Leo Parker United States
Leo Parker (April 18, 1925, Washington, D.C. - February 11, 1962, New York City) was an American jazz baritone saxophonist. He was known in jazz circles by his nickname "the Lad." Parker studied alto saxophone in high school, and played this instrument on a recording with Coleman Hawkins in 1944. He switched to baritone sax later that year when he joined Billy Eckstine's bebop band, playing there until 1946. In 1945 he was a member of the so-called "Unholy Four" of saxophonists, with Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons.