Vic Parker

Vic Parker

Vic Parker

Chris Hodgkins (cornet), Vic Parker (guitar) and Jed Williams (drums); 4th January 1976 at the Quebec Hotel, Cardiff.

 

Chris played with guitarist Vic Parker. “He was born in Cardiff, played in London before and during the war. In 1940 he worked at the Embassy Club in Bond Street playing accordion and double bass with Don Marino Barreto. He can be seen in Barreto’s band during a nightclub sequence in the musical film Under Your Hat. He came back to Cardiff and I used to work with him in the Quebec every Monday and Wednesday. We had a little duo, just playing standards, and he would sing in a Cardiff accent. When you’re young, you forget so much. You can be handed the keys to the kingdom and you don’t notice. Working with Vic was like that: he was in his late 60s then, one of the nicest guys you could meet.”

A full biography from Val Wilmer of guitarist Vic Parker (1910-1978) is available at the Oxford Dictionary Of National Biography at http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/75564

Chris is being advised Humie Webbe on this project http://www.radiocardiff.org/humiewebbe.html

The Vic Parker project is under way. The first phase, Remembering Vic Parker took place at the Bute Town Community Centre, Loudoun Square, Cardiff  on Monday 2nd November 2015. The event was part of Black History Month with funding from Arts Council Wales and featured the Chris Hodgkins Quartet, Patti Flynn and Humie Webbe. Please see full press release Remembering Vic Parker. Press Release

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