Marilyn Parker is co-founder of the Jazz Interpreters. Her mother taught her piano beginning at age 5. She played clarinet in high school and through the encouragement of her mentor, the late Gene Adams, transferred her reed knowledge to the sax at age 25. She has been the leader of an all women's quintet; a jazz quintet called Simbu; and was a reed player at Mixed Blood Theatre performing in such shows as "Midnight Motown" and A...My Name is Alice." Marilyn put down her saxophones to raise her children. When her daughters were teenagers, they encouraged Marilyn to "do what makes you happy--music" so she picked up the sax again and is having even more fun the second time around. Marilyn plays the family of saxophones. Along with the Jazz Interpreters, she currently plays in the Capri Big Band as well as at her church.