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Cumberland County Library and Information Center
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Fayetteville, NC 28301

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FSU Faculty and Friends: The Haydon/Parker Duo

 With Craig Shaw, bass

The duo was formed to explore the forgotten traditional and contemporary jazz standards within the framework of the vibraphone and piano. By selecting and arranging tunes for this combination, Geoff Haydon, pianist and Don N. Parker, vibraphonist, create musical textures, which draw the audience into the listening experience. The duo has appeared at several universities and colleges in the Mid-West and the South and has made appearance at the Austin Jazz Festival in September 2001 to end their CD Release Tour of “My Foolish Heart” (ACA Digital JM 10004). The CD has received reviews by the Percussive Arts Society and the Austin Jazz Magazine.

In April 2006 and 2007, the duo appeared as featured artist and adjudicator at the Columbia Basin College Jazz Unlimited Festival in Pasco, Washington with Bill Watrous and Jeff Clayton. In February 2012, the duo presented performances and workshops at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Alabama State University, and Bethune-Cookman University.  The duo has presented numerous clinics and performances and In December 2015, the duo released its 2nd CD entitled “Reunion” (ACA Digital JM 100005) “ performing jazz from not-so-standard collection with swing, bebop, Latin, fusion and commercial styles with the addition of acoustic bass. 

Biography on Performers

Geoff Haydon- Piano

A native of Manassas, Virginia, Dr. Geoffrey Haydon has successfully bridged both classical and jazz styles of performance. Currently Dr. Haydon coordinates the piano faculty at Georgia State University where he teaches piano, piano literature, jazz history and jazz theory. Known as a classical and jazz soloist, he is also a member of the Haydon-Lyke Piano Duo, the American Music Trio, the Haydon/Parker Duo and the Georgia State University Faculty Jazztet.

Dr. Haydon has performed throughout the U.S., in Europe, Russia, China, Japan, South America and Central America. He has performed with well-known jazz artists such as Eddie Daniels, Joe Henderson, Bill Watrous, Marvin Stamm, Nick Brignola, Randy Brecker, Ndugu Chancler, Conrad Herwig and Hal Crook. He has also performed with touring shows including The Phantom of the OperaThe King and I, The ProducersHairspraySister Act and Grease.

In addition, Dr. Haydon is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator. He has numerous publications with Alfred Publishing, Warner Bros., Stipes Publishing and is co-author of Jazz History Overview, a textbook by Kendall Hunt Publishing. In collaboration with editor Robert Pace and arranger James Lyke, Dr. Haydon has co-arranged American popular songs for solo piano in a book titled Oldies But Goodies published by Lee Roberts Publications (distributed by Hal Leonard Publications). Beginning Jazz, a book of Dr. Haydon’s jazz piano compositions, and a Christmas piano duet book have been published by Lee Roberts Publications. Both include MIDI accompaniment tracks available on CD. He has developed an impressive reputation as someone with a high level of expertise using technology in the areas of performance, composition, arranging and pedagogy.

Dr. Haydon is an artist/clinician with the Contemporary Keyboard Division of Roland. He can be heard on Cabin Fever, a jazz CD by the McLean-Haydon Jazz Quartet, and My Foolish Heart, a jazz piano/vibraphone CD by the Haydon/Parker Duo.  Both CDs are available on the ACA Digital label. Dr. Haydon received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Richmond and studied three summers at the Aspen Music Festival. He received his Master and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Nancy Garrett and Gregory Allen.


Don N. Parker – Vibes

Dr. Don N. Parker serves as Professor of Music-Percussion and Assistant Chair at Fayetteville State University. Don recently served as the artist in residency for the River City Drum Corp for their inaugural percussion ensemble in Summer 2014 and guest clinician for the annual Keeper of the Dreams Celebration in Louisville, KY in January 2015.  In 2011, he has served as the guest conductor for The HBCU-NBDC All-Star Percussion Ensemble in Atlanta, Georgia and Percussion Instructor at the H.O.P.E. Summer Percussion Camp at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.  Don has presented performances, clinics, and master classes at middle, high schools, and universities throughout the country and abroad with recent appearances at Virginia Tech and Claflin University (SC). He performs with the Fayetteville Jazz Orchestra and Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra since 2003 as a featured soloist and serves as principal percussionist. He also has performs with his trumpet/percussion duo, Double Take, which released its second CD in 2008 entitled “Atmospheres” featuring commissioned works and his jazz vibes and piano duo, The Haydon/Parker Duo, which has just released its second CD in December 2015 entitled “Reunion” available on the ACA Digital recordings/ Albany Record.  He is the director for the Summer Music Camps @ FSU. Don contributed a teacher resource guide to “Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz Vol. I“ complied and edited by Richard Miles and Ronald Carter released in 2007 through GIA Publications as well as the recently release of Vol. II in December 2015.

Dr. Parker holds active membership in PAS, NACWPI, MENC, JEN, and American Federation of Musicians.  He is currently serving as President of the NC Percussive Arts Society State Chapter.  Prior to FSU, Dr. Parker taught at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Chadron State College (Nebraska) and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  Dr. Parker has a B.M. in Performance and Music Business from DePauw University and a M.M. and D.M.A. in Percussion Performance from the University of Texas in Austin.  Dr. Parker has endorsements with Sabian Cymbals, Mapex Drums, Mike Balter Mallets, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo World Percussion, LP Music Group, and Majestic Percussion.  For more information go to:

Craig Shaw- Bass

Craig Shaw is an Atlanta born bassist of international acclaim.  He is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University with B.M in Arts in Music Education degree from Clark Atlanta University and a Master of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University.  Shaw is a mainstay on the freelance performer and educator of jazz and classical bass in Atlanta.

His performance resume reads as a Who’s Who of performers including Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, Don Braden, Lionel Hampton, Rufus Reid, Dizzy Gillespie, Chico Freeman, James Moody, Wynton Marsalis, Vanessa Rubin just to name a few.  Jazz Times reviewer, Bruce Pulver described Shaw’s Playing on Gordon Vernick’s Destination as “ Always focused on the ensemble, Mr. Shaw is the classic role player. A dedicated student of his craft, Shaw is continuously absorbing and adapting to his music surroundings.”