit and also
- Joined the group, Commitment
- Played bass for Medicine Show’s production of Shaw’s “Don Juan in Hell.”
- Played bass for the Gunter Hampel’s Big Band
- Concerts for solo bass in Berlin
- Composed “Peace Suite” a composition for large ensemble, voices, dance and poetry
- European tour with Cecil Taylor Unit
- Premiered “A Thousand Cranes,” an opera for orchestra, dance and a chorus of 1000 school children, performed at opening of UN Second Special Session for Disarmament, June 1982
- Performed concerts of his own work with Marilyn Crispell, Karl Berger, Khan Jamal and Daniel Carter
- Premiered composition, “Inheritance” for three voices, bassoon, alto flute, double bass and dance in Downtown Music Series at Third Street Music School
- Taught childrens workshops at Lower Eastside Music Workshop
- European performances with Peter Brotzmann, Han Bennik, Tony Oxley and Connie Bauer and the Cecil Taylor Unit
- Presented an all star ensemble at the Kool Jazz Festival, featuring Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, Raphe Malik, Jemeel Moondoc, Charles Tyler and David S. Ware
- Co-organized “Sound Unity,” a five day international festival at CUANDO, New York City
- Performed in trio with Milford Graves, Peter Brotzmann at Sweet Basil
- European tour with Cecil Taylor
- Premier of opera, “Becki Graybeard”
- Composed and presented two major pieces for big band, “Vega” and “Rocket Man”
- Composed music for PBS documentary, “Community Dig”
- Performed in concert with Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Lyons, Frank Wright and Steve McCall at The Afro-American History and Cultural Museum, New York City
- Performed in concert with Bill Dixon, Philip Wilson and Beaver Harris
- European tour with Cecil Taylor
- Composed and presented at La Mama, “Vision Peace and Battle Cries”, a modern ballet for large orchestra with poetry and voice in collaboration with choreographer Patricia Nicholson
- Co-organized Lower East Side Music Festival
- Presented workshops with Bill Dixon Quartet at Middlebury College, Vermont
- Japanese tour with Billy Bang
- European tour with Cecil Taylor
- New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship
- Co-organized Second Sound Unity Festival, New York City
- Composed series of large ensemble works, called “Orchestral Concepts”
- Performed weekly at Neither Nor and the Gas Station, New York
- Presented composition for large ensemble, with poetry, voice and dance “Vision on an Ordinary Day” at Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York
- William Parker Quartet at the Knitting Factory Jazz Festival
- European tours with Cecil Taylor Unit.
- Composed “The Ghost Garden”
- Performed Part III, “The Water Cycle” for strings, tuba and dancer.
- Toured New England with the Cecil Taylor Unit
- Performed in Estonia with Peter Brotzmann
- Guest performer with Essential Music at Greenwich House
- Artist-in-residence in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Bennington College, Vermont
- Participated in Total Music meeting, Berlin, Germany
- Presented Part II, “Fire Cycles” of his composition “The Ghost Garden” with dancer Patricia Nicholson
- Composed music for Marcus Dance Theater, “The Generation Table” performed at PS 122, and for Charles Dennis Dance Troupe
- Toured Japan, England, France and Germany with Cecil Taylor’s Feel Trio
- Solo bass concerts in Boston and New York.
- Verona Jazz Festival with Milford Graves and Charles Gayle
- Composed and presented a song cycle for solo voice and
- Composed music for piano and flute, piano and percussion, and solo piano
- Founded the sextet , In Order to Survive, whom performed at Roulette and the Knitting Factory.
- Featured performer with Muhal Richard Abrams, Billy Bang and Butch Morris.
- Conducted music workshops at Bennington College and
- Performed concerts and conducted workshops with Roscoe Mitchell at Cal Arts.
- The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, which performed at the Knitting Factory Jazz Festival, the Cooler, CBGB’s Gallery, and University of the Streets.
- Performed with In Order to Survive, Philadelphia.
- Led sound spread piece for dance, music, and poetry, called “Floating Tomorrows” for the Improvisers Collective Festival.
- Co-organized and performed in the Stork Music Festival.
- Toured Europe and United States with Rashied Ali, Peter Brotzmann, Bill Dixon, Arthur Doyle, Charles Gayle, Milford Graves, Roscoe Mitchell, Sunny Murray, Harold Smith, Carlos Ward and David S. Ware.
