Longineu Parsons

Scotty Barnhart – Director of The Count Basie Orchestra
“...Longineu Parsons is one of the most versatile and uniquely original musicians in history. A virtuoso of the highest order with unmatched creative skill...”
Longineu Parsons is a musician of strength in sound with finesse in artistry…vitally important in the education of today’s jazz listener.
A sure lipped player that knows how to use his creative freedom wisely…hot stuff.
Midwest Record



The Longineu Parsons Ensemble Featuring Nat Adderley Jr.

Comprised of Longineu Parsons on trumpet, Nat Adderley, Jr., on piano, Jose Serrano on bass, and Longineu Parsons, III, on drums, this band is a one-night course in music appreciation.  Parsons is the protégé of Nat Adderley (he plays Nat’s cornet)

What A Wonderful World
A Tribute To Louis Armstrong

 Longineu Parsons is one of the world’s finest trumpeters and when he interprets Louis, he goes far beyond what can be studied and learned.  The way he touches the trumpet and growls his vocals is as though he is channeling the great master of American music.  

21 Blue

21 Blue will take you from Louis Armstrong to Howlin’ Wolf to Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix and beyond.  This group does what no other group can in terms of playing the history of American music and making you love the fact that you are there to dance to it.

Longineu Parsons blows his trumpet with fearsome intensity…it makes for a fascinating listen…great album.
All About Jazz (4-star review)
Dr. Longineu Parsons


The career of Longineu Parsons, with its many musical pieces and parts, serves as a metaphor for what he calls “the disorder of the human tribe.” The whole of Longineu Parsons is greater than the sum of his parts, and he has made it his mission – and the mission of his own Tribal Disorder Records – to use music as “a force against disorder in the human tribe.”

In his own life and career, this “disorder” has come in the form of widely diverse musical passions and pursuits.  Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, Parsons instinctively plays the blues as a native language.  After cutting his teeth playing hometown gigs starting in junior high, he toured on the Chitlin Circuit for a few years before attending Florida A&M University for his undergraduate degree.  There, two pivotal experiences would help set his course.  The first was that he heard the John Coltrane album “Expression” – it opened his ears and changed his life.  Though he was already into Miles Davis and “Bitches Brew,” something was different about this.  To this day, if Longineu is said to play like anyone, “it’s Trane.”  Secondly, he met the famous trumpeter (and FAMU alum) Nat Adderley.  Nat took Longineu under his wing and over time, mentor and protégé became lifelong friends.  Longineu is honored to play Nat’s cornet as his main horn…  


The entire Longineu Parsons Collection