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Walter Parazaider

Parazaider in 2008
Background information
Birth name Walter Parazaider
Born March 14, 1945 (1945-03-14) (age 64)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Rock, Blues, R'n'B, Jazz
Occupations Musician
Instruments Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet
Associated acts Chicago

Walter Parazaider (born March 14, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois) is best known for being a founding member and saxophone player for the rock band Chicago. He also plays the flute and other woodwind instruments in the band, including clarinet, he is also an accomplished guitarist, and has been known to play rhythm guitar for the band on occasion.

Parazaider began playing the clarinet at the age of 9. As a teenager, his growing talent was being groomed for a career as a professional orchestral musician.

Inspired by the Beatles hit "Got To Get You Into My Life", Parazaider became enamored with the idea of creating a rock 'n' roll band with horns. Early practice sessions at Parazaider's house included guitarist Terry Kath and drummer Danny Seraphine, who were both friends during his teenage years. Another friend who became involved was future Chicago producer James William Guercio.

The band, originally called The Big Thing, eventually became Chicago with the addition of Lee Loughnane on trumpet, James Pankow on trombone, Robert Lamm on keyboards and Peter Cetera on bass. Parazaider's primary musical role in the band has consisted of playing saxophone, flute, and woodwinds on James Pankow's horn arrangements. Never a prolific writer, Parazaider's compositional contributions ("It Better End Soon: 2nd Movement", "Free Country", "Aire", "Devil's Sweet", "Window Dreamin'") have been minimal relative to the other members.

Parazaider performs the highly recognizable flute solo in the Chicago hit "Colour My World", which became a popular 'slow-dance' song at high school proms during the 1970s.

He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and will be given the National Citation as well as being recognized as Signature Sinfonian along with fellow Chicago members and Sinfonians on August 26th, 2009.[1]

A member of Chicago since its inception, Parazaider continues to tour extensively with the band (and is occasionally filled in for by Larry Klimas). Walt has been married to his first wife, JacLynn for almost four decades and has two children, Laura and Felicia.

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