- Artist-in-residence at the Music Conservatory in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
- Composed new music for Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater
- Re-orchestrated the music from Dvorak’s opera “Rusalka.”
- New recordings: “In Order to Survive”, Roy Campbell, Matthew Shipp, Paul Murphy, Christoph Gallio, Charles Gayle, and Sunny Murray (for earlier recordings, see Discography)
- Premiered 10 compositions in an eight week season with the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra at the Knitting Factory
- Performed with John Zorn and Derek Bailey at the Knitting Factory
- Concertized in Vancouver, B.C. with Roger Baird and Daniel Carter, reuniting the Music Ensemble of ’75
- Taught the spring semester at Bennington College
- Performed with Jin Hi Kim and Oliver Lake at Merkin Hall
- Taught master classes at the New England Conservatory of Music
- Performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival with Kidd Jordan.
- Composed music for the dance-drama “The Shadow People.”
- Toured Europe with Peter Brotzmann, David S. Ware, Werner Ludi
- Performed with own group In Order to Survive at Eindhoven Festival, Netherlands
- Premiered “Mass for the Healing World” at the What is Jazz? Festival for a 10 piece ensemble and dance
- Presented a series of solo bass concerts at various venues in New York and Virginia
- Performed with the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra at the Panasonic Festival in New York
- Performed with In Order to Survive at the Vision for the Twenty-First Century Festival in New York
- Toured Europe and Canada with David S. Ware
- Solo bass concerts, led workshops and played tuba in trio with Eugene Chadbourne in the Bay Area
- Premiered, Cells of Sound = Word, Lotus Gallery, NY
- “If Words Could Speak” collaboration with Steven Dalachinsky
- United States tour with Mathew Shipp
- Toured Ireland, Spain, Norway and Japan with, Collective 4Tet, David S. Ware, Frode Gjerstad and Intermission
- The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra and Dance performed at Verona
- “In Order to Survive” performed in Nante.
- Performed with Intermission and Derek Bailey, Holland
- The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra New Zealand/Auckland
- Toured with David Budbill in New England to support duet recording, “Zen Mountain Zen Streets.”
- The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra performed at Alice Tully Hall, New York
- In Order to Survive Quartet performed at the Guelph Festival and in Washington D.C.
- The William Parker Special Quartet performed in Berlin.
- Peter Brotzmann’s Die Like a Dog Quartet at the Victoriaville Festival, Quebec Canada
- Toured in Japan and Europe with Intermission
- Taught music workshops at Tu Casa, New York
- “Kaleidoscope” commissioned by Arts for Art with funds provided by NYSCA.
- The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra performed at the Fifth Annual Vision Festival, New York
- The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra performed as part of the “Interpretations” series at Merkin Hall, New York
- Composed a series of pieces which were performed by the Swedish Orchestra and Dancer, Patricia Nicholson , Sweden
- Conducted workshops at Tu Casa, New York
- Performed and/or recorded with Matthew Shipp, Hamid Drake, David S. Ware, Peter Brotzmann, Alan Silva, Billy Bang
- Performed at the Earshot festival in Seattle with Fred Anderson and Hamid Drake.
- The David S. Ware Quartet, The Blue Note, New York
- Taught at the Rotterdam Conservatory and toured Holland with the group Intermission and dancers.
- The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra performed Distillation Of Souls dedicated to the victims of the world trade center tragedy, Boston and Amherst Mass
- Premiered the Music of Curtis Mayfield project entitled The Inside songs of Curtis Mayfield
- O’Neal’s porch quartet, Sterling Scotland.
- Received a grant from Mary Flagler, for a new orchestral piece called Universal Tonality, which was performed by a 15 piece ensemble at Roulette, New York
- Performed in duet with bassist Peter Kowald at the Victo Music festival in Canada
- The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra documented a live performance from the Vision festival.
- The David S. Ware Quartet, Newport Jazz festival
- An interpretation of Music and the Shadow people performed at the Guelph Festival in Canada
- Concerts with Oliver Lake and Jin Hi Kim, and Mathew Shipp at the London Jazz festival
- Toured England with Spring Heel Jack, Evan Parker, Han Bennick and Matthew Shipp
- Mathew Shipp’s String Trio at the Walker Arts Center, Istanbul Turkey, and the Burlington Jazz Festival
- Bass duet with Alan Silva in Paris
- Performed with D.J. Spooky, Guilermo Brown and Mathew Shipp, Berlin Jazz festival
- Healing Song music/dance suite performed at Tamoere jazz festival Finland, and the Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston
- Residency at the Jerrassi Foundation, San Francisco
- Duet concert with Milford Graves in New York as part of the vision club series
- Premiered new compositions for the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra at the Vision Club Series
- Toured the East Coast of the United States with Peter Broztmann Trio,
- Residency in Hungary
- Curtis Mayfield Project in Rome for the New York is now project,
- Played with Henry Grimes and Charles Gayle
- Bass Quartet featuring Alan Silva, Sirone, Henry Grimes And Charles Gayle at the Vision Festival
- Artist in residence at the Haystack, Maine.
- United States tour with Fred Anderson and Hamid Drake.
- Roy Campbell’s Pyramid Trio, Tel Aviv Israel
- Voted Jazz musician of the year in Italy by Musica Jazz
- Toured with The William Parker Quartet, and with Raining On The Moon,
- Residency in Hungary composed music for multiple ensembles.
- Duet with Joelle Leandre in Le man France,
- Premiered New Composition For Percy Heath with The Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra at the Victoriaville Festival in Canada, and in Sardinia
- Taught at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
- Premiered Lakota Chamber music for wood winds and Light In The Hall of Whispers for string ensemble,
- Residency in Buffalo at Hall walls
- Performed theatre/dance/music piece “Looking for Cookie Gilchrist” in collaboration with Patricia Nicholson, Buffalo Puppet group
- Duet Performance with Hamid Drake at the Walker Arts Center
- Toured Texas with the William Parker Quartet
- Workshops in Hungary,
- Premiered Tutsi Orphans a duet for two-multi instrumentalist at The Bang On a Can Festival
- We’re Still Dancing” playing the music of Fats Waller. Duke Ellington choreography by Patricia Nicholson,
- Played at the Blue Note In Milan with Anthony Braxton and Hamid Drake,
- The Math Festival with Anthony Braxton and Milford Graves,
- Residency with poet David Budbill at Luther College in Iowa,
- Toured USA with the William Parker quartet (Rob Brown, Lewis Barnes Hamid Drake),
- premiered Muti-media piece, “Expanded Humanity”, with students from Humanity Prep School playing laptops, poet David Budbill, Perry Robinson clarinet and magic, plus student string ensemble from Connecticut directed by Daniel Levin, also video projection and dance Patricia Nicholson. This was part of the concept called Universal Tonality.
- European tours with William Parker quartet, including the Pitch Folk Festival Chicago, By Any Means Charles Gayle, Rashied Ali, Matthew Shipp Trio, David S. Ware Quartet, Amiri Baraka, Duets with Billy Bang,
- played the New Orleans Jazz Festival with Kidd Jordan,
- San Jose Jazz Festival with the Eddie Gale All-Stars,
- Concerts with Cecil Taylor in London, Regio Emilia and Bologna (Anthony Braxton, and Tony Oxley),
- toured Europe with William Parker piano trio Luc’s Lantern with Eri Yamamoto & Hamid Drake.
- Duo concert at the Living Theatre with Fred Anderson. Premired a string quartet “On Being Native” mixed ensemble piece “Triangles Of Light”.
- Taught workshops in Zagreb, Croaitia and Sardinia.
- Premiered Lakota Chamber music for wood winds and Light In The Hall of Whispers for string ensemble,
- Residency in Buffalo at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, performed theatre/Dance/Music Piece “Looking For Cookie Gilchrist” . In collaboration with Patricia Nicholson, Buffalo Puppet group,
- Duet Performance with Hamid Drake at the Walker Arts Center,
- Toured Texas with the William Parker Quartet, Workshops in Hungary, premiered Tutsi Orphans a duet for two-multi instrumentalist at The Bang On a Can Festival,
- Performed “On Their Shoulders We’re Still Dancing” playing the music of Fats Waller. Duke Ellington choreography by Patricia Nicholson, at Symphony Space
- Played at with Anthony Braxton and Hamid Drake, the Blue Note in, Milan Italy
- The Math Festival with Anthony Braxton and Milford Graves, Residency with poet David Budbill at Luther college in Iowa Toured USA.
- With the William Parker quartet (Rob Brown, Lewis Barnes Hamid Drake) premiered Muti-media piece at Roulette “Expanded Humanity” with students from Humanity Prep School playing laptops, Poet David Budbill, Perry Robinson clarinet and magic, plus student string ensemble from Connecticut directed by Daniel Levin, also video projection and dance Patricia Nicholson, This was part of the concept called Universal Tonality.
