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DION PARSON & 21st CENTURY BAND Returns to Ginny's Supper Club on September 11-12
(Published: August 15, 2015)

Featuring Their New CD St. Thomas!

St. Thomas - the exciting new CD by Dion Parson & 21st Century Band hit the streets this summer and has since gained international airplay and critical acclaim! This explosive, rhythmic ensemble returns to Ginny's Supper Club by popular demand on September 11-12!

Ginny's Supper Club
310 Lenox Ave., NYC 10027
Phone: 212-421-3821

Dion Parson & 21st Century Band:
Dion Parson - Drums/Percussion
Ron Blake - Saxophones
Riley Mulherkar - Trumpet
Victor Provost - Steel Pan
Kenny Davis - Bass
Carlton Holmes - Piano/Keyboards
Danny Sadownick - Percussion

As the next generation of emerging U.S.V.I. artists, Dion Parson & 21st Century Band is fast becoming the model for musicians from the Virgin Islands. St. Thomas - an amalgam of flavors ranging from soulful melodies to hard-hitting rhythms - demonstrates the technical skills and creativity cultivated from such a lush musical and cultural heritage. "Ultimately, St. Thomas is the musical expression of the journey through the diverse history and musical diaspora of the U.S. Virgin Islands, presented in a jazz format with the freedom of interpretation through various improvisational styles." - Dion Parson

21st Century Band:
In 21st Century Band, GRAMMY® award-winning drummer and composer Dion Parson has put together a powerhouse ensemble. Comprised of seven of the world's finest musicians, the band features a fresh innovative sound that boasts a superb mix of US Virgin Islands traditions such as Quelbe, and other Caribbean infusions like reggae, calypso, soca, mento, ska, zouk, steel pan, chutney, and funk with New Orleans and African overtones.

Dion G. Parson:
One of New York's finest, GRAMMY® award-winning drummers, Dion Parson is founder and leader of 21st Century Band, an educator, and a composer. Born on June 11, 1967 on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, Dion's musical foundation includes classical, reggae, calypso, jazz, African, and pop music. He received a BA in Music Education in 1990 and his Masters in Jazz Performance in 2012 and has been an Artist-In-Residence at the University of the Virgin Islands for the past few years. An educator committed to giving back to his community, Dion is President of United Jazz Foundation and founder of "Mentoring Through the Arts of Music," a music education and mentoring program that helps young musicians discover, hone, and showcase their talent while preparing them for professional careers in music.Dion has performed globally and has successfully recorded as both a sideman and a leader for several major music labels. In 2007, together with Nicole Koerts-Parson, he started United Jazz International which produces events in the USVI and around the world. Dion Parson & 21st Century Band and its music were recently annexed as a permanent part of USVI musical history. Visit: dionparson.com.

Nicole Koerts-Parson: nicole@unitedjazz.org

More Information: http://www.ginnyssupperclub.com/event/927299-dion-parson-21st-century-new-york/

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