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Gene Ess' latest album, A Thousand Summers, is a jazz-inspired album that unlike his previous albums, features vocals sung by Nicki Parrott. Parrott is a professional vocalist and bass player.
Ess is from Tokyo, but grew up on a US Air Force Base on Okinawa. By the age of 14, Ess was consistently playing at local concerts and clubs. Many considered him a child prodigy. Ess went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music after he received a scholarship to the school. He graduated with honors in 1990 and was eager to purse a full-time music career.