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A Portrait of Horace Parlan

For years, Horace Parlan played jazz with some of the biggest names, including Charles Mingus and Archie Shepp. Now, at 84, his long piano fingers are stiff, and he lives in a nursing home outside of Copenhagen.

2015 / Rikke Houd / BBC, UK

For years, Horace Parlan played jazz with some of the biggest names, including Charles Mingus and Archie Shepp. Now, at 84, his long piano fingers are stiff, and he lives in a nursing home outside of Copenhagen.

Producer Rikke Houd visited Horace in the small coastal town where he spends his days surrounded by music. The portrait is a Falling Tree production for the BBC World Service.

Learn about Rikke's unconventional approach to the musician profile, and how she worked to create textured scenes and characters within the confines of just one room... in our behind-the-scenes interview.


Photos snapped by Rikke Houd.

Rikke also produced a portrait of Horace's longtime friend and collaborator, the saxophonist Archie Shepp, which you can listen to here.


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Rikke Houd

Rikke Houd is a Danish independent working in the field of crafted audio storytelling and documentary art.


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