Originally from Jersey City New Jersey, Eddie Parente has lived in Boston Massachusetts where he played in a Mexican Mariachi Band, while studying Classical Indian Music with Tabla master Shashi Nayak, attending Irish Traditional Music sessions, and playing in an International folk dance band.
Since moving to the Portland area he continues to play and record with a wide variety of musical groups, covering many styles. Some of his past and present associations include Portland State University Symphony Orchestra where he studied Violin with Artist in Residence Carol Sindell, and Cascade Symphony Orchestra as Principal Violinist.
However, Jazz has always been his primary focus. He sites Saxophonist, composer and arranger Clif Waits, with whom he studied at Portland Community College as his primary mentor.
Parente has also studied and played with pianist / composer Gordon Lee of the Mel Brown Quintet, Darren Clendenin, Saxophonist / Arranger Bob Newman and Bassist / Violinist Rob Thomas. Eddie’s main influences: jazz violinists - Rob Thomas, Stuff Smith, Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, Johnny Frigo and Svend Asmussen.
Eddie with Viola
A Rave Review:
"You guys were great, we got so many comments about the music, you
were perfect for the event!"
Susan Kunkle, Providence, July 2013
Eddie on violin, and Justin Franzino on accordion played Italian
music for their "In a Tuscan Garden-themed Luncheon"
Eddie and Betsy Goy, Violin and Cello Duo
Perfect for weddings and elegant events!
Seven n Seven Trio
Eddie plays the unusual seven string violin, (4) with seven string guitar, (6)
and percussion in this special and unique Jazz trio. This combination of stringed instruments gives the grpup a sopund and continuity as if there
were a bassist in the group.
They play a soulful, melodic, variety of lyrical jazz, Bossa Nova, and Pop Music. They are available for weddings, corporate events, private parties, and other joyous events.
Seven n Seven Trio
Eddie also plays in Rose and Thistle and New Shilling Celtic Bands, also listed on our site.