Kimberly Reeves Parker Biography (long version)
Looking back, Canadian-born pianist Kimberly Reeves Parker was destined to be a composer. At age 4, she began playing piano by ear. As the youngest of four talented musical siblings, Kimberly’s most profound musical influences came through her brothers and father. Daily life at the Reeves’ house revolved around music with impromptu living room concerts featuring an entire band of Reeves talent. When Kimberly was still a child her older brothers – Ken, Wade and Grant Reeves – toured the country with numerous well known bands while composing original music and forming bands of their own.
Kimberly’s brother Grant, an award winning composer and performer, made a habit of waking Kimberly during the wee hours of the morning to have her play piano parts to whatever music he had composed that night. With such strong musical inspiration so close at hand, Kimberly’s evolution as gifted composer was almost inevitable.
Early classical studies led her to play professionally by age 13 at the University of Washington for the Dance company. By her mid-teens, Kimberly had developed a strong affinity for jazz. With the diversity of Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll and Jazz filling the house - along with her father’s love for accordion and her brother’s compositional work - Kimberly soon began to integrate her own improvisational ideas with strongly developed classical chops. Kimberly was searching for a new vehicle in which to explore her own talents.
After musical directing and composing for theatre in Seattle for several years, Kimberly began a decade long stint of traveling and playing clubs, festivals and concert venues in Canada, the West Coast, Europe and the Cayman Islands. Kimberly moved to the Bay Area from Seattle in 1992 and since then has performed as a soloist, with duo's, trio's and quartet's at hotels, clubs and concert venues in San Francisco and the greater Bay area.
Kimberly and her brother, Saxophonist, Composer & Producer, Grant Reeves. http://www.grantreevesmusic.com
Listen to Kimberly's original compositions on her CD, Liquid Sister. Also sample her other work such as - Trio Live at the DeAnza, her SF Quartet, Reeves Parker Project and Kimberly’s Solo CD, a compilation of jazz standards released in 1993. All CD’s and MP3’s for purchase on this site.