Blue Note artist Aaron Parks eagerly pushes back the boundaries ofjazz music and, with his progressive jazz, he frequently flirtswith styles like indie rock and hip-hop. The 25-year-old Americanbelongs to a new generation of innovative jazz musicians who arenot afraid to step across the line. Parks, who grew up in Seattle(home of grunge) started out studying maths, computer science andmusic. At the age of sixteen, however, he moved to New York todevote his time fully to music. Parks learned the finer details ofthe craft from legendary pianist Kenny Baron, after which he playedin the quintet of Terence Blanchard for several years. With thistrumpeter he made a Grammy Award winning album in 2007, A Tale ofGod's Will (A Requiem for Katrina), based on the Spike Lee filmWhen the Levees Broke, about the hurricane that devastated NewOrleans. Last year, Parks released his fifth album entitledInvisible Cinema which was very well received.