- European tours with William Parker quartet, including the Pitch Folk Festival Chicago, By Any Means Charles Gayle, Rashied Ali, Matthew Shipp Trio, David S. Ware Quartet, Amiri Baraka
- Duets with Billy Bang,
- The New Orleans Jazz Festival with Kidd Jordan,
- The San Jose Jazz Festival with the Eddie Gale All Stars,
- Concerts with Cecil Taylor in London,
- European tour with Regio Emilia and Bologna (Anthony Braxton, and Tony Oxley with William Parker piano trio Luc’s Lantern Eri Yamamoto/Hamid Drake.
- Duo concert at the living theatre with Fred Anderson.
- Premiered string quartet “On Being Native” mixed ensemble piece “Triangles Of Light”
- The William Parker Quartet, Moscow,
- The Curtis Mayfield project Teatro Manzoni in Milan
- Norway with Rashied Ali and Charles Gayle
- Toured Europe with Tony Malaby And Nasheet Waits
- Performed in Tunisia with “Raining On The Moon”
- Duo bass concert in Udine with Stefano Scodanibbio
- Lectured at political/music conference at the Sons d’hiver Festival Paris
- Music/Dance Concert Madrid with Orchestra residency in Milano at the PIM theatre/ concerts with Guissepe Logan
- New York concerts with Joey Baron
- The William Parker Quartet, Saalfelen Austria and at the Sunset Club, Paris
- New orleans Jazz Festival with Kidd Jordan
- Duo concert with Billy Bang at the Rubin Museum
- Duo concert with Milford Graves in the Azore Islands
- Performed live soundtrack for Jean Luc Godard’s film Alphaville at Nuovo Cinema Bologna
- composed music for the Hocus Pocus Orchestra in Monopoli concerts in Amherst Philadelphia, Baltimore with Conrad Bauer, and Hamid Drake.
- Solo Bass in Toronto.
- Other Minds Festival with Kidd Jordan and Warren Smith.
- Played with The Art Ensemble Of Chicago in Philadelphia,
- Tour of west coast with trumpeter/composer Eddie Gale.
- Concert at The Stone with Jalalu Kalvert Nelson and Ellen Christi,
- Trio with Evan Parker and Hamid Drake at the magic triangle in Amherst Mass.
- April premiered ‘The Trance Quartet” with Bill Cole, Steve Baczkowski, and Ravi Padmanabha
- Trio with with Raul Bjorkenheim and Hamid Drake, Stavanger Norway
- Trio in Montreal with Fred Anderson and Hamid Drake
- Duet concert with Mark Helias.
- Tour of Norway with Frode Gjerstad Composed music for 15 piece Bass Choir. Played at the Blue Note with David S. Ware Trio, Duet concert with John Tchicai
- Performed live sountrack to Film by Slyvain George Courtisane festival Qu’ils reposent en revolte(des figures de Guerre)
- Composed music for the AMR in Geneva 16 piece ensemble
- Played at the font festival tribute to Bill Dixon
- Toured Europe with Farmers By Nature Craig Taborn, Gerald Cleaver
- Performed in Brazil with Rob Masurek and Yusef Lateef
- Played with Peter Broztmann at the Vision festival.
- Led the string Orchestra perfroming the music of Billy Bang at the Vision Festival Guelph Jazz Festival
- Solo bass concert / Kidd Jordan quartet with Joel Futterman, Al Fieldler
- Trio Dave Burrell and Sabir Mateen Zacatecas Mexico
- Toured Europe with Amiri Bararka Speech Quartet, recorded string quartet plus saxophone improvisations with Daniel Carter for video “On Being Native”
- Toured Vermont with Poet David Budbill,
- Premiered The Essence Of Ellington In Portugal (Guiamares festival)
- Duet concert with Charles Gayle
- Recording with Thollem Mcdonas Performed excerpts from The Opera “How The World Changed Itself” as part of the Universal Tonality Concept, Paris at the Sons dhiver Festival
- Conert in Milano at the Theatre Manzoni with The Essence Of Ellington 15 piece orchestra featuring Kidd Jordan.
- Toured Russia and Siberia with Hamid Drake and Russian musicians including pianist Roman Stolar
- Residency in Moscow with Patricia Nicholson Parker