Maceo Parker CD Release & 75th Birthday Celebration!
August 16 – 19, 2018
FROM: The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
2033 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98121
SHOW ADMISSION: $40.50 (includes $6.00 service fee)
The Pacific Jazz Institute welcomes funky sax man Maceo Parker for four nights and six shows touring in support of his new release and 75th Birthday! Band members are Maceo Parker (Band leader/saxophone/flute/vocals), Greg Boyer (trombone), Will Boulware (keys), Bruno Speight (guitar), Rodney “Skeet” Curtis (bass), Pete MacLean (drums) and Darliene Parker (vocals). Show times are Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm and Sunday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm Thursday and 5:30pm Friday–Saturday.
Few musicians have made as much of an impact to their genre as much as Maceo Parker has had on the music of funk. Alongside James Brown with the JB’s and Bootsy Collins with Parliament, Maceo was fundamental in the development of the genre in the ‘60s and ‘70s. With a couple dozen albums recorded on in just that timeframe, many artists of a lesser caliber would call that enough, but not for Maceo. Instead, the funk master would go on to record all throughout the ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s, and ‘10s, recording for countless friends in between his own solo releases.
Most recently, Maceo has released an album, It’s All About Love, which he is currently touring to promote. Certainly not a man with much downtime, he describes his performance schedule in an interview with Entertainment Weekly as being on stage just under 300 nights a year.
His magic touch can be felt on the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s early release, Freaky Styley, a move that helped to inspire the genre of funk-rock as well as catapult the RHCPs into the international scene. He would also feature on recordings of hip-hop group De La Soul and folk singer Ani De Franco, as well as being an indispensable part of the later career of late pop-icon Prince, a man who refers to Maceo as “The Teacher”.
Born in North Carolina in 1943, Maceo Parker grew up admiring saxophonists such as David “Fathead” Newman, Hank Crawford, Cannonball Adderley and King Curtis. With a career that has surpassed many of his idols, Maceo has now been honored by his home state with a Hall Of Fame induction and a North Carolinian Heritage Award. These awards come in addition to the lifetime achievement award from Les Victoires du Jazz in Paris, the Icon award at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, and the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
Even now in his mid-70s, Maceo will continue to show off his chops at his live shows – switching through horns, dabbling on the keys, and even picking up what James Brown famously called “that funky little horn behind you” on their 1973 hit song “Doing It To Death” (surprise! It’s a flute).
Whenever this sax-master is in town, it’ll be guaranteed that everyone around is “gonna have a funky good time.” In the famous words of James Brown, “Maceo, won’t you blow!”